Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Being Kermit Green

Places to Go and Things to See

I Want One of Those! is a site to see. It has all the things you don't need but want anyway. It also has a few things that might be exactly what you need....
but do you really need colorful shower? But how can you live without a stress reducing, see-through ant house in a lovely shade of blue?

On the other hand, The Museum of Useful Things is just what its name implies. You can get all sorts of items you'll find lots of ways to use. Admit it! You've always wanted one of those hotel desk bells. Call your family to dinner. Set up codes to who needs to come downstairs. Train your cat to come when dinner is served...Oh, yea. Forgot that cats can hear any can opener or bag tearing from anywhere in the house or yard. They don't need a bell! And, they can only be trained to do things they agree to do. So train your kids instead.

I Like Being Green!

“It’s not easy being green,” Kermit laments. He’s right. It’s not easy being outside the limits of what is seen as average whether it is coloring, height, intelligence, or any of the myriads of characteristics that make us individuals.

Some traits are more obvious than others. We even have names for most. Midget; giant. Obese; skinny. Easy to see and easy to name.

The extremes of intelligence aren’t usually so obvious. “Retard” is a common insult. Usually it means a person has done something silly or unacceptable to the peer group. At the other extreme? Brain, geek, nerd? The dictionary equates these with “bore” and “drip!” Do you think they’re the same?

“Excessive” intelligence and creativity are often equated with insanity. And it’s true that someone in possession of these traits might seem demented to many. Unusually intelligent or creative individuals think, feel and act differently from the average person. It has not been shown, however, that extreme intelligence brings with it mental illness. In fact, individuals of higher intelligence show less mental illness, criminal behavior and deviant behaviors then those of average intelligence.

Schools often identify “gifted and talented” students because it is recognized they need specialized attention to their needs. Gifted adults are often not identified as such by those with whom they associate. They may be seen as weird, strange, opinionated and even slightly scary. Since one of the characteristics of higher intelligence is a questioning of authority, these individuals may indeed prove a source of concern for those in authority.

If, however, as many schools indentify them, the top ten percent of the population exists….and how could it not?....where do they disappear to when they are adults?

Quote Quote: It's not easy being two standard deviations away from any mean. Theo

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