I’ve been seeing a lot of mixed opinions on the show so I just wanna share mine, as a person who has attempted suicide and as a person who’s friend committed suicide.
Honestly, people are missing the whole point of the show. Yes, suicide is the choice of the person who does it, but the actions and inactions of people in their life factor in on that choice, which is the whole point of the show.
The show is not a suicide prevention show, I’m sorry, it’s not. The main message of the show is to watch what you say and do to people and how you treat them because you never know what that negative impact could have on them. Showing a graphic suicide, which I agree was even a bit much for me to witness, was just an added shock value to really embed the message that your words have consequences.
I hate this mentality that bullying doesn’t cause suicide, because I know first hand that it sure as hell factors in on the situation. When you feel like your at the point of no return and have no one, your brain is swimming with negative thoughts, with the words others have said to you or said about you.
This is why Hannah tried to find love, not because love will fix everything when you’re depressed, but because she wanted just one happy thing, just one person who could show her they cared. I too became very codependent on someone just for the hope that that little bit of happiness could keep me going.
Not everyone who has dealt with these issues can relate to Hannah, and that’s okay if you don’t like it. I don’t recommend anyone who is dealing with these issues to watch because it is graphic and potentially triggering.
But I beg everyone else to watch so they can understand how much power their words have over people. I beg everyone who watches it walks away with a different outlook on life and the way they treat other people. I beg everyone reaches out and help and supports the Hannah Bakers in their lives.
So there have been a couple of posts about Sportacus’s book… closet (that is not a shelf) and a few of them have some decent resolution and I just have to say that Sportacus’s reading selection is… pretty specific? We’re talking like picaresque novels, bildungsromans, themes about murder, revolution, revenge, and redemption, heroes fighting against insurmountable forces, disadvantaged young/youthful heroes being shunned by society and striving to get any kind of tiny moral victory, children being the center focus of very dark situations… Kudos to the people who put that kind of thought into what he’s reading but now I can’t ever look at Sport the same way. I don’t want to make too specific a statement about his reading list because I haven’t identified most of the books and read even fewer, but. Dude. DARK.
edit- I forgot a major theme to many of these books: SLAVERY. He even has a book (The Weeping Wood) about the history of rubber production and the exploited Indian slaves!
I’m noticing a trend of people thinking this Spencer punch was some random street event?
He was being interviewed by media, I believe Australian news, about his political ideology. This was not just some periscope or YouTube video that got released where the person recording was pretending to engage Spencer as a distraction tactic for someone else to attack him. And the interviewer’s presentation of him during the interview as a mild-mannered intellectual with reasonable ideas that remain unchecked was dangerous as hell, and gave him a recruitment platform.
That punch was literally meant to deny him the ability to keep talking in that moment. To end that interview. To end his recruiting.
The basic structure of the sortinghatchats system is that you aren’t just sorted into one House, but into two tiers of Houses: Primary and Secondary. Your Primary House defines WHY you do things. Your Secondary defines HOW. To build this system, we’ve drawn on the Sorting Hat’s songs, general HP canon, extracanonical data (ex. interviews with JKR)… and then extrapolated.
People are complex– for joy or for utility, due to social pressure or careless recreation, people often use the reasoning or methods of Houses that aren’t their Primary or Secondary. We call this “modelling” or “performing” a house and we will explain it in greater detail later. These additional layers help us capture some complexities in characters that we couldn’t get using Primary and Secondary alone. People can vary hugely in how they embody their Houses; in this system, Aang, the heroic pacifist protagonist from Avatar the Last Airbender, shares most of his Houses with HP’s Lord Voldemort.
The way you decide which Houses are yours is not necessarily by looking at what you do, but at what would make you proudest and most content if you were strong enough to do it. Your sorting is what you want to be and what you believe you should do, whether or not you actually live up to it. That’s how people like Peter Pettigrew can end up in Gryffindor.
Your Primary is your why. It’s your motivations, your values, and the way you frame the world around you. It’s how and what you prioritize, and what you weigh most heavily when making your decisions. People often also assume that others share those priorities. A common response to our system is “but you must oversort into Gryffindor/Slytherin/Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff–everyone has that type of morality, deep down!”
Gryffindor Primaries trust their moral intuitions and have a need and a drive to live by them. They feel what’s right in their gut, and that matters and guides them. If they don’t listen to and act on that, it feels immoral.
We call Gryffindor morality “felt” but that doesn’t mean they’re all impetuous, emotional hellions. Gryffindors can still be intelligent, deliberate creatures who weigh their decisions and moralities carefully. Reasoning, intellectualizing and debate can be support for a Gryffindor’s felt morality– but those things can never make a fully satisfying morality in themselves. Some things are just wrong, no matter what pretty words you use to explain them.
Ravenclaw Primaries have a constructed system that they test their decisions against before they feel comfortable calling something right. This system might be constructed by them, or it might have been taught to them as children, or it might have been discovered by them some point later in life. But it gives them a way to frame the world and a confidence in their ability to interact with it morally.
Ravenclaws do not lack an intuitive sense of morality or gut feeling about things, but they distrust those instincts and have a need to ignore or to dig down deep and dissect those internal moral impulses. Living within their built moral system is as important to a Ravenclaw as to a Gryffindor; it’s the source of the morality that differs between them–what they trust.
Hufflepuff Primaries value people–all people. They value community, they bond to groups (rather than solely individuals), and they make their decisions off of who is in the most need and who is the most vulnerable and who they can help. They value fairness because every person is a person and feel best when they give everyone that fair chance. Even directly wronged, a Hufflepuff will often give someone a second (or fifth) chance.
This doesn’t mean all Hufflepuffs are inherently tolerant human beings, any more than all Gryffindors are inherently good, moral creatures. Hufflepuffs tend to believe that all people deserve some type of kindness, decency, or consideration from them–but they can define “person” however they want, excluding individuals or even whole groups.
Slytherin Primaries are fiercely loyal to the people they care for most. Slytherin is the place where “you’ll make your real friends”– they prioritize individual loyalties and find their moral core in protecting and caring for the people they are closest to.
Slytherin’s reputation for ambition comes from the visibility of this promotion of the self and their important people– ambition is something you can find in all four Houses; Slytherin’s is just the one that looks most obviously selfish.
Because their morality system of “me and mine first” is fairly narrow in scope, Slytherins often construct a secondary morality system to deal with situations that are not addressed by their loyalty system.
Your Secondary is your how. It’s how you approach the world as a person interacting with it, and how you make your way. It’s how you problem-solve. It’s not necessarily what you’re best at, or even what’s the most useful to you, but about what skills and methods you value as being intrinsic to you. Do you improvise, do you plan? Do you work on something a little bit every day? Do you charge into the fray and tell people exactly what’s on your mind? What do you do? How would you describe the way you meet the world?
Note: the term “Secondary” is not meant to imply that how you do things is any less important than why (the Primary House). It’s simply the way our terminology fell out and we’re too lazy to change it. The importance of motivations v. methods is a personal sliding scale– it’s perfectly valid for a person to identify with their Secondary House over their Primary. (When drawing from canonical sources, we assumed each character likely was in a House that matched to either their Primary or their Secondary. For instance, Harry is in Gryffindor for his heroic Gryffindor Primary, but Ginny Weasley is there for her brash and bold Gryffindor Secondary.)
Gryffindor Secondaries charge. They meet the world head-on and challenge it to do its worst. Gryffindor Secondaries are honest, brash, and bold in pursuit of things they care about. Known for their bravery, it is almost a moral matter to stay true to themselves in any situation that they’re in.
Ravenclaw Secondaries plan. They collect information, they strategize. They have tools. They run hypotheticals and try to plan ahead for things that might come up. They build things (of varying degrees of practicality and actual usefulness) that they can use later– whether that’s an emergency supply pack, a vast knowledge of Renaissance artistic techniques and supplies, or a series of lists and contingency plans. They feel less at home in improvisation and more comfortable planning ahead and taking the time to be prepared.
Hufflepuff Secondaries toil. Their strength comes from their consistency and the integrity of their method. They’re our hard workers. They build habits and systems for themselves and accomplish things by keeping at them. They have a steadiness that can make them the lynchpin (though not usually the leader) of a community. While stereotyped as liking people and being kind (and this version is perhaps a common reality), a Hufflepuff secondary can also easily be a caustic, introverted misanthrope who runs on hard work alone.
Slytherin Secondaries improvise. They are the most adaptive secondary, finding their strength in responding quickly to whatever a situation throws at them. They improvise differently than the Gryffindor Secondary, far more likely to try coming at situations from different angles than to try strong-arming them. They might describe themselves as having different “faces” for different people and different situations, dropping them and being just themselves only when they’re relaxing or feel safe.
But the Journey Continues…
These four basic Primary and Secondary houses are summarized starting places that we use as a basis for further discussion. What are some ways this gets complicated?
A/N: This scenario took me about three months to write, which you can probably guess by looking at the word count. For that reason it has a very special place in my heart, no matter how much effort it cost me to finish it. It turned out a lot darker than my other scenarios, and I tried my best to make this scenario more intellectual for that reason. I really hope the two main characters (you and Hoseok) turned out the way I wanted them to: like real people, with a story and an imperfect personality. -But, without any further ado, enjoy.
You look up
from your shaking hands at the boy sitting next to you. “What now?”
He stares at
the graphite floor that shimmers in the dimmed light like the ocean, vibrating
with every rock the vehicle hits. “Do you think there’s any chance we’ll
succeed? An actual chance?”
“I thought you were always so confident about our victory, Jungkook.” With your
elbow, you strike his side, to which he responds by moving away from you. His
dark eyes are hostile, which is so different from how they have been in times
gone by. With a soft chuckle you remember his soft stuttering the first time
you made this same move on him, the nervous look in his eyes like that of a
deer in the headlights. Those days seem like they are miles away from where
you’re standing now, on the edge of the horizon that is your memory.
WANDS symbolize the Spiritual Self: impetus, energy, action, passion, instinct, beliefs, religion, or philosophy.
Wands question Matters of Assertiveness and deal with the Powers of the will.
CUPS symbolize the Emotional Self: creativity, sensitivity, relationships, involvements, experiences, or intuition.
Cups question Matters of Happiness and deal with the Powers of the heart.
SWORDS symbolize the Intellectual Self: dilemma, reasoning, discernment, communication, elimination, ethics, morals, ideals, or standards.
Swords question Matters of Conflict Resolution and deal with the Powers of the mind.
PENTACLES symbolize the Physical Self: home, money, health, accomplishment, stability, community, planning, saving, spending or reaping.
Pentacles question Matters of Prosperity And deal with the Powers of the body.
FUCKING FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT !! Thank You HARRY STYLES for being WOKE !!!
I will never get why people assume that artists who have a fan base made up of mostly teenage girls are talentless. Like where’s your logic?
They’re upfront and direct about it. No messing around. They don’t try to pretend like they aren’t upset, and they don’t try to hide what made them feel this way. You probably know just as well, and if not they’ll let you know soon enough anyways. They don’t try to play games or be passive-aggressive, but they will demand something out of you. Most of the time they become irate very quickly, but later calm down just as fast.
It’s not common to see this sign in a bad mood, because they’re so naturally peaceful that anger is an uncomfortable sensation to them. When they’re irritated, they tend to suppress any feelings of annoyance, telling themselves to keep it cool and downplay whatever happened. But when they reach a breaking point, they lose all reservations. They blow up in an explosive quality or demonstrate how they feel through sheer stubbornness. Their emotional state is slow and steady, causing lasting grudges. If you manage to cross them, they'll remember for a long time.
Being such an airy, detached sign, these people don’t like being portrayed as angry- so they’ll attempt to rationalize their own feelings. They may talk themselves into having a superiority complex, or reason about why someone else is inferior. They might try to hide how they feel by making up reasons to criticize something or someone. When upset, they often turn their feelings into words, either through venting, sarcasm, or writing. In the worst case scenario, they can be downright dishonest and manipulative, reverting to gossiping and lying.
They become unstable, volatile, and moody. Like Taurus, such a negative emotion makes them feel ill-at-ease, but they feel like it’s a heavy weight, almost painful. They’ll pretend as though nothing is bothering them and insist that they’re fine, then lash out right afterwards. Uncomfortable with direct conflict, they’re more defensive than offensive. Anger tends to bring up insecurities for them, so they'll try to pick arguments by bringing up things that happened weeks, months, even years ago! They withdraw from others, mulling over their thoughts and feelings.
When they’re genuinely upset, not only will you know, but everyone else in the same room will know. Their anger is expressed in a bold, dramatic quality: they might start a scene or type a speech. It's nearly theatrical. It might seem as though an irate Leo belongs in a movie rather than real life. Though they're generally easy-going, when their ego is damaged, they can easily become fired-up and prideful.
Anger would not be an appropriate word for this sign. Virgo doesn’t get angry: they become irritated, annoyed, and aggravated. Not a naturally aggressive sign, they will resort to snarky remarks, eye-rolls, or extreme criticism, rather than showing any overt frustration. Instead of confronting someone outright, they will try to distance themselves. When upset, they can become tedious to be around, nitpicking at minor details as a means of expressing their dislikes.
They remain cool under pressure, as being openly mad doesn’t suit them. They can either be the type to “kill with kindness” or be passive-aggressive, but either way, they aren’t ones to pursue conflict. Rather than expressing what made them upset outright, this sign internalizes any such feelings. They can easily keep a poker face to conceal their emotions. They might use any negative feelings to charm someone and win them over.
The nature of their anger is not fiery- it’s as cold as ice. Though they are emotionally-driven, they’re extremely private about it- so on the surface, you’ll see nothing unusual. They can hold grudges for an extensive period of time, waiting for the right moment to strike. With strong gut instincts, this sign can turn any feelings of frustration into psychological warfare. They can cut people out of their lives. They are not above hitting below the belt when they’re truly upset.
Their temper tends to come in short, forceful, and spontaneous bursts. Suddenly, something that you say rubs them the wrong way, and they'll want to argue it out. Suddenly, they see something online that makes them feel upset. They tend to be very straightforward and direct in saying how they’re feeling, and why they feel that way. When they’re angry, they can go to extensive lengths to avoid the cause. They can express their opinions with near brutal honesty, attempting to convince everyone around them of their opinions.
Naturally level-headed, this sign’s temper is the most controlled of all. They have a strong need for self-control, and they manage to channel their anger into action. They utilize their anger for productive purposes, using their emotions as an indicator of what they need to do next and how to plan ahead. When they’re upset with someone, they express feelings of extreme frustration and can become controlling or pushy.
Their temper is of a philosophical quality, and they have many intellectual reasons to justify how they’re feeling. They can easily become obstinate and willful. They’re most likely to defy social norms and outright tell someone that they’ve made them angry, or that they don’t want them in their life anymore, or that they just don’t like the person. They can become argumentative or deliberately difficult to express how they’re feeling. They detach themselves from the situation, becoming aloof and unavailable- unaffected by any emotional appeals.
Being such a fluid sign, expressing anger doesn’t really feel natural here. They need an outlet. The quality of their feelings is internalized, and because they believe that they’re no better than anyone else, they push any reactions inwards to themselves. They can be very moody, unpredictable, and manipulative. They can keep others guessing what they want or how they’re feeling, when in reality they’re not sure themselves.
Today was a good day. Celebrated my 34th birthday (April 15) and Huxley’s 2nd (April 26) with a surprise visit from Landen :)
Although I couldn’t attend the #marchforscience in DC, I spent today with my children, whom I devote my existence to guiding, educating, and advising How, not What to think. Happy #earthday 🌏 to all, and to all, a good #fight ✊🏼#standupforscience
So incredibly proud of all ye soldiers of science, reason, and intellectual honesty the world over who participated in the world’s first #ScienceMarch. It’s been personally a mixed bag of emotions: proud to be living in a generation of people so engaged in the process of science from university to the lab, and from the blog to the streets; yet, disappointed that it’s come to this, but here we are.
As a few signs I spotted stated poignantly – the seas are rising, but so are we.
omigosh holding out for a hero is such a supercorp song!1 it's very fitting for Kara and Lena!!
me, an intellectual:
Mongo tasted the sweet taste of victory and the bitter agony of defeat through this song. Shrek shouldn't have abandoned him like that. He wouldn't get to Fiona in time if not for big 'ol Mongo. Mongo was a true hero, and his brave deed will never be forgotten.
In my land there are no distinctions.
The barbed wire politics of oppression
have been torn down long ago. The only reminder
of past battles, lost or won, is a slight
rutting in the fertile fields.
In my land
people write poems about love,
full of nothing but contented childlike syllables.
Everyone reads Russian short stories and weeps.
There are no boundaries.
There is no hunger, no
complicated famine or greed.
I am not a revolutionary.
I don’t even like political poems.
Do you think I can believe in a war between races?
I can deny it. I can forget about it
when I’m safe,
living on my own continent of harmony
and home, but I am not
I believe in revolution
because everywhere the crosses are burning,
sharp-shooting goose-steppers round every corner,
there are snipers in the schools…
(I know you don’t believe this.
You think this is nothing
but faddish exaggeration. But they
are not shooting at you.)
I’m marked by the color of my skin.
The bullets are discrete and designed to kill slowly.
They are aiming at my children.
These are facts.
Let me show you my wounds: my stumbling mind, my
“excuse me” tongue, and this
with the feeling of not being good enough.
These bullets bury deeper than logic.
Racism is not intellectual.
I can not reason these scars away.
Outside my door
there is a real enemy
who hates me.
I am a poet
who yearns to dance on rooftops,
to whisper delicate lines about joy
and the blessings of human understanding.
I try. I go to my land, my tower of words and
bolt the door, but the typewriter doesn’t fade out
the sounds of blasting and muffled outrage.
My own days bring me slaps on the face.
Every day I am deluged with reminders
that this is not
and this is my land.
I do not believe in the war between races
but in this country
there is war.
“Poem For The Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, An Intelligent, Well-Read Person, Could Believe In The War Between Races” by Lorna Dee Cervantes
A focused post on each planet’s meaning in Astrology :
Identity on a Personal Level and The General Ego Basic Creative Drive, Shows Someone’s Inner Spirit Where Life Force is Strongly Directed Overall sense of Energy and Vitality The “Here and Now” Side of the Will of Consciousness
do you know of any placements/aspects that would have influence on a person's pets or relationship with animals?
This is the kind of thing a lot of people immediately associate with the 6th house. I’ve done it in the past, and it makes sense in a general context because the 6th house rules unequal relationships (where one person has more power than the other), routine/chores (which pets inevitably become a part of, since you have to feed them, walk them, etc), and what you are willing to offer others (such as service & care, which is necessary to give to pets); but I think it’s a lot more complicated than that. People keep pets for countless reasons, and each reason correlates to a separate part of the natal chart.
- The 6th house relates to pets in general - The 4th house relates to pets kept for protection (guard dogs) or nurturance (either because you’re lonely and need unconditional love, or because you have unconditional love that you want to give). Also pets kept to “decorate” your home, like some people buy canaries for. And companionship pets. - The 5th house relates to pets kept as a hobby or just for fun/entertainment - The 3rd & 7th houses relate to pets kept for companionship. The 3rd house also relates to pets kept for intellectual reasons, such as training or studying - The 2nd & 10th houses relate to pets kept for show - The 8th & 9th houses would relate to exotic and novel pets. The 8th house also relates to “taboo” or fearsome pets & pets kept for odd (possibly illegal) reasons, and inherited pets (like a 40 year old macaw your great aunt left you in her will or some shit) and pets that entered your life for a specific reason (like sick strays that won’t leave you alone and you end up learning how to love for the first time in your life or some other dramatic Hallmark type of situation). The 9th house relates to “souvenir” pets as well, like the kind you pick up on vacation to Panama. “Mom look what I found. A poisonous tree frog. It’s mine” - The 8th & 12th houses relate to familiars, spirit animals, animal companions that may not exactly be real or alive or physical. - The 11th house relates to “charity” pets, sad ones you get from shelters. Also endangered animals you donate to help save and the foundation sends you a stuffed animal with a little t-shirt on it that says “adopted” (12th house also) - The 3rd house also relates to classroom pets - The 3rd/7th/11th are all connected to shared pets
As for animals in general, I suppose you should just look at the 6th house? Again, it depends on the context. If you’re a bird-watcher, that’s a 5th house thing. If you’re in the woods getting attacked by a territorial badger or grizzly bear, that’s an 8th house thing. If you keep seeing a white squirrel in your neighborhood that stares you down for no good reason, that’s an 8th or 12th house thing. It’s really complicated lol. Just think about what the animal/pet in question means for you and why or how it’s in your life, and look at the appropriate house. It comes down to case-specific details.
Rank each of the following statements on a scale of 1 to 5 based on how well it describes you or your beliefs (1 being not at all and 5 being describes completely):
It is unkind to unnecessarily offend others; people should filter what they say in order to avoid hurting those around them.
I think most things have a deeper meaning than what is present on the surface. I spend a lot of time contemplating what individual events or statements mean or say about life as a whole.
When working on a problem, I like working with my hands rather than theorizing, finding it helpful to be able to create and see the physical results of a project.
I find it fun to intellectually reason through different theories or ideas, even if there is no logical application for this type of knowledge.
Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it loyally instead of trying out new options. I believe there’s no reason to change something that works well in the first place.
When considering one topic or idea, my mind easily jumps to related stories and other connections. Often people find it difficult to follow my train of thought because my mind jumps from idea to idea.
You should stay true to yourself and say what you believe without worrying about who will be upset by your words or actions.
People should be able to back up their assertions with overt facts, data, and reasoning. These will reveal whether something is true and logical or false and illogical.
Life is meant to be experienced first hand. I enjoy sensory experiences like sports/art/etc. and taking in the world as I experience it rather than living in my head.
I prefer brainstorming various options and envisioning all the possible ways a project/event could go rather than committing to one idea and sticking with it.
I feel like it is my responsibility to consider the moral and emotional wellbeing of those around me; I like to advise my friends on finding the right thing to do and I deeply care about their problems.
I am often thinking about the future and events that are to come. I have a clear vision in my head of what I want things to be like, or what I think they will be like. This vision is clear and focused and I like to narrow down the ways the future could unfold to one.
I almost always know how and why I am feeling a certain way in a situation. When presented with controversial topics, I can easily understand what my personal views are outside of the context of other people’s beliefs.
I am energized by wit, word games, puzzles, riddles: anything that involves my inner sense of logic and reasoning. I like breaking concepts down in my head in order to understand them.
I am skilled at taking charge of a group, impersonally organizing people and implementing a plan of action. I have assertive and organized qualities that make me a born leader.
I often consider new situations in the light of my past experiences and memory. I think about what I learned from past situations and apply these to my current ones.
I am very in tune with my environment: noticing any changes that occur, completing physical tasks easily, and having an eye for aesthetics.
I am good at looking at a project or situation and recognizing the flaws or weaknesses and proposing a method that is more efficient.
I don’t find it useful to share my emotions with others, and it doesn’t help me to understand my feelings to talk them over with a friend. I can best understand how I feel in a situation by spending time by myself processing my feelings.
When I consider the future, I think about all the disparate ways a situation could unfold. I anticipate every different situation without worrying about which is the best or most accurate.
I am good at noticing details: small visual cues or other characteristics of my environment, how I’m feeling internally, and particulars such as numbers or dates, and have a good memory where I store this information.
I tend to think convergently. I will focus on one situation or project and analyze it, spending my time interpreting it from every possible angle in order to completely understand it.
I like the idea of reaching harmony in a group, and tend to sense and consider what other people’s values and beliefs are before making a decision. I like those around me to be happy with the decisions that are made.
I think external methods of organization (such as corporation hierarchies or governments) are a necessary way of maintaining efficiency and maximum productivity, and I like to see how I can fit my plans and logic into an overarching system such as these.
I look at independent experiences or situations and try to condense them into greater, overarching truths.
Once something has piqued my interest, I want to understand it completely: all the little details of its inner workings so I can fully decipher it.
I have a good memory. I can easily remember and place faces, names, dates, etc. even from a long time ago.
Even though I am a deeply emotional person, I recognize the fact that feelings and morals are generally illogical and created by the individual.
I recognize that there are many “truths” in life, and none of them are absolute over the others. I appreciate each perspective for its own individual frame of mind and ideas.
I find that talking over my feelings with a friend helps me to understand how I’m feeling, verbalizing my emotions and hearing feedback from someone I trust.
I would consider myself a realistic person, good at recognizing what needs to be done in situations and actually implementing it.
I understand new situations best by jumping into it myself. I learn by taking in the sights and sounds of a place and interacting with it in the moment.
Then type yourself by looking at the functions of the different Myers Briggs types, picking which function orders you fit primarily based on your dominant, then auxiliary, and possibly tertiary functions as well (though usually not your inferior functions).
No, I’m not saying goodbye. I just wanted to say, thank you to all of the people who follow me, but don’t share all of my views (such as my recent expressions on my views of religion). I actually follow mostly only people who don’t share my views. I see it as an opportunity to understand the perspective of someone who’s understanding of reality is entirely different from my own. It’s intriguing and exciting, even when it’s frustrating or challenging. I recognize that character in others, the ability to disagree but still want to understand, be friends/friendly, or at least continue discussion. It creates a freedom of thought you don’t otherwise get. I see it as a sign of a certain form of intelligence, one that can be learned, and I think the world would be better off if people spent more time learning it, like you have. I don’t think it makes us better than people who don’t learn it, it just makes us more capable of creating peace, understanding, and tolerance. I think that’s really valueable. So thanks!