unpopular opinion #2

So I went for a walk last night at 10 PM, and it's been pretty warm for November. But there was one house that was decked out in Christmas lights, and at first I was like "what the fuck; it's two weeks before Thanksgiving." But then I was like. "yeah, you rebel, let your freak flag fly."

Heck Tate is the real MVP

An excuse to nerd out? Bien sur. About a 1000 times more relevant right now that it seems at first glance? Yes, though I may be alone in that assessment. But it's only 612 words, so give it a chance.

“I’m not a very good man…”

A half-dozen readings of and at least as many semesters of teaching To Kill a Mockingbird has led me to the conclusion that these are the single most important words uttered in the novel, and by the man who is at least as much, if not more, of a hero as the novel’s protagonist.

“[Courage] is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Atticus Finch delivers these words and then follows up with action, showing incredible courage by taking on a case that he knows he cannot win, but doing so because he cannot live with himself if he doesn’t. His courage goes unremarked upon and perhaps unnoticed by the privileged of his community, but not by those who bear the weight of prejudice and the most disheartening aspects of human nature.

Heck Tate is often remarked upon for serving up justice late in the novel, as he spares Boo Radley the torture of a public trial while simultaneously allowing for some “eye for an eye” style justice. But Heck Tate truly deserves some admiration or at least appreciation for the words he says as he begins an explanation for his choices.

“I'm not a very good man, sir, but I am sheriff of Maycomb County. Lived in this town all my life an' I'm goin' on forty-three years old. Know everything that's happened here since before I was born. There's a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it's dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead.”

Heck Tate and Atticus Finch bear some similarities. Both men are in positions that require them to serve the community as far as the law is concerned. Both men could have gotten away with leaving Tom Robinson defense-less, but neither man chose that path. The incident with the rabies-inflicted dog early in the novel gives us some insight as to their approaches. Tate, knowing that he is incapable of shooting the dog accurately enough that he doesn’t risk hurting someone in the neighborhood, passes the gun to Atticus, who is able to dispose of the danger. Later Scout compares Atticus’ defense of Tom Robinson to his shooting of the dog, though she realizes that, in the courtroom, the metaphorical gun is empty. Hence the dog becomes a symbol of the town’s prejudice. During the trial, Tate takes on a role similar to the one he played on the day the dog posed a danger; he left the brunt of the work to Atticus Finch, and answered all questions directed to him by both Atticus and the prosecuting attorney, and answered them honestly.

Tate’s words “I’m not a very good man” can be seen as coming from a place of humility, but I don’t believe that this goes far enough. Heck Tate has taken an unflinching look at himself and is willing to acknowledge what he is: a coward, a man who didn’t do enough. In response to this, he defies the letter of the law to uphold the spirit of it so that Boo Radley can be protected. By doing so, he also allows Tom Robinson a meager measure of justice by allowing the dead to bury the dead, even as he knows that it’s far too little, far too late. Tate doesn’t live up to Finch’s definition of courage, but he musters up the kind of courage that is seen even less often; the courage to examine one’s self, to weigh one’s self on the balances and acknowledge that one is wanting.

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Totally snagged this from spencer5460

A 3 Question Tibetan Personality Test

Your subconscious is incredible. It abandons all logic and thinks symbolically. It’s the gate connecting you to the world of the intangible.

It's believed that this test, called the ‘Tibetan personality test’ was put together by the Dalai Lama. To complete it properly, you need to think abstractly. Don’t spend too much time focusing on each exercise; just go with the flow and pick the answers that pop into your head..

Grab a notepad and a pen and prepare to learn a lot about yourself!

Question #1 – Imagine there are five animals in front of you.

They make up quite an interesting cast of characters; you’ve got a cow, a sheep, a tiger, a horse and a pig.

Put the animals in whatever order makes you feel happy. Remember, don’t think too deeply; just write the names of the animals in an order that you like.

Question #2 – Describe every noun in this list.
§  A dog is _______.
§  A cat is _______.
§  A rat is _______.
§  Coffee is _______.
§  The sea is _______.

Use only one adjective per noun.

Question #3 – Think about 5 people that are significant in your life.

For each of the five people, choose a color from the following list:
§  Yellow
§  Orange
§  Red
§  White
§  Green

You can only choose one color per person. Remember, don’t choose wisely – choose intuitively.

So, what does it all mean?

Let’s break each question down and look at what your answers mean.

(My answers are in parentheses)

Question #1 – Your Priorities

§  Cow: Your career  (This was my # 3)
§  Tiger: Your self-worth  (This was my # 2)
§  Sheep: Love   (This was my # 5)
§  Horse: Family   (This was my  # 1)
§  Pig: Money  (This was my # 4)

The way you ordered these things is, of course, indicative of what you prioritize in life.

Question #2 – Your Attitude Towards Life

§  Dog: Your personality  (My answer: lovable)
§  Cat: Your partner’s personality  (My answer: intelligent)
§  Rat: Your enemies’ personality  (My answer:  interesting)
§  Coffee: Views about Sex  (My answer:  good)
§  Sea: Your life overall  (My answer: vast)

The adjective you chose to describe each noun relates to your subconscious view of what that noun represents.

Question #3 – Your Attitude Towards People

§  Yellow: Someone who had a major impact on your life.  (my mother)
§  Orange: Someone you consider to be a true friend.  (My pseudo-crush)
§  Red: Someone you love wholeheartedly.  (My father)
§  White: Your kindred spirit.  (my BFF)
§  Green: Someone you will never forget.  (My brother)

Color plays a large role in shaping your subconscious view of yourself.

How accurate would you say your results are? If you learned something about yourself through the Tibetan personality test, be sure to pass this post along.