There’s a very good chance you or I could do everything right and still get blamed when something goes terribly wrong and we are hurt.
We will get blamed for it, because if people can make it the other person’s fault, then they can imagine that they’re safe because they’re not like that person.
And it happens all the time.
I’ve had and continue to struggle with certain problems, one of them being securing safe, stable housing since my health interfered with my career several years ago.
Even so, I can be sufficiently moved by another person’s misfortune to feel compelled to respond somehow. That happened about 10 minutes ago as I was searching Craigslist for a short term gig so I can earn money to pay the remainder of the rent before the 3-day or quit gets posted to the door.
Instead, I ran across this:
The struggle is real.
I guess there are some truths that I would prefer never having known. An idealist’s disappointment is a blade that carves to tailored depths and is as blunt as time worn stone.
In a word: it hurts.
It hurts in an especially excruciating way because it challenges the core of the idealism that is the basis of all that is dreamed and championed for. Disillusionment robs us of that bit of ourselves, little by little. Dream by dream. Hope by hope. Love by love. Shattered. Scarred.
Perpetually standing adrift at the crossroad to the rest of our life.
Using IBM’s Watson for Personality Insights (a Tone Analyzer is also available), I entered samples of text from answers I have written and posted at Quora.com.
IBM describes this tool as a means to:
Gain insight into how and why people think, act, and feel the way they do. This service applies linguistic analytics and personality theory to infer attributes from a person’s unstructured text.
This was the result in a graphic of the Big 5 summary of my personality as interpreted by Watson via my writing
You are analytical and particular.
You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. You are assertive: you tend to speak up and take charge of situations, and you are comfortable leading groups. And you are altruistic: you feel fulfilled when helping others, and will go out of your way to do so.
Your choices are driven by a desire for discovery.
You consider independence to guide a large part of what you do: you like to set your own goals to decide how to best achieve them. You are relatively unconcerned with taking pleasure in life: you prefer activities with a purpose greater than just personal enjoyment.
It also predicts that I am likely to enjoy rap music and it is unlikely that I enjoy country music. That’s kind of interesting.
Accurate? I don’t know if I can say with certainty. I can say the results were consistent for the most part with every analysis I ran (approximately 10-12 written articles).
A genuine, dyed in the blue, classic Coke kind of Gen X website. I almost can feel my corduroy bell bottoms sitting on my bicentennial banana seat bike when I visit Jen’s site.
ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, GENERATION X.
I think it’s fair to say that people, for the most part, when addressing a topic that they are invested in with considerable emotion, tend to oversimplify, polarize and in some cases, do everything in their power to make their point an emotional investment for those they are engaging with, as well.
And, because I think it matters, when people are arguing or just discussing things that are associated with strong emotion, it isn’t necessarily the same emotion they appeal to if when seeming to intend evoking a reaction from someone else.
The person who has anger attached to a subject could be appealing to someone else’s feelings of fear, for example. Emotion isn’t rational. Hence, it can’t make rational decisions. It is, however, amazingly effective in triggering emotion in other people, and much to other people’s dismay and surprise, at times. When someone is arguing with you or even just taking a very forceful position that seems polarized, it’s not a bad idea to determine if the person is attaching an emotion and which emotion is at play. The reason for doing this is to prepare yourself and brace against being pulled away from your own attempts to remain rational and reasonable by appeals to your emotion. Because it happens suddenly like a club over the head. This can be circumvented when you assume the risk is present and watch for it with every statement the other person makes.
Nothing says rational, nothing says mature, adult behavior, nothing says integrity, nothing says cohesive principles and nothing says unambiguity like 100 adult women representating their message of respect for all women and “nature” naked to a major national political media event.
Because objectifying women’s bodies is completely reasonable when done by those who use their bodies to garner attention they could not otherwise influence through less “empowered” avenues.
Because it is perfectly undetstandable that nudity is acceptable when women choose to manipulate their environment to pay them heed no matter what anyone thinks or how it may offend or confound the public.
These women and those supporting their antics are a laughing stock, confirming yet again the irrational, immature impetuous character disorder of feminist ideology.
You are an embarrassment to women and all adults. Evidently, not all women of adult age have the requisite mental maturity to be considered adults.
Which makes this stunt that much more disturbing if even possible.
Go put your clothes on and act your age. Or, at least make an effort. Any one can get naked. It doesn’t require much thought. Be really shocking and try using logical argument to persuade instead of weilding your sexual organs as weapons.
And while you’re up, find a dictionary and look up the word “hypocrisy”. That’s you.