Trying artist. Music lover. Smarts. Liberal. Atheist. Secular humanist. Vegetarian.
The name is Kate.
This has got to be the question I hate the most. Why? It seems innocent enough. It isn’t accusing or confusing. It can spark an interesting conversation. So, why would it be bad?
Quite frankly, it is a cruel question. It gets a child’s hopes up as the say how they want to be a veterinarian, run their own bakery, or even a professional athlete. Maybe a musician, great author, or non-struggling artist. Whatever it is, it is almost always some unrealistic expectation that would require a great deal more than what they have to offer. The whole thing becomes remarkably more sad when it is older kids who hold the unrealistic dreams. How they hold on to them like a life reservoir in the ocean until it hits them that their dreams are half an inch from impossible. That they too will be destined for some dull, 9-to-5 office job. That very few ever make a living doing what they dream to do.
I guess in the end the question is just a way to observe these hidden hopes. A way to bring them to the surface and allow them to grow. Such daring dreams would happen without it anyway, the question just allows us to observe such a depressing process. Maybe that’s what I truly hate, not the question.
Great, now I sound like I hate dreams. I don’t think I do, at least I hope I don’t. Dreaming can lead to some great things. Maybe what I hate is when adults play along with them, when they know that such things are silly whimsies. Then again, I also dislike it when they flat-out crush a child’s fantasies. Maybe what I want is for them to stay out of it and allow the youth to discuss it among themselves.
Or maybe I just hate this question because I myself have no idea what I want to be. Whatever.
I remember my friend telling me how she thinks racism towards blacks doesn’t exist anymore and the black people are in fact more racist than white people. I quickly pointed out this and a couple other studies showing discrimination when it comes to hiring. She was left literally speechless and stumbled over words for about half a minute before saying “I still think black people are more racist.” Sigh.
Via Singularity Hub:
Piecing together information from satellite images and eye witness accounts, Amnesty International suspects that the horrific concentration camps in North Korea are growing. Some 200,000 people live as slaves – enduring starvation, torture, and rape while performing hard labor. Many die every year, only to be replaced by fresh bodies. Of those that survive, few will ever be released.