Random thoughts from an animal-loving French prof / mom of three on things she finds beautiful, funny, sad, or strange.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Things I'm pondering...

A quote I heard in relation to parenting kids with ADHD and other challenges : "The opposite of love is not conflict; the opposite of love is indifference."  A related thought heard on a promo for NPR's "This I believe" goes along the lines of saying that the big decisions are not between doing the right thing and the wrong thing, but between the right thing and doing nothing. When do people cross that line into indifference?  When do they decide to do nothing? And why?  I honestly don't know.  If anyone does, please let me know.

One other, unrelated observation, then I'll stop for the night.  Blogs are a strange thing.  I'm not sure what I think about them, which is ironic given that I'm writing one at this very minute. Anyway, what do I think is so strange?  Well, blogs seem so personal, and yet they're not. People can craft with words, invent a self entirely distinct from who they are off-screen.  So are blogs just fictions?  Constructions that let us play at being someone we're not?  Ways of convincing ourselves or someone else that we're a certain incarnation of ourselves, even if it's not the one the "real" world sees?  Or is the "virtual" version actually truer to the "real" self? Spooky things, these virtual worlds.   

Then again, perhaps I'm over-thinking all of this.  It's been a long, cold day and it's late at night, when my thoughts tend to go to the strangest places...

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