Archive for September, 2011

Banned Books Week!!!

It’s banned books week (you probably guessed from the title…)!!!! So many books have been challenged and/or banned throughout history. There are legit reasons for banning books (religion, sex in children’s books etc.) but many of these but many of these reasons get twisted into excuses. Why do we ban books? Why do humans have the urge to protect other people from things when it’s not our place to protect them? Fear. We are human and we are afraid of so many things. We are afraid that our children will be influenced by these books that may have content/subject matter we don’t agree with. We are afraid that we will be punished for reading something that our intuition says is wrong. We are afraid of magic. Harry Potter (and many other books) are banned and challenged in so many places because they contain magic. We make excuses for this fear such as ‘magic is evil’ or ‘my religion dictates that I should’ but we are really hiding behind this curtain of safety. The only way for us to rid ourselves of fear is to face our fears. I used to be afraid of zombies and I wouldn’t watch Tv for a while because there was a zombie movie commercial on regularly. Then, I researched zombies, I read zombie books and looked at zombie pictures, and began to take a humorous point of view on zombies. I even side with zombies in the zombie/unicorn nerd debate but that’s for a different post. I faced my fear of zombies, and now I’m not afraid of them anymore, and even think they’re cute. As a society, we need to face our fears about these topics, and stop creating excuses for unjust censorship. Another reason to read banned books is to learn new things. Thanks to one of my previous teachers, I read Huckleberry Finn (I didn’t love it, but it was informative and well-writen) and learned about what life was like at that time. I also learned that in that time period, ‘nigger’ was a socially acceptable (albeit derrogatory) word to describe someone with dark skin, particularly an african-american person and/or a slave. I am now aware that this word is very offensive and not appropriate and socially acceptable today. I read this book, and I used it as a chance to learn about cultural differences. I don’t plan on ever calling someone that term, and I try very hard to be prejudice free. It should be up to parents to tell their children what to read and watch, not the libraries. We need to stop being afraid, and learn from other things. Read a banned book. It’s good for your mind.

 

(sorry, I’m not a very well organized writer but I hope a made a valid point.)

Knees

That’s a funny word….Anyway, I hurt my knee (I have no clue how) but it has hurt for three weeks and isn’t improved all that much. Arnica and advil are doing absolutely nothing….neither is ice. anyway (I just remembered! I used to say anyways and my mom would tell me there was no such word) I am bummed b/c I am missing the rollerblade season and I hope it gets better soon because I the fall is the best time to rollerblade (the spring is ok, but there;s a bunch of rocks left over from snowplows).

Introverts…

I am an introvert. That doesn’t mean I am crazy, or rude, or shy, or that I enjoy being alone all the time, It just means I have better things to do than to answer random questions you ask me, and reply with equally random questions that neither of us will remember the answers to. (aka make small talk). I have reposted this from Adam Young’s (Owl City) blog. The original post is from Carl King’s blog. I am guessing I should know who he is, but I have absolutely no idea…Here is his list of myths about introverts. (I told you this isn’t why I’m crazy!):

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.

This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.

On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.

Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.

Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.

Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.

Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.

Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.

A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

It can be terribly destructive for an Introvert to deny themselves in order to get along in an Extrovert-Dominant World. Like other minorities, Introverts can end up hating themselves and others because of the differences. If you think you are an Introvert, I recommend you research the topic and seek out other Introverts to compare notes. The burden is not entirely on Introverts to try and become “normal.” Extroverts need to recognize and respect us, and we also need to respect ourselves.

So I can blame high IQ on being crazy and socially weird…well now I can blame it on something!!!

Peace…