Eternalist Obscuring Nebulosity Tactics While hunting my shadow, I’ve identified some individual-level tactics I’ve used, or seen others use, to hide from meaninglessness. These all come from my solidly eternalist and dualist upbringing. Disgust/ Over-emotionality Eternalists can hide under a blanket of high emotionality to avoid meaninglessness. These eternalists are set off emotionally by almost any random thing. This ploy allows eternalists to pretend that meaninglessness doesn’t exist by creating a high level of emotion-based priority around meaningless details about other things. By creating a high-stress response to just about everything, with a random reactive pattern, they obscure the problem of meaninglessness. In this tactic, meaninglessness might be significant, but so are these infinitely many other things. Over-analysis of minutiae This tactic pretends that all details are important enough to debate. Success depends on the behavior of debating without intending to take action. This tactic assumes that all subjects can break down to a granularity level that can somehow be handled by the eternalist system and that all subjects are worth debate. Eternalists can use the Over-Analysis of Minutiae tactic to fillibuster any topic. They can hide from meaninglessness by putting an infinite stream of debatable minutiae in front of it. Wasting Time Some hiding-from-meaninglessness behaviors rely on wasting time to make others flee the discussion. This enables eternalists to completely avoid painful topics such as meaninglessness. This is kind of related to the disgust and over-analysis ploys, but it falls into the stupidity bucket. The Wasting Time tactic involves: 1) Constantly filling up time with worthless or negative chatter, 2) Solemnly discussing things that don’t matter, and 3) Endlessly defending the meaningness of things that don’t matter. The Wasting Time tactic enables eternalists to delay the contemplation of meaninglessness indefinitely. It enables them to exhaust anyone who might insist on discussing meaninglessness. At the same time, the eternalists can convince themselves that they are using everyone’s time kindly.