It bothers me that the intelligence of animals is measured by how willing they are to obey the commands of a human.
same goes for students at schools
I just realized how fucked up that is wow.
Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via theimperfectascent)
I lost whole years of my life to self-loathing and self-sabotaging because I couldn’t sustain being ‘gifted’. Don’t make the same mistake.
Yes! This is something that’s been bothering me for a while. I hear so many people say that the transition from being bright in school to being out in the world was horrible for exactly this reason. Also, the elevation of some natural or attained skills over others as inherently better. Like, in intellectual circles you’ll often come across a lot of disdain for people who don’t academically excel but might be really good at sport. It seems really suss to me.
I have always hated being called; bright, smart, intelligent and/or gifted. Because you’re not allowed to make mistakes, or be tired or confused and then there’s all this dissection ‘Well you might be gifted at X, but you’ll have to work in this class/work for this’ as if I didn’t work hard at both what I enjoyed and/or came easily and everything else. So. much. pressure and expectation and so easy to be reviled or looked down on - even by adults. I loved learning, still do - HATE the environment and expectations.
The ‘talent’ story in the Bible? I have wanted to stab in the face so damn often.
this commentary is so on point and i also wanna add that when you praise someone for being BORN talented/smart in a certain way it undervalues all the effort and work they put in to refine their abilities and it really isn’t even a compliment in addition to reinforcing all these harmful things. so just don’t do it!!(via moopflop)