(Epistemic status: Part of the Archetypal Filter series, actual pragmatic thing I am doing with my life, slight dissociative risk)
In the archetypal filter system, there is a filter I really revel in called The Seeker. This state actually splits off from a lot of the more extroversion positive things The Oracle state was bringing me before I developed my intuitions here further. The basic concept of The Seeker is I max extroversion, novelty seeking, impulsivity, and general willingness to spend weirdness points. I don’t exactly look for insight, intuition, or Right Things, I just try to have fun and keep life novel and interesting.
The Seeker is good at benign script breaking and largely the filter I use when I ask one of my favorite questions, “What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to
you in the last few days?” It primes me to really, really pay attention to the other person and what they’re saying and ask more and more questions. It is a high perception filter that prioritizes experience to a possibly unhealthy degree. It is The Seeker that can be
accosted by a stranger and proceed to think that further engagement
would be delightful.
The point of The Seeker, if it wasn’t obvious, is to experience and learn. To play. The Seeker is the filter that allows TRANSCENDENT JOY. The Seeker is the filter that allows
qualialgia. Overall, The Seeker is the filter where I can accept my emotions are big and full and regardless of what they are, accept them. I tend to spend a lot of my free time with The Seeker filter because it’s extremely adaptive to social situations and generally being a more mindful, perceptive person. It feels like a very important key to self
discovery and self improvement.
The drawbacks of The Seeker is I can get overwhelmed at times in ways that aren’t terribly great to experience. The Seeker is also kind of impulsive and possibly reckless
in ways that are inconsiderate to other people; the difference between The Seeker and The Demon Queen here is that The Seeker is not intentionally selfish, it’s just a natural result of an experience optimizing viewpoint. The Seeker is extremely unrestrained and blunt, which is unacceptable in more delicate social situations. The Seeker is also very much at a manipulative disadvantage; in this filter I want to think the best motives of everyone because the world is a wonderful place.
Overall, The Seeker is a very pleasant headspace but somewhat lower in self preservation than may be wise. I am curious, does anyone identify with The Seeker strongly? How impacted are you by the disadvantages compared to the advantages? If you don’t identify with The Seeker, does this sort of person seem attractive/interesting or
just really annoying?