Black People : Butterfly Effect

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  1. Deepvoice

    Deepvoice Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Butterfly effect-a phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large consequences elsewhere.

    Here is an example. My mother as a child was gifted, she graduated from high school at the age of 15 at a time when it was very unusually to do so(especially a black child), they saw her potential at a young age and thought that they would only be doing her an injustice if they didn't challenge her mentally in the classroom so gradually they skipped her 3 grades. She was 11 years old for a couple months as a high schooler. At an IQ of 165, she was regarded as highly intelligent amongst her family members and fellow classmates.

    The changes happened young in her life, they were gradually and they were small, but these things would have a terrible effect on my mother for the rest of her life. Since everybody around her were so much older than my mother, this greatly hindered my mother's social interraction amongst her peers, she took herself for granted, and so many things I can't begin to name.

    These things in her youth seemed small, but in the course of her 45 years on this earth these changes proved non beneficial to her. My point is that people should take it slowly and experience all things. Anything that alters this process could be great in a person's life.
     
  2. Deepvoice

    Deepvoice Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I don't look at intelligence like most people do because of this.
     
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    Brother Deepvoice ... thanks for sharing with us.

    Your story makes me think of all the many generations of our people enslaved, mistreated, beat, killed, violated in every way possible ... and then they are told ... "you're free" ... with no therapy, no mule, no acres, no eduction, no help ... only jim crow and more subjugation.

    Now, a few generations later ... you have us.

    You're absolutely right Brother ... everything effects everything.

    In regard to your own personal testimony above, i'd like to encourage you to take the good and leave the bad, as all of us must do with situations that we find in our lives could have been handled better or differently.

    Your Mother, with all that you've shared above, has somehow been able to give birth and raise a beautiful son ... you. So all of the negative did not hinder her ability to give a great gift to the world and our people. Focus on the positive. In addition, you have the added insight of her experience, when you give birth to your children and see their remarkable intelligence. You're a step ahead Brother, because your Mother shared her story with you. This is good. Be encouraged.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
  4. Lloyd

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    Though i don't understand why u talk about it,i agree with u that we should go step by step
     
  5. Riada

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    Your mother sounds fascinating. Life can be especially depressing for a very intelligent Black woman, since she usually grew up in or must grow up in a racist and sexist environment. I don’t know what kind of relationship you have with your mother, but have you ever tried to find out what her life has really been like from her point of view--herstory? Sounds like you have observed a lot about her and she's told you some things, but now that you are older, you might want to encourage her to just talk it all out to you--that is, if you can be emotionally detached enough to handle this without harming yourself.

    I'm sure it would truly warm her heart to know that her son wants to know her as a person.
     
  6. Deepvoice

    Deepvoice Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks you guys, I just felt the need to share for some reason. I don't know why I do stuff like that, I think I'll take your advice Riada.
     
  7. Wisdom7

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    Hi Deepvoice. I think it was great that you shared. If you hadn't of experienced what you did in growing up, you wouldn't be the person you are today.

    There will be certain sensitivities and insights you have necessary that are needed in this time, day, and age in dealing with children and in sharing your story to teach something to us adults. I do believe you are right in the fact that we need to slow down and experience life.

    This message is great and needed at this time in which we are now coming to terms with what "life" actually is as opposed to being big consumers, stressed out to attain materialistic things and working our tails off to "survive" while children suffer the consequences.

    It sounds as though you've been infused with the intelligence of your mother and the insight in helping to resolve upcoming trials of the next generation.
     
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