This is a reaction to the short story Glass Roses, written by Alden Nowlan.
After initially reading this story I didn’t really relate to the main character or many of the themes of the story. This is because I have never shared any similar experiences or felt any of the same emotions.
Or that’s what I thought.
But after reading it a second time, I was able to make a much better connection with some of the deeper themes because I realized that this story isn’t really about what happens. It is more about what the character feels. It is about what he goes through and how he changes. And I think this applies to everyone because everyone changes through different experiences over the course of their life.
For me, for example, I connected with the whole idea of having to fit in. There’s always this constant pressure in high school and in life in general of being a certain way. This could be being the perfect son, or the number one student, or the MVP at every sports game.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein.
There is always this negative thinking associated with not being able to be the best, or not being able to fit in with the rest of society. But that is so wrong. As shown in the story, this can negatively affect individuals and lead them to question who they are and this should never be the case. In the short story Glass Roses, the main character ends up accepting who he really is but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the pressure can become so much that it can lead people to do insane things all because of a messed up thinking.
I believe that all people are unique and that being able to accept that will make society a much better place. Getting rid of this constant pressure for all people to be a certain way is impossible. Some societies pride their diversity and others do not. And the societies that do not… these are the societies in war and chaos.
These are the societies in self destruction.