Two things I learned or realized about myself this week stems for two "light-bulb-over-the-head-loud-inappropriate-gasp-epiphanies" I had this week.
Normally, I will have one epiphany. Which gives me a chance to mull it over, study it from several angles, digest it, formulate a lesson plan, and learn from it.
This week's two "a ha" moments have caught me off guard.
I say this because in the last three weeks I have had some strange encounters. Twitter is free, open to the public and I probably only can blame myself but ...
I am not a user of the "N" word. First, I think it is a hate filled word and the more it is used the less hate filled it becomes until the word loses its power to hurt. (not a good thing in my opinion because too many people have died, been offended and hurt over that word for it to become an endearment.)
Second, I have stopped speaking to people IRL much less people online for referring to me as such. I know how hard I bend my mind to absorb knowledge. Hell, I used to be one of those kids who thought if I slept with enough books under my pillow I could learn through osmosis. (Don't judge me, it is a valid idea - except for your skull not being porous enough and books not being a permeable material. In my next life - I'm inventing liquid books you can pour in your ear.)
Anyhoo back to Twitter and the "N" word. If I see that word in my timeline, I almost immediately want to unfollow that person. On a secondary level I feel closely the same toward seeing "bitches and hoes" and any of the spelling variations. Seeing those words makes me want to reevaluate who I'm following. If Twitter had a watch list, I could move that person there instead of totally unfollowing them. Maybe they were having a bad day (we all have them) and I don't want to completely wrong them in my head.
I hate being in the wrong. I hate thinking that other people got the best of me in a mental battle - even if I was wrong.
I have a huge Updates on ME post I've been working on that I need to finish so come back later or tomorrow.