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5 Reasons Life as a Deaf Person Is Weirder Than You Thought

#4. Misunderstandings Are Constant, and Baffling

In general, people don’t understand much about deaf people (we use the capital D to refer to the culture). I’ve had to interpret before in situations where a person blatantly asked me to fill out forms or answer questions about the deaf person, as if he or she was a child or mentally challenged. “They can’t hear, so clearly they need a legal guardian to handle life for them, even though they’re middle-aged adults.” It’s kind of like the assumption a lot of people make that foreigners who don’t speak their language must be “dumb,” even if the person happens to be in that foreigner’s home country, shouting at them in English. 

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How misunderstood is your sign?

Aries: Not that much

Taurus: Misunderstanding? Nah, you guys make where you stand clear 

Gemini: Everybody has got you pegged tbh

Cancer: Sorta


Virgo: Mostly misunderstood, like more than you think

Libra: Come on, everybody knows your deal

Scorpio: Misconception might as well be part of the name

Sagittarius: Pretty misunderstood, you got layers man

Capricorn: You’re so mysterious, who even knows man? 

Aquarius: Do you even understand you?

Pisces: Just a little

We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The true problem with making these assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. We could swear they are real. We make assumptions about what others are doing or thinking-we take it personally-then we blame them and react by sending emotional poison with our word. That is why whenever we make assumptions, we’re asking for problems. We make assumptions, we misunderstand, and end up creating a whole big drama for nothing.
—  Don Miguel Ruiz

It’s cheesy as all hell.

But hey, Dean thinks, maybe their lives could use a little cheese, a little cliche romance. Something a little more normal than demons and apocalypses.

Dean’s certainly ready for ‘normal’. He never thought he’d say it, but he’s ready for a little cliche romance, too.

Then again, nothing about falling in love with a (now former) angel of the Lord is particularly cliche.

Asking out your best friend on Valentine’s Day is, though. Dean thinks Cas will forgive him.

He’s carrying a little bee stuffed toy he found at a gas station. It’s a cheap little thing and tacky as hell, holding a heart with the words ‘bee mine?’ embroidered in yellow thread. Dean thinks Cas will love it, and hopefully Cas will understand what Dean means by it without Dean having to spell it out.

Hopefully, Cas will say ‘yes’. Hopefully, Cas wants this as much as Dean does (and Dean wants it so badly he aches with it sometimes).

Hopefully, after tonight Dean won’t need to sleep alone in a bed that feels empty, in a room that feels expectant, half-full. Waiting.

All he needs to do now is find Cas.

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Sin is a word that has been greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted. Literally translated from the ancient Greek in which the New Testament was written, to sin means to miss the mark, as an archer who misses the target, so to sin means to miss the point of human existence. It means to live unskilfully, blindly, and thus to suffer and cause suffering.
Here's the problem with Tumblr's understanding of "privilege":

It notoriously ignores the true source of most privileges: wealth and social status. It’s not the privilege doesn’t exist, of course it does, but not the way Tumblr seems to think it does. Tumblr seems to think that if you were born into what it deems a privileged group (i.e. white, cishet, male, etc.), then you are automatically privileged. Even if those privileges never actually manifest themselves in a palpable way.

Here’s the thing, Oprah is a black woman with infinitely more privileges than a homeless white male. She can afford to buy anything she wants, she could send her children to any school they wanted, she can eat any food she wants, she could live in any house she wants. What good does “privilege” do for that homeless white man who doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from?

Tim Gunn is gay. He’s also a very wealthy and successful fashion designer. Is he not obviously more privileged than the heterosexual ciswoman who served your coffee this morning?

Like it or not, money and status talk. And when you have enough of it, just about anyone will listen to you regardless of their personal prejudices. But Tumblr would just as soon ignore this and insist that if you were born in a specific group you are privileged, end of discussion. They are completely unwilling to hear about your situation and struggles if they’ve already written you off because of your skin color, genitalia, and sexual preferences.