Narrative Identity

“When we’re ashamed, we can’t tell our stories, and stories are the foundation of identity.”

Andrew Solomon
TED2014 – Andrew Solomon – How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Andrew Solomon writes about politics, culture, and psychology. His newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, tells stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so. He writes about families coping with deafness, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, severe disabilities, and many other challenges.

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Marring Yourself

“Women with full sleeves are common now, as in plentiful. In my day we were common as in trashy. “That’s your warrior side,” my female friends said. No – for my martial spirit comes from within. A few years ago I went to the Royal Free hospital to talk about removal. The doctor was unwilling. “You did a big, bold thing in getting it done,” he said. “Now be big and bold in living with it.”

Bidisha

…why I really have no love for tattoos. Also? If you are one of those people who believe the Bible is literally true, you are going to hell if you get a tattoo. Just FYI.

E=mc²

I’d be on you like the speed o’ light squared on matter to make energy.

Big Bang Theory, The Roommate Transmogrification, spoken by Penny

TVTAG/Facebook comment backdated to the blog. TVtag (Getglue) was an experiment in essentially MST3King everything on broadcast TV. Unfortunately for TVtag, the DVR made the interaction necessary for MST3K treatments to work nearly impossible to achieve. TVtag later turned itself into something called Telfie, which has also ceased to function. I can’t even find the archives on the Wayback Machine, consigning Getglue/TVtag/Telfie and all my comments there to oblivion.

Government is a Conspiracy Against the Superior Man

All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

H. L. Mencken, Smart Set (December 1919)

…the riposte to this should go something like “who determines what quantity makes a superior man?” I think the jury is still out on exactly what that is. Hopefully it will remain permanently hung on that verdict. Knowing what makes someone superior is to grant those who hold that quality unquestioned authority over you.

I’m currently listening to Mencken: the American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of the Bad Boy of Baltimore