Apologies to the followers who expected many more Strong Female Sunday posts and other wonderful content. My grad school and two part-time jobs have begun, so I have not yet figured out how to balance those three responsibilities with this one. Content will continue to exist, just at a slower pace.
I fished a small treefrog out of my car today. The little guy wanted to stay and come help me do research. Kept jumping on my shirt and hands. He did make it to the ground after much protest. My depiction of the event is below.
There is no Strong Female Sunday this week, as I am on a short vacation. It will return next weekend, or earlier should I feel inspiration.
Good things which happened this past week:
-Got handed a ladybug and a caterpillar by some students (best feeling).
-Spoke with a highly qualified chemist about Metroid Prime and Magic: The Gathering.
-Saw the Pentagon.
-Saw extended family. Also met good people.
-Ate amazing cranberry/bacon/bison bar. Seriously the best meat jerky bar ever.
This is off-topic.
A friend of mine and I were discussing things about what we find attractive and how that works in different ways for different people. He had to go get to work, and in parting, he said, “Let us go our respective ways looking beautiful.” And it was dang pretty so I thought I’d share such a line here.
The following material is quite off-topic from what is normally posted on my blog. It also refers to regular people who do not have significant mental illness or other barriers which make it difficult to comprehend reality. It represents an opinion by a person not terribly interested in conspiracy theories.
My idea is that regular people who make or follow conspiracy theories do so because they have not read enough fiction. It could be fairy and folk tales, myths, scifi, fantasy, Harry Potter, what have you: they haven’t read it. It does not matter to me if the delivery method is electronic or dead tree format: they haven’t been exposed to story.
Television, YouTube, movies, and news articles can take you a large part of the way. It is admirable and civic-minded to keep abreast of a large body of nonfiction: news, politics, history, science, and the like. It is good to be aware of what is going on in the world and how you relate to it as a whole.
However, humans have a very deep-seated need for story. If they do not find one in their day-to-day lives, they will make something up. Fiction fulfills that need very nicely. A person can relate to the protagonist of a given story, learn that dragons can be beaten, (to paraphrase Neil Gaiman,) and learn how to present a coherent narrative. A person also learns to recognize false narratives and themes. That is a very valuable ability to have.
Without story, we are lost, and so we make something up to fill the need to tell tales to each other. With story, we still tell tales, but we can also recognize when tales are being told, and to guard against them if necessary.
Keep it civil, people.