Dissolving Stereotypes through Personal Individuality
Dissolving Stereotypes through Personal Individuality by C.
The other evening, I was meticulously assembling and painting
one of my many model airplanes. I carefully constructed the
wingspan of this F-15C Eagle, gently sealed the cockpit and
began to brush whisping strokes of color upon this small,
As I completed the final coat of what was to be the base color
of the model, my oldest nephew sat across from me and began, in
great detail, to tell me "how to paint" this particular plane;
as I was not "painting it to standard." I promptly decided to
ignore him and continue with my artistry. Shifting my head from
side to side, I admired the miniature, mechanical replica.
Setting the plane aside, my eyes turned towards my nephew. I
said, " ... now, there are many planes. Many look identical,
but there were quite a few that stood out among the massive air
fleet," I paused, " ... my plane is still not complete.
It will be unique from other models, as were those squadron
fighters who took special initiative in painting their own,
unique designs and decals."
Smugly, he retorted, " ... well, I was just trying to tell
you how they're SUPPOSED to look."
Yesterday, I almost finished my aircraft. It still needs some
minor adjustments and its decal applications. The final product
has the appearance of an alligator. Large, piercing eyes adorn
the nose. Olive green, tan and yellow-tinted scales grace the
bottom of this intricately designed craft as well. In addition,
white, glossy teeth line the sides of the 1:48 scale plane.
Softly holding the small craft in my hands, I marveled at its
spectacle. It was unique in every form and fashion. Then I
pondered over what my nephew had remarked the previous day,
"... I was just trying to tell you how it's SUPPOSED to
look..." That comment is ironically a stereotypical ideology
of human-brain thinking.
Metaphorically speaking, I compare the crafting, design and
uniqueness of my tiny craft to that of God's intricate design of
human beings. We are, in essence, interconnected on a
cosmological realm; however, each human has his or her own
special individuality. If I literally took the typical
standpoint that we, as humans, are to act, think, feel and
present ourselves all alike, then we no longer exist by
identity, but by mere numbers.
Each person is extraordinarily created to be the light in the
darkness, and to beat his drum to a different rhythm. Those who
create personal individuality are the thinkers, the dreamers,
and the doers of humanity. When Einstein developed the light
bulb, I'm sure many thought he was insane. When Alexander Graham
Bell wanted to communicate through a mechanism connected only by
flimsy wiring, there were skeptics as well. You see, those who
have exemplary vision of "being different," create realities.
In closing, build your craft (life) the way you so desire. It is
human nature to spread your wings, expand and soar this global
plane from the form in which you, yourself, were created: Be who
YOU desire to be -- and in doing so, aspire to be different from