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Imagination Is Not for the Poor

A bitter rant about how society marks our future.

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“Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.”

― Victor Hugo

My imagination has been extremely vivid since I was very little, I used to daydream a lot and that gave me the quality of being a thinker.

That sparked a huge curiosity on me, and I would talk and talk about everything that came into my attention. It felt somewhat like a superpower, as I was the only one in my family with it. With that superpower, I wrote some short (and shitty) comics, some of which I still keep somewhere, and also, designed some fixes for my broken toys.

As I grew I became more interested in Arts, I tried to learn to play the guitar, but without a guitar and everything else I had to wait. My family didn’t actually support any of those hobbies.

But they loved how I would always come with a new idea to fix my dad’s beaten up trucks, I discovered that my creativity could be used for more material things, like mechanics and engineering.

I kept drawing and daydreaming, and also, failing at my grades, but I didn’t care, imagination was my escape from a crappy reality, I’m not going to bore you with every detail, just know I was quite poor.

And that kept going for years. Several wasted years.

During that time I didn’t have any chance to develop my creativity. Yeah, I kept writing notebooks and notebooks, which are also full of doodles. Later I was able to learn guitar, but that’s a story for another day.

But I didn’t feel society supporting creativity, and I’m not the only one who has lived this, some more kids from my background suffered this.

The Actual Story Begins Here

Creativity is not something valuable for the working class, it’s regarded as something for Bohemian painters, the kind of people who don’t have a place to fall dead.

When you have resources, you’re allowed to become whatever you want, the world thinks it’s okay if you spend your time trying to become a painter, a writer, or even an engineer (a career also related to the imagination).

But when you’re poor you’re expected to get those stupid ideas out of your head, the world will blackmail you into giving up, and this way, lots and lots of people who could have otherwise been successful end up working in crappy jobs, all of their lives. While if they had a bit more support, they could have achieved the same as their counterparts.

I managed to still develop my creativity, I firmly believe in myself and that helped me to get out of the flock, not without sacrifice. And it’s been an extremely long path.

This text is dedicated to those who can’t, who feel overwhelmed by our society’s norms that keep hammering our heads with “It’s not worthy”, “stop daydreaming”, “you’ll starve to death”, or my favorite “you’re poor, you can’t afford it”.

The ones who could do marvelous things if we stopped trying to look good just for a second and actually did something good.

I want society to make them stand out, I want the world to notice them, to start actually helping them, fixing the education worldwide, and encouraging everyone to follow their abilities instead of clipping their wings.

Poor kids also have potential, and we’re completely missing it.


Originally published in Curious at Medium

The Brat Privilege

How social movements have been hijacked by the upper-class kids

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Nowadays, the talk about privilege is in the spotlight globally. We tend to talk a lot about privilege.

Most of the time these talks come from upper-class college students, posting from their expensive laptops, insulting anyone who disagrees with them, talking about privilege and anticapitalism while failing to realize that they are part of that system they criticize.

They will throw tantrums as soon as they have a chance, not because they actually care, but because it’s trendy.

They will call horrible things to anyone daring to not agree with them, including literally anyone, even blue-collar workers, black people, formerly oppressed women, anyone.

They will try to destroy their lives in the name of justice, without realizing that they’re being the actual bullies.

Because let’s be honest, when you have enough money to write from a Mac, while sipping Starbucks coffee and making fun of those who weren’t able to attend college, the ones who keep your country running, the chances are that the only privileged is you.

This kind of privilege silences every fight, as it shifts our focus from things like our growing global poverty (yes it also exists in the wrongly called first world, but it’s just ignored), the soldier kids in Africa, or the female mutilation in certain countries to their first world problems, to their childish desires.

They deliberately ignore the working class’ problems, like low wages, extensive overtime, unpaid hours, the lack of access to health or a decent education, the impossibility to generate any savings. This class has become the most targeted for their mockery. And this is generating a wave of growing anger.

You can even see some of them try to rebate black guys on how is like being a black guy in the United States.

And so, they’re slowly killing actual fights by suffocating them inside their endless need for attention.

TREND IS KILLING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

WRITTEN BYJM Miana

I write and translate stuff from English to Spanish, learning is one of my favourite things to do, after playing rock music. https://linktr.ee/Jmmiana


Originally published at Medium.