I know I have not updated the blog on a long time. I’ve been really busy this weeks with final exams and a lot of other stuff teacher forgot to do the previous three months. Now I’m free again (or sort of…), so I got some time to think again, and my first thought was an analogy…
If there’s one thing I learnt in geography class, is that mountains are formed slowly, in a matter of hundred of thousand of years, by the sedimentation of particles in a specific location, making the ground around to sink. Right now, mountains can be part of a line or irregularities, can be a high mountain, a simple hill, or even a tepuy if we treat those like a mountain, or irregularity in the earth terrains.
Now, I gonna propose an analogy, relating people with those irregularities. Let’s start by setting what I’m going to relate. First, social groups and introvert/extrovert personalities. And second, range of thoughts. I know it sound weird (or maybe not), but I found it very logical (maybe you don’t).
Picture this scene:
Now think about the two mountains on the sides; they are big, and as it, they are, in essence, distant from the other mountains. On the other hand, small mountains are commonly near each other, as generally there are numerous irregularities in a single place, more often that just a few.
If we see this from the sociologist point of view (as if those were not mountains but humans), we could establish that there are a lot of humans in a “normal” sector, which would be the center of irregularities, whom are more likely to be with each other, to form a group. And there are those who are naturally away from the rest, those mountains on the sides, which are big, but with no “equals” around. Also, if we think about it, there surely could be small hills just like the big mountains: with no one around to be with.
So, in simpler words, you could say some people is a big mountain, with a big sink around it, to make others effort to reach it. Or perhaps say it is a normal sector mountain, in middle of other mountains, kind of the same height, with whom it can connect easily.
Now, let’s talk about “range of thoughts”. What is it? something I made up for this article but that I’m sure there is some scientific, medical, or psychological name. It is about how someone is capable of understanding some things about others, about their environment. In mountains-ish speaking, a higher mountain has more range of thoughts than a small one, because someone in the top of that big mountain will see more in the distance than someone on top of a smaller mountain.
If we mix up a little, we could figure out there are people who are just attached mountains, who doesn’t see more than that mountain that they’re attached to, and a little on the other side. There are really big mountains, that are so big that for the man on the top is hard to see around; there are many clouds and it’s just so far from the rest he just imagine how things are. That will make him a dreamer, he just sees what he wants to see. Ironically, that the best for him, even when it’s not the best for the rest of mountains.
On the other hand, there are some hills around, which never needed to grow up, never wanted to, either, and well, the do great relating to other hills.
Being a man in top of a mountain makes you need to relate to people more or less the same height as you; on top of other mountains you’ll find other people trying to do the same thing.
The problem for everybody is that it is hard to find mountains of your height, also some times, you are metaphorically on an island, being for you even harder that on continental lands to find mountains just near you height. And, for the record, it depends on you, and perhaps your mountain height (being that the sum of experience, age, knowledge) to be able to see other mountains’ height.
So, we were monkeys, now we’re mountains… Really weird how evolution works…