Reality stars

Blogger Bard says, “Discovery made, only scientists are true reality stars.”  A comment from Patti goes:

Scientists are indeed reality stars. They carry quite a burden knowing there is apt to be a bad effect as well as a good one from their inventions and discoveries. But they are scientists after all. I wonder if they even notice, or care.

I paused. A few scientists I know (socially and personally) happen to actually care.

What is your observation of scientists on the way they handle overall implications of results of their work?

Caring helps keep relationships on the right track, and impacts society in the long run.

This morning while strolling blogsville I came across a word that at times I thought was too secular for my liking. I had to look up it’s relative term to determine whether it’s ok to mention it. The word is “badassery.”  Chookooloonks coined the word then tweeted it and in answer to someone who asked what exactly is badassery, she elaborated that to commit to badassery is to be:

  • Someone who isn’t afraid to wish good things for herself.  Someone who believes she’s worthy of being happy.
  • Someone who isn’t afraid to make goals, and then once those goals are made, isn’t afraid of taking those first, tiny steps toward achieving those goals.
  • Someone who realizes that taking care of himself isn’t selfish or egotistical, but that sometimes you have to put the oxygen mask on first before you start helping others.
  • Someone who realizes that at his core, he’s a good person.  And that given this, when he makes a mistake, maybe he should go easy on himself.
  • Someone who, when bad things happen (and make no mistake, they will happen), will not spend valuable time thinking about who did her wrong, or why the world is conspiring against her, but will instead spend that time working through it by taking care of herself, leaning on friends as necessary, asking for help when needed, and treating herself as she would a good friend going through a similar situation.  Someone who, when life knocks her down, does what she can to pick herself up, dust herself off, and try, try again.
  • Someone who makes kindness to friends, people around him (like waiters and others in the service industry), and even strangers his primary focus; and who also takes care to surround himself and cultivate relationships with good friends who have equal focus.  Someone who is never afraid to speak his mind or his truth, but always does so with kindness.
  • And finally (and probably most predictably), someone who works hard at reframing the things that make him different, recognizing them as attributes that are sources of great beauty, and when used for good, maybe even superpowers.

This take sounds quite sane as opposed to a mind play sort of suggestion on how to be a reality star – “give a good back story. Nobody cares about the girl next door who grew up in the suburbs with loving parents; we want to root for the poor girl who had to grow up in foster care and work her way to fame and fortune. So be poor, beaten and illiterate.”

So didn’t I just imply the importance of caring? With that I am thinking of younger people in my corner (and even myself) who need to be reminded that they have to be responsible with what they are reading.  So many ideas could pelt one’s mind. It is important to glean what to believe in and be influenced with.

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