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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Just Wondering

If people with intelligence and athletic ability are respected and glorified for such abilities........then are people whom do not exude these qualities looked down upon? Are they less of a person even if they are doing the best that they can with what they were given?

Just thinking.


  • At 2:00 PM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    i don't think so. i think people are usually harder on themselves than others. and i think people respect others for a lot of different things (intelligence, good personality, athletic ability, kindness, dealing well with adversity, etc.)

  • At 5:43 AM , Blogger jef said...

    Of course not! If that will be the sole criteria, then what a pathetic world this could be. It's about using whatever talents you have and being good at it.(and talent which means, being great in cooking etc, not just the flashy skills we know) It's this skewed perspective of what is acceptable and what should be glorified that makes other people not fully capitalized their God given abilities.

  • At 9:48 AM , Blogger Invader Stu said...

    I don’t think they are less of a person. I have respect for anyone who tries their hardest at anything. I think some of the people who are glorified should be looked down upon. Paris Hilton… need I say more.

  • At 11:45 PM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    stu - good point.

  • At 2:01 AM , Blogger Roxanne said...

    Bearette- yes, people are generally harder on themselves (me included!).

    Jef- I agree, in a perfect world we would all accept the abilities we were given and run with them. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, the influence of others can be too much to handle and we internalize things too much.

    Stu- Paris Hilton- (gag me with a spoon) I literally get sick to my stomach when I see her or hear her name. Come on people...get over her already. She's had more than her 15 seconds of fame.

    This question came to mind due to the comparing of one's children that can and usually does happen. Unfortunately, the more obviously talented child in a family, usually receives more recognition (even though talents are not always obvious, it still happens). It breaks my heart to see it happen in my own home.

  • At 4:14 AM , Blogger ThePurpleOwl said...

    Hi Roxanne (here from Ron's),

    Of course not -- or at least, not looked down on by me. I don't believe that any one person is overall better than any other person. At the risk of sounding like a human cliche, we're all different and that's what being human is. Being the best person that individual person can be is what's important -- I have to say I get frustrated when I can see that someone has potential but they won't try.

    Also, I like to think that everyone has something (at least one thing) that they can do wonderfully and that they should be respected for.

    Mind you, these aren't just my sentiments -- they're handed straight down from my mum to me. And although my brother and I are very different, she did/does a wonderful job of making us see our respective talents and special features. Seeing that one of your kids is good at something doesn't mean you're belittling the other/s... it's just recognising differences.

    Woah, talk about writing a novel in my first comment here. Way to go, me. (Raving on: it's one of my special talents. Ha!)

  • At 4:13 PM , Blogger Roxanne said...

    Purple Owl,

    Thanks for the novel. I love any and all comments (the longer the better sometimes). I agree with you that everyone has at least one good aspect of themselves that can be respected.

    I think as a parent, some people don't realize that they favor one child over another (and the unfavored child is quite affected). I know that sounds harsh, but it is what it is. I, by no means, am stating that I am a perfect parent (no one is and I am far from it).

  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger Invader Stu said...

    Roxanne - Everytime I see her album in the store I want to burn them.


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