The Idiosyncrasy of Friendship

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I’m just going to say it. Friends are weird… I don’t mean in that quirky, fun kind of weird way where we just get each other because of a lifetime of shared experiences. I mean that the societal structure of friendship is a weird concept to me. I don’t always get it.

In theory, friends are meant to help us, make our lives easier/happier/more complete. The maxims are all there. Maybe I lost a bit of that idealism over the years. Maybe I just never had it. Or maybe my lifetime of experiences were so zealously guarded by a need for privacy that I never fully developed it. I’m not sure, yet the statement stands: It’s weird.

This is quickly spiraling into a bitter monologue that you may just toss aside. Let me assure you: I am actually a friendly person. I’m not saying that I live my life sans friendship. I’m saying that intellectually (and sometimes personally) the construct of a friendship seems to be counter-intuitive.

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The Incorrect Political Correctness

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I think one thing that frustrates me when discussing cultural awareness and acceptance is this idea that discussing it at all is irrelevant. There are arguments to be made that “political correctness” is an accepted truth, and as such, one need not converse on the subject. We all should be doing it, and we know that, right? Wrong. Continue reading

Question Everything

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Ten years ago, Twitter didn’t even exist. Now, with a mere hashtag (what once was called the pound symbol, number sign, or even octothorpe), an entire movement can spread in minutes. The hardest part of this new push for social media becoming a news source is weeding out conjecture and bias. My advice: question everything.

It’s no secret that certain established news syndicates are pushing crowd perception in a specific direction. Also, one cannot assume to understand a nuanced story in 140 characters or less. So, reason would follow that anyone hoping for a clear, unbiased report of facts should research rather than read. Continue reading

More Definition: Molding our understanding of “Culture”

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As we work towards a more accurate understanding of people, we should first inspect our current perceptions. We often get so focused on individual pieces of a puzzle that we not only forget the whole picture, but we forget to take into account how the puzzle was constructed in the first place. So, let us work together to understand that process to, hopefully, create more intention and meaning into our comprehension of the larger architecture of humanity. Continue reading

Know Their Story

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When working in human services and education, you are often thrust in situations with a lot of people, primarily new people. As a teacher, each year brings new students and their parents. In human services, you could potentially meet new clients on a daily basis. It’s easy to slip into auto-pilot and go through the motions without seeing them for whom they are. It’s also easy to become cynical and apathetic. I saw all facets of that in my work. Continue reading