LOL or WTF? It’s All a Matter of Perspective

Saw this quote earlier today and thought it was pretty good: “One person’s LOL is another’s WTF!” So true! The way you interpret something has EVERYTHING to do with where you stand (socio-spatially) and how you have been trained to think (or not). Yes, thinking is a skill. The more you develop your mind/brain, the better at thinking you will be (e.g., you will be able to go beyond simplistic ideas and thoughts). For example, I was reading bell hooks this morning and thought that this statement from (one of my favorite bh books) We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, could no doubt be applied to all men and women, regardless of color or creed. For indeed, patriarchal masculinity is a concept that has been widely embraced by many (and few have the courage and the audacity to confront it). Here is the quote: “Black males who fully embrace [patriarchal masculinity] will always be wedded to self–destructive behaviors, will always court death.” I thought about that assertion today with two people in mind: Rick Ross and PM Margaret Thatcher. And then I said to myself, WTF!
©2013 annalise fonza, Ph.D.

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