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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #78 — Look at me

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Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge. Reena says:

Today, we have a paragraph as a prompt. Do whatever you can with it. Reflect on it, twist it, break it into pieces and use a phrase or just write if you agree/disagree or whatever you think about it. As usual, there are no restrictions on length or format. Suit yourself.

PROMPT

“That proves you are unusual,” returned the Scarecrow; “and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz

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The first thing I notice is that the Scarecrow is talking and the Scarecrow is thought to have no brain. Yet later we find out that he had one all along, he just didn’t believe he had any intelligence. Throughout the film – and I’m guessing in the book also – he was one of the kindest, most caring, and bravest of souls. He didn’t think about doing these things (with his brain), he just did them.

The first part of what he says suggests that being noticed is important, and how you get noticed is to stand out from the crowd in some way. The second part suggests that if you don’t stand out in some way, in this case, by being unusual, you won’t be noticed. This perspective values a person being noticed. There are so many ways to be noticed, some better than others. Speaking generically, if you are noticed for good things, such as kindness, helpfulness, empathy, listening, loving, honesty, sincerity, integrity, consistency, etc., then it is a positive regard. If you are noticed for harmful things such as meanness, exploitation, callousness, overbearingness, hatefulness, dishonesty, superficiality, lacking integrity, inconsistency, etc. then it is a negative regard. But are any of these things unusual? Not really. Anyone who knows human nature knows that all of these things are found in plentiful supply.

Is it OK to be common, to live and die unnoticed like the leaves of a tree? For some, that might be the worst cruelty visited upon a life. Perhaps in infancy and childhood, they were neglected by their parents. As an adult that person may have a phobia about being ignored, or they may have poor self-esteem. In a case like this, one that causes pain to the person, I would say no it isn’t OK. The person would need to cultivate some positive attributes to get themselves noticed.

Speaking for myself, there has to be an aspect of my character that wishes to be noticed, or I wouldn’t be writing in a public forum. But do I need to act in a certain way to get noticed? I say yes, what I write does have to be “unusual” in that it compels a reader to read it. Maybe the writing is a positive attribute I am developing to get noticed? What would happen if my writing did not get noticed? What if I got no “likes” at all?

I think I will stop here. Very interested in hearing any comments, feedback, etc.

25 thoughts on “Reena’s Exploration Challenge #78 — Look at me

  1. Your piece sparks so many thoughts.

    I remember a friend from my teenage years – a girl who was a wonderful human being, and was afflicted by polio. Any discussion about clothes, outings etc. evoked a standard response from her – ‘this is not acceptable in our social circle’ (she came from a conservative background). I wondered if it was a fear of being noticed because of her physical condition, that became a desire to blend in the surroundings.

    I attended digital marketing classes, and learnt about keeping with the trending topics to be noticed online. It encourages falling in line with populist thought. Have our mindsets really progressed? Personally, I prefer platforms which give me scope for discussions rather than likes and views – like this one, and what LinkedIn once used to be.

    Thank you for making my day!

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  2. This is a very thoughtful response to the post. I think the desire to be noticed as unique in our own way is inherent, it is just the paths we take to achieve this that are varied. Certainly an aspect of our character that deserves looking into.

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  3. I would still write even if I got no LIKES, because I write for my own enjoyment and I care very little about what others think of my writing. In my own mind, I know that my writing is good and that is what matters most to me.

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  4. You bring up a good point, Len. Or maybe it’s the way of getting notice is dependent. I’m definitely an introvert. I very much enjoy getting noticed on WP. Out on a city street or at a party, not so much.

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  5. Jim, I know what you mean to a point, but if you already have that information in your head, what’s the point of typing it out and posting it if you care little if you are read?

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  6. Since I am a research writer, I don’t have the information in my head and many times I start writing with a blank slate. The art of writing to me is in the refinement and making the information that I discover sound better than when it was originally written by somebody else.

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  7. Yes, I do appreciate Likes, and complimentary comments, but that has nothing to do with why I write. I write because I am compelled to write, so I can capture something that is meaningful every day in my life.

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  8. I believe you. I do it for the same reason, but I also do it to have a schedule of writing and posting every day and hoping someone will find it brightens or enlightens their world. It’s the same reason I like reading the posts I read.

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  9. I am a great fan of Baum. There is much truth in all of your statements/ observances.
    I think as bloggers we enjoy the repeat visits of the friends we have made. But it can be annoying to have others attach to us like leeches. We have nothing in common with them. I say that it is not a crime to have your own blog – to do what you wish with it. But respect goes a long way. And those who do not honor respect – they will not get the rewards they are looking for – at least I hope not.

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  10. Before the days of the internet, I had to find my reading elsewhere. One place I found was called Dover books. You could get them dirt cheap, on any topic. I’m not even sure if they are still in business. I remember buying one of Baum’s books on a whim and being blown away by how rich his books are. I ended up buying at least a few more — they’ve been lost along the way. Now I mainly get books from the library and get reading in on WP. I don’t mind anyone dropping in, even if there is nothing in common, as you never know when you might discover you do have things in common with them. If there is no respect, then that’s another matter altogether.

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  11. If you got no views by being yourself…that just means you haven’t found your audience…

    You are doing it the right way because you believe in what you are writing and it’s good. If you wanted just to get noticed…that would not be hard…just post something controversial… just for the sake of it… but then…that wouldn’t be you and it would be empty.

    I post to find more unusual people with my tastes…compared to the real world.

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