My Friday night:
Original plan-to do blog post writing/brainstorming and do other hw.
Reality-totally got stuck on what to write about on my blog and chatted with a new friend at a Christmas party about Christianity.
Then, my conversation with this friend miraculously merged into inspiration for my blog.
Thanks Demi. :)
Demi was telling me about how the culture and school system she was brought up in in China taught her that evolution and the big bang theory were the reasons for existence. I, on the other hand, believe in creation where God created the universe and all things in it and it was good. Her mom wants her to become Christian but after going to church many times, Demi just can't see how creation is valid. Since she was brought up with the theory of evolution and believing in the big bang theory, she believes in science. It was all she ever knew and all she wants to know. When she was told about Christianity and how there are different viewpoints on existence she just couldn't accept it. After living 20 some years as a believer in science, now she's being told that there's a whole outside..more option, possibilities? That's hard to take in. And I don't blame her for not accepting it right away. Its shocking.
Jack was shocked too.
Who's Jack? Oh just an isolated half-feral five-year old child who was born in a 21st-century dungeon-like garden shed. He's just your normal everyday boy who lives with his 26-year old mother that was kidnapped and isolated from society at the age of 19.
Let's hope that that isn't a normal everyday situation. Let's hope that that type of scenario only stays within the pages of the book Room, by Emma Donoghue.
Jack is in Room right now. And he's shocked. In fact, don't look because he might get embarrassed, but his mouth is hanging open, his eyes are wide with confusion and his brain is processing information like it's never processed before. At the end of Chapter 2 of Room, he's just been unlyed to. Yep, in five-year old vocab, that IS a word.
Jack's life is complete distortion. He lives in Room and he grows up thinking that that's all there is to life, that everything on TV is just that. It's TV; it's fake; it's on the Outside, another planet. And the weird, incomprehensible part is that he is OK with that! Since he never experienced anything else, he is satisfied with Room. His standards are set to the standards that Room provides him with. Furthermore, he has no idea how cruel his mother is being treated and all the abuse they actually suffer because they seem normal to him and he has nothing to compare it with.
When he is finally introduced to the truth about reality, Jack can not wrap his mind around the whole concept about there being an Outside world beyond Room. Just like how my friend Demi can not grasp the concept about Christianity because all she ever learned growing up was evolution and science, knowing nothing about alternative beliefs, Jack can not fully comprehend the vast knowledge there is to learn and know about the Outside world. In his mind, although he has most of the facts he needs to know to paint a general picture about the Outside, his brain still organizes things in the way they were always used to organizing things:
"Air's real and water only in Bath and Sink, rivers and lakes are TV...Room is real for real, but maybe Outside is too only it's got a cloak of invisibility on like Prince JackerJack in the story?" (Donoghue 63).
Jack tries to get understand the world by twisting it in his own way, but of course we know that rivers and lakes are more than TV. We know they're real because we've seen them and we have enough evidence or experience to make us believe that they are real. I mean, look at this picture. What is it?
It's planets. Our solar system. Duh right? Well we only believe in its existence and can come to recognize them as what they are because we have enough evidence and experience to make us believe that is what they really look like, even though most people have never seen them in person. So if we were to describe this picture to Jack, because he has never known of anything like the solar system, it is very very hard to imagine this exact picture in his mind. It would probably look something like this:
Or I don't know. But it's probably very different from picture 1. How come we believe picture 1 is the real deal and not this picture 2? How come everyone believed the world was square and flat without having any evidence?
And how come we believe 100% that it looks like this now, even though most of us have never seen it with our own eyes?
So really. What are some factors that lead us to believe what we really believe? Is it just a resort towards comfort? Because Jack is used to picturing images his own way, used to imagining the world in his own mind, used to following a comfort routine and schedule, do you think that's why he wouldn't see the same planet picture as you described?
And for us, it's not just Demi and Jack who are unable to accept these new thoughts, ideas, or facts that are being thrown at them, it's us too. When things are scary, we resort back into our comfort zone, unable and unwilling to try new things and make change. We all live in our own isolated Room don't we?
Whether it may be love: he loves me...he loves me not...he loves me. Yes he does.
Or bad habits: Really. C'mon, it's not that big of a deal. There's nothing wrong with doing __ I'm perfectly fine, I don't have to change, you're being too picky.
Or dealing with enemies: This is my life. That is yours. And we never cross paths. Got it? It'll just be like we don't exist to each other.
The list goes on. Do we all trap ourselves in Room one way or another?
I have a story. You have a story. And while these stories need to be heard, in the end..we are all more than a story but still simple wayfarers of life.
A blog cannot contain the entire person I am, it is just a colorful collection of my stories.
P.S. Please ignore all preview blog posts due to it being written by my high school self for an English class project requiring the creation of this blog. I only keep it for amusement purposes.
Thanks for bearing