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Today’s prompt: Things that are beyond your grasp of understanding
- Why the listograpy 2011 person phrased the prompt like that. Why not “things that are beyond your grasp” or “things that are beyond your understanding” or even “things beyond your grasp/understanding”? This prompt sets all my grammar crazy-buttons off. Just sayin’.
- Physics. Almost anything about physics. I was a good student (actually, a really good student). I was great at math and science and did get an A in high school physics. But I don’t think that class was actually about physics in any meaningful way, and it didn’t motivate me to take more physics in college. As a result, when reading the NYTimes Science section, which I otherwise am addicted to, I find my brain becoming mush as I read any of the physics articles. It depresses me. I feel like I should like and get this stuff. I just don’t. Or I do for a minute, but it doesn’t really stick. I did Richard Feynman’s lectures on tape, I think only the first set. They were cool and interesting, but I can’t tell you anything he said. I’m pretty sure that is also true about the Radical Political Theory course I took in undergrad a zillion years ago. The difference is that if someone talked to me about radical political theory at a party (like anyone talks about either of these things at parties… come to think of it, like my life contains any parties that are not centered around people turning 3 or 4 years old…, but anyway), I would not get totally lost and feel like a complete moron. Physics, on the other hand… So if anyone has a really quick fun way to help me to feel like a physics idiot, please feel free to let me know!
- How I can lose one of a pair of gloves by about the 3rd time I’ve worn them. Probably has to do with black holes or quarks or some other physics thing I don’t get. But I’d be ok about talking about lost gloves at parties (Actually, that could really be a topic at the types of parties I’ve been a regular at lately).
- Why we as a species can do amazing things with science and art, but haven’t figured out how to stop trashing the planet, letting people starve and die of things that are easy to cure, and otherwise killing each other off in awful ways.
- How single parents do it. Seriously. I have an amazing (and I’m not just saying it cause he might read this) husband who actually pulls at least his share of the weight on the home front. I have one energetic, but basically very easy toddler. There are still times (like tomorrow when we both have things at work at the same time that we shouldn’t cancel and when the toddler will presumably still be sick with whatever is still causing a fever tonight), that it is really hard to figure out how to make the logistics work. I have so much respect for the people that have something other than our rosy situation and still manage to maintain their sanity and raise good kids. I have respect, in fact, for people in many less rosy situations who simply survive. I really think that whole “it takes a village” thing is true. And we aren’t a very villagey society anymore.
That will do for a start. I’m sure I’ll come up with more and do an update or something. What is beyond your grasp/understanding???
P.S. Mini Update:
Still haven’t thought of more books that made me cry, but I haven’t given up. Oh, maybe Bambi, but I can’t remember if that was the book or the movie. So still nothing else for certain.