1) It is totally possible for someone who is good at English to also be good at maths. These people exist. I am one of them. Please stop trying to ostracize me for this, it's a really stupid reason to ostracize someone.
2a) The other night I had to write a paper which somehow summarized about 1500 years of the colonialism of the "New World" and the affects this still has on Native American life today and the whole time I was very bothered by everything. Part of this is due to the fact that my group mate who did the research gave me facts like "the pilgrims ate clams" but mostly because I'm just so angry and disappointed with these people that lived over 1500 years ago, in fact, 1500 years before I was born. I just cannot get it into my head why someone would intentionally mistreat, exploit, abuse, and/or kill someone they just met who were kind to the first party. I know that this is what colonialism is and that it has been happening since before written records, but I still can honestly not understand why anyone would do this.
Now, you might be saying that this is a good thing and that everyone should be like me yada yada, but no. I am not trying to be arrogant, but I agree that it is good that I am not the kind of person who would harm or exploit someone, or, y'know, force them into slavery, steal their land, and give them diseases in exchange for farming tips. But the issue here is that because I cannot understand the motives behind what drives someone to this, I cannot be part of the solution, because I do not fully understand the problem I am looking to solve. I am a writer, this means two things (in my case at least): 1) I am able to imagine lives that are not my own and live in them for a short period of time and 2) I write for a reason, which is most often to bring about change. So, I can write an entire novel about a secret spaceship and that novel will be written with the intention to teach readers about war, disease, human nature, how the government is sometimes wrong, how history is subjective, and how you shouldn't mess with homeostasis. I can do all that and, arguably, I have; but I still cannot place myself into the shoes of someone who hates another person for no reason (or superficial reasons, which are pretty much the same thing). I can say "Okay, I am now an asshole and I hate you because you are different," but that doesn't mean I understand why. I cannot see the motives behind this. And that is why I cannot offer a solution and that frustrates me just as much as the acts performed by the hateful people, if not more.
2b) This is in the same vein and somewhat of an addendum, but today I was asked by my school to complete a survey which they would use the results of to evaluate syllabi for future cross-culture courses. I didn't actually know that was the reason at the time, which might have added to my distress, but here we go. In the survey I was asked questions like "are you uncomfortable sitting next to someone of a different _____?" and the blank would be filled by words like "gender" "race" "religion" and "ethnicity." Then the question would be changed to: are you comfortable conversing with someone of a different ________? or could you work under someone of a different _______? And each time the questions were asked, I would answer along the lines of "hell yeah, I would, I really don't care what race/gender/religion/ethnicity/sex/beliefs someone is, so long as they are kind and can do their job and are human. And every time I was asked a question, I would think, this is so stupid, we shouldn't even have to be asking these questions, it should just be a given that we treat everyone the same because it is a human right and we should judge people on their character after we have met them instead of judging them by a small part of themselves that we don't fully understand. And the whole thing reminded me how it is (supposedly) necessary to administer these surveys because we need to see "how far we've come" and "how far we need to go," because not everyone believes as I do. And then I'm right back to not understanding other people and feeling trapped inside myself, unable to help.
2c) I am also not very happy that the survey seemed to assume that my social circle would consist only of Reformed Christian, white, straight, middle-class females. I myself can only claim to being white and a female of those options.
3) Hank Green has the most amazing camera and I find myself often missing intelligent and thought-provoking things he's saying in his videos because I am entranced by his camerawork.
4) People should not name their children after food. I have to keep saying this, but seriously, it only promotes cannibalism.
5) My family (or most of it) is currently in South Carolina without me, leaving me to a life of school, work, other work, taking care of the dog, and essentially living alone while they hang out on a beach in 75º weather. Really, I am entirely okay with living by myself and the only changes I've been able to notice are that it is actually quiet and I can get work done, that I lock the door earlier than I might normally (whenever I go to bed), and that I cannot cook for just one person. I most often cook for 4-5, but I can easily cook for 2, but not 1. I think tonight I managed to cook for 1.5.