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Spitz’s Incoherent Rambles: “Isn’t that embarrassing?” / In Defense of “Cute”

March 22, 2014

I am of the mind that as long as you aren’t harming another human being (or animal I guess I should add) emotionally or physically, I see no reason why you should be ostracized for enjoying the things you get enjoyment out of.
It’s one of those things that, once you’ve grown up a bit, you realize that “yes, of course you should be entitled to enjoy what you enjoy”, and maybe this is a concept which hindered me in the process of growing up more than some people (but I doubt it, considering what a traumatizing experience I’m confident high school was for a lot of us), but there are still certain things I like which I feel I need to hide from some people and not others, and it’s difficult to put a finger on why that is exactly. It’s pretty frustrating.

I think it’s healthy for people to embrace the things they enjoy. If you’re in a situation (and I think a lot of us have been there) where you feel like you have to play down the things you like or play up the things you don’t to try and draw out the approval of those around you (be they friends or family or coworkers or whomever), I think the best thing to do is to look at the situation from the outside in and consider what it is you’re trying to accomplish through lying about such things, and ask yourself whether or not lying to and about yourself is worth it in the long run.
I want to be myself, and I would encourage anyone else to be themselves as well.
If you’re afraid your interests might make those around you disapprove of you and make you feel foolish, then those people are not your friends.
If you wholeheartedly enjoy something, people of similar interests will find their way to you, and a relationship built around a truly similar interest will always triumph over one built on falsified similar interests.

Mayoi_profile (1)  Which leads into something similar, which is people’s seeming adverseness to “cute” things. I’ve encountered situations where people who don’t know me personally realize I’m comfortable with stuff like the adorable Hachikuji Mayoi here, and proceed to shoot me a look as if to ask “what are you? twelve?”. To which the answer is “Of course not, I just don’t dislike things that brighten my day when I see them.”
We’ve become too accustomed to gritty and dark and brown and grey here in America, and while these things have their place just as all things do, I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with something designed to be as inoffensive, bright and colorful as possible.

Whether you’re a man, woman, child or elder, I think in being born onto this planet you’re entitled to like what you like, be it opera music, stamp collecting, yoga, competitive video games, anime, the letter “T”, or what-have-you.
Life can be a tremendously oppressive thing, and I think individuals who give people flak, when those people are doing something as harmless as embracing the things which give them a respite from the stuff which brings them down are among the worst types of people.

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