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Since you worry it, the area is crumbling. Your nightmares are made flesh. ” within the universe of BtVS, the constitution or even the very life of our global are decided through our easy offerings. worry and love are the 2 poles round which entire worlds are built. the basic stress among them grounds our uncomplicated offerings and creates the dynamics of the evolution of our human international. among those poles is the obligation of the Philosopher/Slayer, that's to start with to dispel the shadows solid by way of worry. existence is brief within the first episode of the sequence, “Welcome to the Hellmouth,” Buffy is status along with her Watcher, Giles, on a balcony within the favourite Sunnydale hangout, The Bronze. under them, youngsters are pulsing to primal rhythms. Giles is aghast: “Look at them, throwing themselves approximately, thoroughly blind to the chance that surrounds them. ” Buffy replies with the wit, pathos and directness that signify her anguished appraisal of existence: “Lucky them. ” Buffy had formerly been chatting with Willow, her new buddy on campus. probably luckless in love and scorned by way of the upwardly cellular model clique on the Sunnydale Public highschool, Willow has been confessing her experience of social inadequacy: “I imagine boys are extra drawn to a woman who can speak. ” Willow believes Buffy belongs to the very best social set, with appears and funds and men. Buffy desires to set her correct in this rating via giving Willow a soulful glimpse into her philosophy. “Well, my philosophy, do you wanna listen my philosophy? ” Willow lighting up: “Yeah, I do! ” Buffy places her philosophy—her easy view of life—in a nutshell: “Life is short.... now not unique, I’ll furnish you, yet it’s actual. you recognize? Why waste time being all shy and being concerned approximately a few man, and if he’s gonna snigger at you. grab the instant, ’cause the next day to come you're useless. ” Buffy envies her doubtless satisfied friends, who're unaware that demise lurks in each darkish nook. lack of awareness has to be bliss. She proposes an unoriginal philosophy of lifestyles, yet for her there's final originality. She is the Slayer, the one one in a new release, “one lady in the entire international, a selected One, one born with the energy and talent to seek the vampires. ” With those phrases, Giles exhorts Buffy to acknowledge her precise future and excessive accountability. Buffy breaks in: “to cease the unfold in their evil blah, blah, blah ... I’ve heard it, ok? ” Disturbed via her angle, Giles reminds her of her “duty. ” Buffy isn't moved: “I’ve either been there and performed that, and I’m relocating on. ” regardless of such protests within the identify of normal lifestyles as she knows it, Buffy does think the load of her duty—especially while neighbors and household and weak humans as a rule are threatened or victimized. while loss of life moves her college buddies, Willow says, “I knew these men. i'm going to that room each day. And whilst I walked in there, it ... it wasn’t our global to any extent further. They made it theirs. they usually had a good time. What are we gonna do? ” Buffy is aware her responsibility. Her worry and self-pity drop away.