Finals are over finally! .-. So with that said, you can expect to hear a lot more random, odd blog posts about what I haven’t had the chance to write about all semester.
The first thing I’ll begin by addressing is this: tv shows and video games, though they may appear vacuous and overly time consuming, while producing nothing of worth outside of the virtual realm, have taught me a few things.
I will actually be touching on this topic a few more times, possibly in this one post, or I’ll separate them into a few individual posts, but we’ll see. The first show I’d like to address is spongebob. For those of you who don’t know the show, I’ll explain it briefly. It is a cartoon that follows a sponge’s life, and incorporates his best friend (a star fish), his neighbor (a squid), his friend (a squirrel with a mask that allows her to live underwater), his boating instructor (a blowfish), his boss (a crab), and his boss’s daughter (a wale). Now as you can see there is a general aquatic theme with the sprinkling of impossibilities, but acknowledging that isn’t what I’ve gained from the show exactly. Over the years we are constantly changing and developing, both in our minds and our bodies, but the changes are usually quite gradual and inconspicuous. Thinking back to the times when I watched this show, I realized that a million things went right over my head. Let me just mention a few names of things in the show and I think you’ll get the gist. The show is based in an under water town named bikini bottom, where “Mr. Crabs” and “sandy cheeks” just so happen to live… I rest my case…
So as you can see there is very apparent innuendo simply in the names, so who knows what else I wasn’t grasping as a child. Though I’m kind of disappointed in my younger self for not being sharp enough to notice those very obvious innuendos, I’m also intrigued by how a simple childhood show can give me so much perspective into how the mind develops over the years. At that age I thought I understood spongebob. Though, it turns out that I didn’t comprehend it for all of its components.
So that makes me wonder… What do I feel I understand fully at the moment, that I may not fully comprehend for all of its worth. Now there may be room to argue that it’s simply because I was young, and after a certain age, you naturally grasp everything, but I beg to differ. We may look at something and believe we understand it’s true complexities, but in reality we only have a superficial understanding of it. Like things such as people, languages, cultures, social groups we’ve never been immersed in (body builders, chess players, gamers, players, jocks, cheerleaders, intellectuals), etc. We will never truly understand these things without taking the time to understand them.
Although, perhaps it involves immersing ourselves in the topic, detaching from it, finding a new topic, and coming back to it with a different perspective (one of prior knowledge of the topic, but also has additional knowledge form that new topic, that may help with better comprehending the original topic).
At this point, I’ll play it safe and conclude that it’s possibly a mixture of years of mental development, experience, and new perspectives, all rolled into one.