This post is going to have some spoilers for the Muv-Luv visual novels and spoilers for Episode 2 of Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. If you’re reading the novels or haven’t seen Episode 2 yet, you have been warned.
I left my mom’s house. The environment was getting pretty crazy.
But why did I forget my earbuds and my mouse?
I grabbed my diploma. I grabbed my Takemikazuchi Revoltech (even made sure to put it in its original packaging). I grabbed my computer, my phone, both of those device’s chargers, my watch, my wallet, my knife, my jacket, my Magic cards and a few sets of clothes. I double-checked to make sure I didn’t forget anything important, then grabbed my copy of Shin Megami Tensei III, the best PS2 game ever made.
But I forgot my headphones, which I used to use to shut out my mom’s verbal abuse, and my mouse, which I used to play video games which helped feed my addiction to escapism so I could try to forget how much my life sucked.
Why did I not bring them with me? I guess my subconscious mind knew I wouldn’t need them where I was going.
The Ames Room is an optical illusion of forced perspective. It relies on the fact the mind of a person raised in a household has certain mental rules such as, “a wall has four corners and lines”, things that you only learn if you’re raised in a house. If you got someone who was raised in a cave, they would probably see through the illusion immediately since they weren’t socialized to think like most people.
A few months ago, I applied for a job. I didn’t get the job, but the interview process was a very valuable learning experience. I learned a lot of things about myself and I left with many questions that I still ponder to this day. One of the folks interviewing me said, “we’re interesting in hiring you because you think differently from other people; are you aware of that?” I bashfully replied, “oh no, I didn’t realize that at all.”
But I think I get what he was saying now. I was raised in a social environment that was very, very strange, and while that’s been a bad thing for me in some ways, it also allows me to see through a lot of illusions. I don’t perceive that as some kind of valuable or uncanny ability since it’s a result of how I was raised, but I realize now that to other people, I seem as strange to them as they seem as strange to me.