- Whovians: You know who has to carry the Olympic Torch and light up the fire?
- BBC: Hey, wait a second, you kno-
- Whovians: You know who has to do it
- BBC: Listen, that was just an episode-
- Whovians: You know who.
- BBC: It's just fiction.
- Whovians: You know who.
- BBC: But this series is not that important as-
- Whovians: You know.
- BBC: But-
- Whovians: Or the world will explode
- BBC: ...What?
- Whovians: It's time law BBC.
- BBC: ...
- Whovians: It's the law of the universe.
- BBC: ....
- Whovians: There will be a crack in time.
- BBC: I think you take this a bit too seriou-
- Whovians: The Doctor will come
- BBC: But David hasn't even got time for this, we asked-
- Whovians: It's written in history.
- BBC: But the Queen-
- Whovians: Will not be amused.
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.” —
what a radical idea yo
One thing that bugs me is when someone calls another person stupid. When you call someone stupid, it’s automatically implied that they have no intelligence whatsoever. I don’t think that there is a person out there with no intelligence in any subject. Even if someone is bad in one subject, there is probably at least one that they excel in. There have even been studies that have shown what I’ve always thought was true: That there are different types of intelligence, and it’s not just as simple as “Smart” and “Dumb”
For example, mathematical intelligence is something that is different from mechanical intelligence. You can understand everything about how to put together and take apart an airplane engine, yet struggle with algebra. That doesn’t make you stupid. It just means that you have a higher mechanical intelligence than a mathematical one, because that is how your mind works. On top of that, the mind is such a complex thing, that it’s hardly fair to say that one is just empty and vacuous. Even Snooki fromJerseyShorestudied to become a veterinary technician.
My point though is that by calling someone stupid, you basically invalidate all of their intelligence, all of the things that they worked hard and struggled to understand, and the awesome power of the mind. I do, however, think that there can be many actions which are just plain stupid. You can be a highly intelligent individual with a great understanding of a variety of subjects, but still do things that are just plain stupid. Take Snooki from Jersey Shore, for instance. Some of her past actions have been questionable at best. This does not make her stupid; it just means that she has done stupid things.
If you honestly doubt the power of the human mind and human ingenuity, just look at the machine you are using right at this very moment. You’re reading the typed out thoughts of someone who was able to post them from where he is to be able to be seen across the globe. Look at all the art and literature. Look at architecture. Look at the freaking space program! Look at the advances in medical technology. If these things don’t make you marvel at the power of the mind and what it can do when put to a task, then nothing will.
My point though, is that you shouldn’t just dismiss someone’s intelligence so readily when they have the potential for so much. Every mind has the potential to do great and wonderful things. Please try and remember that.
The Polite Madman