Share Your World for April 6, 2020

It’s Monday, and time for Melanie’s Share Your World! She has the rules and questions over at her site, which you can get to by clicking the link at the beginning of the paragraph. So, without further ado…

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them? Because of school. We’re told on the one hand that it’s all right to make mistakes, and then our grade is based on how often we’re right on tests. The more mistakes we make, the lower our grade. Doesn’t seem right…

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad? It’s a matter of semantics. We associate “pleasure” with feeling good and being happy, and “pain” with feeling bad and being unhappy, because that’s what they tell us. If “franistan” and “gzorgumplatz” were the new words for “pleasure” and “pain,” we’d associate “franistan” with feeling good and being happy, and “gzorgumplatz” with feeling bad and being unhappy.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t? That dancing around your room singing beach tunes into a hairbrush will cure a case of the gzorgumplatz (see what I did there?).

If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching? Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly? Hell, I sped when people were watching. As far as running red lights late at night, I never really had the opportunity.

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now? A lot of writing blog posts and reading blog posts from others. A to Z Challenge, don’t you know…

See you in the funny papers!

15 thoughts on “Share Your World for April 6, 2020

  1. I am enjoying having more time to read and write as well. That was a good answer about the mistakes. I hadn’t thought about it, but when all your life you are pushed never to make mistakes I guess that does indeed create an aversion to making mistakes which is definitely unhelpful.


    1. Exactly. Trying too hard not to make mistakes makes it that much harder on you. You should be free to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them.


  2. Some great answers but I will still call the pleasure and pain. Hey I know pleasure and what makes me feel good like a nice massage on my feet and I know what pain is as I know you do too. It’s all about seratonin and dopamine. We are taught that we learn from our mistakes but in the same breath, we fail if we don’t get the test right. We are scolded if one loses in a sports game and ridiculed. It’s actually not very nice at all. In the same breath, we can’t all pass at school especially if we did not answer the questions right. It’s the way to learn. I watched a lot of tv, as you know and wanted people to sing and dance. I wanted kids at school to learn and not bully but I knew this was not real. Tv was my means of escape from the cruelty I was dealing with. Speed? Yes and it was fun but I don’t do that now…too much, my hubby on the other hand…I have only run a red light if I could not stop. I am cleaning, organizing and making cards! Have a safe and happy day


    1. A good word for something you don’t know the name for, e.g. “Wow, look at the size of that gzorgumplatz running across the floor!”


  3. If everyone else is speeding then so do I–doesn’t seem safe not to in that case. If I’m in someplace like the desert or West Texas I will tend to speed until I catch myself and slow down until I speed again. Some places I don’t think should have speed limits.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. You have to maintain highway speed, particularly if you’re in one of the left-hand lanes. if you’re going to drive slower, it’s best to stay to the right. It’s aggravating when someone gets in the left lane on the Interstate and goes at the speed limit or slower…


  4. Thanks John for Sharing Your World and a few giggles with us! “Gzorgumplatz” might leave me feeling bad simply because I couldn’t begin to spell that! O_o 😆 You actually saw someone dancing around, using their hairbrush as a mic? Wow… uh. Okay then. 😐 You and I are fairly alike in the whole speeding thing. I’ve never been able to keep that under control very well, and trust me. Waiting at a stop light that is red, at 2:30 a.m. and the danged thing just will NOT CHANGE, is akin to watching paint dry. I often ‘broke’ that rule.


    1. I think I saw the whole person-singing-into-a-hairbrush in some movie with Sandra Bullock, and just about every damn Bette Midler movie. (They were pretending to sing, mouthing along with the radio or record, as I recall.)


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