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What Has Kept The Community Together?

KLONDIKE, CP Army Central Philosophy Desk – Many people would become confused when they are asked with the aforementioned question, which makes sense because it’s so broad. What aspect of the community? The people? The armies themselves? The abundance of organization?

Because it’s so broad, the question actually refers to all three of these aspects, despite the fact if only one of them is talked about. These are not entirely different aspects, but more of a process, if you will. For example, the people partaking in this community are the actual building blocks of all of this, they build and compile armies, that lead us to having a uniformed body of organization.

So, if everyone in the community is foundation to the entire Club Penguin army community, then it’s true that everyone (or at least a majority) could just say, “Oh, what’s the point? Let’s just shut down the community and leave. There’s no point staying here.” Here’s the question: if this is all true, then what’s keeping us all here?

We’ve seen people retire due to many reasons, such as school, to restore their lives after using so much time looking at a computer screen, to take a break from all of the drama, because they’re bored of the community, or they just see no point in remaining here. Perhaps there’s too much stress from bullying?

No matter the reason, it’s evident that after a while spent observing the community, almost every retirement post’s content has always been filled with angst, and many people been known to return months, if not weeks, later to rejoin the action. Not everyone finds it simple to leave the community and stay out, no, it just doesn’t happen like that. There’s something that keeps us all here, something that holds us all tightly and retaliates whenever someone leaves. As a matter of fact, it’s several things, and each person has their own reason for staying.

“Chris, are you suggesting that we leave the community? Are you suggesting that we actually just leave?

Not at all, it’s just mere research, beloved readers. Nothing more, nothing less.

Due to the fact that everyone has different reasons for staying, this research will only cover just a few of those reasons, and these reasons are generalized.

 

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Community members also feel a bit of sadness when somebody significant retires, especially if they’ve made a positive contribution. What could it mean for the army they left?

 

The first topic of this research would be psychology. It’s only in our nature to seek interaction, it’s only natural to go to any lengths to be social with others, no matter what it takes and who these people are! So, here’s the tricky part: why not go outdoors to seek out actual interaction? Why not get out of our houses and talk to actual people instead of texting or using XAT?

There are some understandable reasons for this tricky logic, for example, there exists community members who are really shy, but how can anyone know that? It’s only due to the fact that anyone can change their personalities easier behind the security of a computer screen.

There’s also the possibility that certain people can’t seem to find much luck making and maintaining stable relationships in the real world, so they come online to see if they can better maintain friendships that way; however, since online friends are more susceptible to losing touch, it might make the separation less painful for these people unable to maintain friendships for the longest time.

Another valid reason for this tricky logic could be the well known fact that the people that one meets in the real world aren’t always the most secure, for example, how does a person know the other person isn’t plotting to harm them?

“Alright, even though you’ve explained all these seemingly valid reasons, what about social interaction keeps us here? Please elaborate on your key point?”

Even if the social interaction doesn’t bring on a long-term friendship, at least the people interacting with one another are happy to get immersed in a full conversation.It’s only human nature to get clustered up in groups and interact, so when a person retires, even if they somehow hadn’t made any long-term friendships (but there’s a huge possibility that they did), the separation anxiety can really make someone unsettled about the decision to retire from the community.

A few would even say that loners would feel at least a degree of pain when retiring; however, since not a lot of loners are known in the community, stable research in that peculiar field cannot be undertaken.

“Chris, loners exist on the internet, so go and do research on those people” I would, but that would involve other forms of social media; therefore, the results wouldn’t correlate as well as hoped.

In the aspect of interaction, it hurts even more to retire when a person has friends, no matter how close or far they are. It only makes sense, the feeling that friends won’t be able to interact anymore. The fear that they’ll miss out on each other’s lives. The fear of loneliness.

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There are many people who enjoy being lone wolves. 

Another main thing that keeps people here has to be the well known rank of leadership, it only makes sense. To rise through the ranks and become a leader. It can be easy to tell that people who feel insecure of themselves feel as though they don’t serve as a contribution to anything, and in severe cases, feel completely worthless. To break out of those negative thoughts and to fight for domination in a social setting is an absolute dream to those who feel insecure of themselves.

They’ve been known work hard to not lose their ranks, they work hard to keep the army alive, many people with insecurities will do anything to feel good about themselves, even if they don’t realize it right away.

So, if an insecure individual retires from the Club Penguin army community when they were in a leadership position, it would hurt. It would hurt due to losing that rank they worked so hard for, they’d probably feel insecure unless someone reassured them of the amount of contribution they’ve made to a given army.

There’s always that great feeling when troops obey your tactics, when you can lead an entire unit, the feeling there is just great!

“Chris, focus. 1,011 words in and you’re becoming power hungry”. Nobody has to be power-hungry in order to enjoy being a leader.

Shy people would be so happy to get to be a leader once they come out of their shells ***PIC USED FOR ABSTRACT, REPRESENTATIVE PURPOSES***

The final point to be made in this research would have to be teen psychology.

As a person grows into adolescence, there’s a common characteristic with a majority: they crave action. They crave excitement. Some may even wonder what action is in the community. To be honest, the action and excitement doesn’t come from the actual battles, but from all of the drama. The dramatic arguments about servers, written-on-the-spot peace treaties, army leaders post roasting amidst a war, and how servers are treated like actual land.

Without all that drama, the community wouldn’t be like it is today. Let’s be honest, that’s the type of drama most of the community craves. It gives this community life.

In conclusion, all three of those aspects of our community’s foundation (and plenty more) are the main reasons for why this community still has foundation. The community is an actual community, it’s treated as a second home to a majority of people that consist of members, mods, owners, and even leaders.

It’s that foundation that provides us with those armies, and it’s those armies that provide organization as uniformed bodies of online individuals.

Everyone retires at their own times. A person may retire at seven-teen, perhaps nine-teen, or maybe someone will retire at thirteen.

What matters now is the legacy we leave behind.

Here at CP Army Central, we want YOUR opinion! Please leave your thoughts in the comments below! 

 

Christohper1 

CP Army Central Philosopher/Historian 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Responses

  1. I can answer that:
    1.) Friendships
    2.) Server Wars/Battles
    3.) Grudges
    4.) Kids
    5.) Rules

  2. multilogging

    • and you multilogged too.

      • where’s the proof

    • Hypocrite

  3. This pinga, my dude.

    • YOURE ALIVE????

      • I have to agree with that, he’s been gone for who knows how long.

        • This is my fave post ever wary

      • KREATOS IS ALIVE??? Ö

        • Fluffy Sheep you gotta kik?

      • Omg Kreatos bruh its Rocky does you gotta kik?

        • I HAVE A KIK.

          • I know I got yours

  4. Hey Chris, I aren’t sure if it’s just me who doesn’t favour this, but would you consider removing your name in stuff like ““Chris, are you suggesting that we leave the community?””
    (Which is something you do for all your work)

    Maybe change it to just “Am I suggesting that we leave the community?”

    Because idk, it feels particularly awkward when I aren’t thinking of that question and a writing makes it seem like I am asking a question that didn’t even come to my mind at that instant I read your writing. D:

    It kind of destroys the engagement with the reader when such situations occur, so I would prefer it if you avoid putting your own name in rhetorical questions etc.

    Of course, if it’s just me who gets bothered by it, then nvm, go with the majority’s preference. Maybe get some other ppl’s opinion on it if you want to.

    Keep up the good work!

    • I understand your concern and you make an excellent point, you really do. Here’s my problem: as you said, I try to guess the readers’ thoughts when I feel a certain degree of insecurity with what I wrote. Also, if I do it the way you described, that’s a major indication that I feel quite lonely when writing my posts. I tend to stay away from XAT to minimize distractions when posting. Other than that, I truly thank you for bringing this all to my attention, if anything, I want readers to be engaged, to be immersed in my work. I hadn’t thought of your conclusion until you mentioned it.

      Thank you so much, friend.

      • I love how you’re so receptive to comments ;D
        You have become the face of CPA of philosophy in recent years, and I truly do find your work interesting. Regarding what I have pointed out, I think you should feel free to continue what you have been doing whenever you feel it’s better. You are the writer, you have your own writing style, and that I will respect. After all, perhaps only a small minority has the same opinion as I do, and maybe the majority actually likes it. I might have become accustomed to reading really formal writing IRL, such as news articles, and I guess I just rarely see someone using what you did in writing. And that might have made me find it a tad unusual. But others would perhaps find it entirely fine, maybe even better. And maybe that’s what makes you writing unique. So continue to do what you personally feel is best, and while I am glad to took my opinion so well, you don’t have to change your work in any way if it’s really just a few who think this way. 🙂
        Keep up the good work. O:

        Your friend,
        The Fluffy Sheep

        • Thank you, Fluffy. Just woke up and you already made my morning <3. 🙂

        • Bruh its Rocky does you got a kik

          • Ayyy Rocky 😀

            me or Chris?
            Baa, I don’t have it.

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