my world ends on a regular basis. (knowing #1)
It’s amazing how rarely you actually know a person.
One of Youtube’s recommended videos for me today was “Fergalicious.” It justified it by saying it was because I watched Lisa Mitchell’s “Oh! Hark!” video (whose lyrics are this post’s title)…obviously The Man knows nothing about me.
At the same time, I can’t really blame Youtube–or Facebook–for trying. The fact that my status is “single” might very well mean that I’m looking to meet hot guys online. Targeted marketing is all about stereotypes, and sometimes that seems unfair…but if we’re honest about it, we all need/use stereotypes to function.
How would we survive if we had to start from square one with every person that we met, without making any assumptions first? It’d be fantastic if we could actually pull it off–but it’d be an exhausting process.
As it stands, my goal is to let my stereotypes shift as much as possible as I get to know people better–the stereotypes are the temporary sketch I need to work with, but there’s plenty of detail to add that will make my final picture of that person less of a Picasso and a little more true-to-life.
The wording there was a nod to my art-major friends who just graduated.
“Kindness and intelligence don’t always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.” -Barbara Harrison