Are You In a Box?

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I found the premise of the book and movie series Divergent fascinating. Everyone was to fit into their own box. They could choose the box they wanted to be in for the rest of their lives when they were sixteen years old, and they could choose a box outside the one they were raised as part of. It resembled freedom, but was it? They took an “Aptitude Test” that usually confirmed their choice to themselves before they declared it permanently.

Two things could happen which would result in someone falling outside any of the boxes. They could fail initiation for their chosen box (faction) and have to live in the city streets to live in poverty. Or they could show aptitude for more than one faction and find out they were “divergent.”

Different is not good in this scenario. They were considered dangerous because they could think for themselves. I’ve come to wonder if divergent could be considered as a synonym for some of the terms used to describe some of us who might be reading this. Maybe creative or diverse or some of the more negative words–irregular, abnormal, perhaps even deviant.

I personally think of myself as divergent after reading this series and watching the movies. Thinking for oneself is a GOOD quality. Facing life in creative ways and seeing the world through what I think of as magic glasses is such a good thing. If you think of yourself in these ways and claim your place in the world, stand tall. You are created to be divergent.

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About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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