Erin P. (erinstotle) wrote in ed_ucate,
Erin P.

"EDucate" - My opinion

I am a big fan of this community, there's no question about that. However, I feel like in order to "truly" EDucate ourselves, we need to be asking more questions about ourselves, and to each other. For example, someone can ask "What is your ideal body size?" but do we ever ask "WHY is that your ideal body size?". Or what about, "Do you believe that being thin means you're a better person?" (Why? How did this idea come to be?). If we want to truly discover new things about ourselves and our society - which no doubt plays the larger role in our EDs - then we would be asking WHY, why why.

Even if questioning your own life makes you uncomfortable, I feel like most things we learn entail some level of discomfort - whether it doesn't make sense, or if it's unclear, or if we can't see an immediate connection. There is a lot of discomfort involved in asking questions sometimes, too, because you might look bad, or you might be wrong god forbid, but that shouldn't have to be a negative thing. A good friend of mine put it well when he said: "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable".

I am not pointing fingers at anyone so don't even think about it! I just feel like we can all make life (and this community) a lot more educational/truthful/interesting when we ask questions and ask questions about those questions. And obviously not every post needs a "why" or "how" question (pardon me for sounding like a teacher), but from my own experience, "why" and "how" are the most important words I have learned in the English vocabulary.

So I guess I have a question to ask you all, out of curiosity and relevance: Why are you apart of the ED_ucate community? What attracts you here?


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