Anger or Captivity

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Tilikum, the literal killer whale is reported sick with a bacteria infection. With sickness ushering him towards the end, the only draw to entice the reader with each article is the kill list that this whale has procured.

This begs the question that was touched upon in the documentary Blackfish, was this aggression caused by Tilikum being kept in captivity or was he born angry? Then this question leads to, was I born with a predisposition to avoid the general masses or working in a movie theater caused me to be this way?

I’m, obviously, not a murder but being an introvert murders any hope of a social life since being social, unfortunately, involves other people. While working at a busy movie theater, you are exposed to thousands of people within a couple of hours. When people end up in masses, they tend to lose their own intellect and adopt the mentality of the herd. The most intelligent people end up standing in a line for a register that was never open.  When you experience people doing dimwitted things over and over again, it is an easy way to lose faith in the human race.

“Spotting the introvert can be harder than finding Waldo,” Sophia Dembling, author of “The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World,” tells The Huffington Post.

I have felt and related to many of the things that the Huffington Post article spoke about; small talk is cumbersome, feel alone in a crowd, and networking makes me feel like a phony. These are things that I have always felt. I have grown around feeling this way and in turn they are a big part of my personality.

“Introversion is a basic temperament, so the social aspect — which is what people focus on — is really a small part of being an introvert,” Dr. Marti Olsen Laney, psychotherapist and author of “The Introvert Advantage,” said in a Mensa discussion. “It affects everything in your life.”

Being an introvert isn’t something that you become because of a job you take when you’re 18 years old, it is something you just are. It is true that working in a movie theatre did not help my introverted behavior but it did not cause it. Tilikum may have been predisposed for aggression but being held in a small cage throughout his life definitely exacerbated his anger and aggression towards people.

Even though Tilikum might pass within the next few days, we can see how his many children behave in the future. I suppose we could say the same about me.

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Anger or Captivity

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