Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Guest Post: Soul Singularity

Today I welcome to the blog Youngest Daughter.  The opportunity to post here is one of two rewards she earned today by writing a page of math work neatly and correctly.  The other reward involved chocolate.

¡Hola! Mi con mucho gracias! I don’t know what I just said, but I would like to let you know that the name that I will be using from now on, Ailsa Roovene, is not a real name, but a pseudonym for another identity. Anyways, I have come onto this blog today to speak of an important topic: The Singularity of the Soul. The singularity of the soul is a very interesting thing to speak of, and also can be very confusing to write about. So, please, bear with me as I tell you all about it.

The singularity of the soul is a person’s self-awareness, and the non-anyone-else-awareness. This may not be common among you grown-ups, but it is certainly common among my fellow children. We of this age do not understand the problems of the outside world, (at least, most of us don’t) and don’t recognize others’ positions until they are described to us. And even then, we may not be entirely clear on the topic. For instance, I, until a moment ago, didn’t understand the difficulty of the teacher when grading 300 test papers. And even now, I still don’t fully grasp the enormity of the task set to those poor teachers. This generation doesn’t think of life beyond their scope of experience, and doesn’t grasp the difficulty of those in other positions that we have not experienced ourselves.

In my opinion, this is because of the protected lifestyles that most American children now lead. We don’t understand the situation of starvation, because we have no idea how that could be in the perfect world that we know. (Of course, some children actually do understand the difficulty of these people, and the problems of the world. These children are called “those who have the ability to step in to others’ shoes”.) Ahem. Anyways. We don’t understand how the world could have evil in it that isn’t pure evil, or good that isn’t pure good. Our life is centered around ourselves and our friends, not caring for those, say, in Africa or India. Even if we are told, we don’t care, since it isn’t important to the lives that we lead currently. The only evil we are experienced with is the evil in movies and video games, and we know that these aren’t real. We can’t care about the difficulty of others in other places, even if we are told about it, because we don’t have the scope of experience to understand their pain.

I hope you enjoyed my talk about: The Singularity of the Soul. ¡Adios! 


Joanie said...

Youngest daughter wrote this?!!

Alison Fujito said...


Anonymous said...

We have not talked in a while but this is very well written and so true

Jon said...

Very well said. I would like to point out that it is not just children but many others that seem to have this problem. Not to get all "political" or anything, but take the 99% (occupy this or that space) people as an example. Some (not all) of these people show up to protest that they are the poor, "whoa-is-me" 99% with Starbucks in hand! how ridiculous is it that they have no clue that they are, by far, in the top 1% when compared to the rest of the world. I find it very frustrating.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

She's a smart cookie, that one.

Anonymous said...

Thank yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Thank you sooooo much!
I don't know what to say in the face of such complimenting comments!
Ailsa Roovene