While walking in the street, I was approached by an older woman who mumbled incomprehensibly to me in a hoarse voice. I thought she needed directions or something, so I stopped. She proceeded,

“You have a very strong aura! I have messages for you! I’m a fortune teller…”

“Oh; No, thank you,” I said, and she hurried away.
There were plenty of other auras walking around on that sidewalk, but this woman made a bee-line towards me. By “strong aura”, you mean, “you’re wearing some artsy, “weird” shit and gold shoes so I’m going to target you as someone likely to be interested in supernatural messages”? Because I’m fairly certain that’s exactly what it was.
However, I’m not interested in supernatural messages. Nor in having my future revealed, palm read, mind read, horoscope told, soul cleansed, etc.
Still, I can thank this lady for giving me some inspiration to write, again, about scientific literacy. Point being:
••••••
Irrational Appearance =/= Irrational Mind.
••••••
It’s not always true, and it might often be false. But to think this through: Nature — the Universe — does not give a damn about one’s clothing. It’s entirely arbitrary, except in the physical ways it might help one keep or release energy and interact with the environment.
Any other rules about it are culturally imposed, and remain arbitrary because of that. Anything/one non-human — and anyone human who hasn’t been taught ideas about specific cultural rules — doesn’t know and doesn’t care whether you’re wearing a suit and tie or Prada F/W 2012 or a bustle skirt with pink hair or rags or a monk’s robe or a powdered wig and breeches.
Ergo, aside from the ways in which it might be a good idea to look a certain way in a socio-cultural context for manipulating the ways one interacts with other humans, it means nothing. To be scientifically literate is to understand this.
To take it one step further, so long as we have an idea of the arbitrary, of { how small and inconsequential we are }, that { “if Nature allows it, it’s Natural" }, an idea of { context }, a sense of { perspective }…
Why not embrace the absurd? It’s already all silly anyway.
••••••
Image: Vivienne Westwood x Melissa: Anglomania Wing in Gold, over Hubble’s { Jet in Carina }. Relevant.
P.S. I’m sure some will re-blog this just for the image and will delete all of this nasty, TL;DR text. Of course, you’re free to. But to do so is to miss the point entirely and to deprive others of stumbling upon something which should be considered — not only looked at, “liked” and “wanted”.

While walking in the street, I was approached by an older woman who mumbled incomprehensibly to me in a hoarse voice. I thought she needed directions or something, so I stopped. She proceeded,

You have a very strong aura! I have messages for you! I’m a fortune teller…

Oh; No, thank you,” I said, and she hurried away.

There were plenty of other auras walking around on that sidewalk, but this woman made a bee-line towards me. By “strong aura”, you mean, “you’re wearing some artsy, “weird” shit and gold shoes so I’m going to target you as someone likely to be interested in supernatural messages”? Because I’m fairly certain that’s exactly what it was.

However, I’m not interested in supernatural messages. Nor in having my future revealed, palm read, mind read, horoscope told, soul cleansed, etc.

Still, I can thank this lady for giving me some inspiration to write, again, about scientific literacy. Point being:

••••••

Irrational Appearance =/= Irrational Mind.

••••••

It’s not always true, and it might often be false. But to think this through: Nature — the Universe — does not give a damn about one’s clothing. It’s entirely arbitrary, except in the physical ways it might help one keep or release energy and interact with the environment.

Any other rules about it are culturally imposed, and remain arbitrary because of that. Anything/one non-human — and anyone human who hasn’t been taught ideas about specific cultural rules — doesn’t know and doesn’t care whether you’re wearing a suit and tie or Prada F/W 2012 or a bustle skirt with pink hair or rags or a monk’s robe or a powdered wig and breeches.

Ergo, aside from the ways in which it might be a good idea to look a certain way in a socio-cultural context for manipulating the ways one interacts with other humans, it means nothing. To be scientifically literate is to understand this.

To take it one step further, so long as we have an idea of the arbitrary, of { how small and inconsequential we are }, that { “if Nature allows it, it’s Natural" }, an idea of { context }, a sense of { perspective }…

Why not embrace the absurd? It’s already all silly anyway.

••••••

Image: Vivienne Westwood x Melissa: Anglomania Wing in Gold,
over Hubble’s { Jet in Carina }.
Relevant
.

P.S.
I’m sure some will re-blog this just for the image and will delete all of this nasty, TL;DR text. Of course, you’re free to. But to do so is to miss the point entirely and to deprive others of stumbling upon something which should be considered — not only looked at, “liked” and “wanted”.

  1. osciencefiction reblogged this from olena and added:
    I need to reblog all of Olena’s posts.
  2. olena posted this
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