I have two beautiful sisters and a brother (who, IÂ should say,Â is also quite beautiful). We are all close, and we have shared some wonderful family moments together over the years.
But you know something? My siblingsÂ don’t think about things the same way I do. They don’t behave the same way in the same circumstances, they don’t laugh at the same jokes, they don’t find the same injustices in the worldÂ that I do. They don’t get the same rush out of solving an intellectually challenging problem, they don’t stay up all night discussing whether skepticism leads to atheism, they don’t search for avenues of interest that fall outside of theirÂ boundaries of normal,Â they don’t see the folly and brilliance of politics, nor the power and depth of culture, they don’t rail against postmodernists forÂ dubious uses ofÂ languageÂ while saying nothing, they don’t sample the same art, they are not enamoredÂ of the avant-garde, they don’t worry that science literacy might be waning in the US, they don’t revere critically thinking the same way I do.
And I want them to. I want them to be spokespeople for science and rationality. I want them to know what I know. I want them to do what I do.
Now, I learned a long time ago that my siblings are individuals. Those first few paragraphs are simply a springboard for today’s discussion.Â My sisters and brotherÂ are separate people with their own unique personalities and identities, and it’s unfair of me to expect them to be exactly like me. The truth is, I probably wouldn’t like them much if they were exactly like me.
But I wonder about the differences. I mean, we have the same parents. We were raised in the same environment. Why aren’t we more alike?
But what about you?
Do you have siblings? Do they think like you do? Are you concerned/embarrassed by the things they do and say? Are you the “Black Sheep”, or is it one of your siblings? Do you try to sway them to your way of seeing the world? Do you care?
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