Posts tagged intelligence.
it may be time for me to get rid of a few value judgments.
I’ve seen several posts by different people (and had others reblog my own posts disagreeing with some things I said) that have made me think on this.
For example, “strength”. It is an entirely subjective thing. Some people think it’s all about physical strength, other people think of emotional strength, and others still just don’t like the idea at all. I’ve found that I constantly toe this line in my head between “I am not strong, i’m just lucky”, and “I am a superhero with super strength”.
The “luck” part is what I am concerned about. Because my “strength” is derived from my sheer luck in having a family with strong values, decent financial and educational resources, having been born in a modernized country, etc. It would be much harder to deal with abuse and rape if I did not have these resources behind me— things which I take for granted and forget about existing around me all of the time.
Someone could say I’m strong for making X choice, but for others, they don’t even have the opportunity to make a decision in the first place (maybe they are from a poorer background, for example). So to call it all my own doing is just ridiculous and unrealistic. (Emotional) Strength is subjective. There’s no way to measure it in some quantitative way like you can with weight-lifting. It just is and it’s a different thing from person to person.
You also have to think about who is deciding these things. Who’s defining them? Because the mainstream idea of what strength is = white, able-bodied, neurotypical, cis gender man. It is all questionable.
Another judgement I worry about is intelligence— it doesn’t make sense to judge people just because they were born into crappy schooling, or they just think and feel differently due to genetics or upbringing. And it’s not even a binary path— there’s many different kinds of intelligence— many different ways of thinking and experiencing. Who decides what is the “best” or the “worst “?