Thursday, July 10, 2014

Real Teens of 2014: The Joker

[Real Teens of 2014 is a blog series with interviews of middle and high schoolers. Interview questions are chosen by the interviewee from a list, and answers are presented unedited.]

Code name: Can I be a villain? I want to be The Joker. If not, Violet from The Incredibles.

Favorite book: I don't think I have a single favorite book... I love anything that teaches me or completely envelopes me into the story. Blue Like Jazz is definitely high on my list because it does both.

Tell us something that isn't true.

Contrary to popular belief, pigs will never fly.

If you had the power to fix one thing that you see wrong with the world, what would it be? How would you fix it?

I want to end world hunger. Haha yeah, I know. The answer is extremely cliché. But only on the surface. It breaks my heart to know that so many people do not have access to food. Good food. Nourishing food. I feel a desperate need to help them. How can they have a true chance at anything if they cannot eat? If I had the money, I would start a bakery and café called BREAD (Bible Reveals Every Answer Daily). It would be awesome. I would have two kitchens so everything that is gluten free would truly be 100% gluten free. We would sell to the public. But we'd also reach out to the hungry, homeless, and unemployed. We would work closely with many of the area's shelters and churches. We personally would be a food pantry for those in need. On a regular basis- perhaps once a month- we would have special events that would benefit the people we're helping in someway. No, BREAD wouldn't change the world. But it would change some lives. It would leave a legacy that would hopefully carry on and spread.

What should be the number one priority of the human race?

God. C.S. Lewis once said "one must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important." It is important to remember that Christianity is the only religion in which we are not striving to become perfect versions of ourselves. We are striving to completely surrender ourselves to a perfect God and allow Christ to live through us.

What personality does each color of the rainbow have?

Colors don't have personalities, but feelings and personalities have colors. In the same way that a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square. Shade is extremely important. So… red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet...

Red can be anger, blood lust, frustration, addiction, warning, warm, bright, comforting, inviting, exciting, and wrong. So red is angry at the world. Red wants to like people, but has a hard time keeping them around too long because of it's anger issue. Red also struggles with spiritual warfare. Red can also be extremely classy.

Orange can be happy, annoying, extremely exciting, warning, "look at me!", sweet, hyper, also calm… Orange has many personalities, I think. Because traffic cone orange and neon orange is annoying and a plea for attention. However, soft orange and the gold orange in sunsets is calm, sweet, loving, relaxing... It's like a summer evening by the lake watching the world go by. It's a summer evening in the lagoon with the lights strung up in the trees and the fireflies dancing around with life and music, but still peace and a slow pace. (I know we're discussing rainbows, but Orange is extremely flexible and a little all over the place because it's so hyper.)

Yellow is bright, happy, hopeful, exciting, and joyful. Yellow is like the light at the end of the tunnel in a long- and even a short- winter. Yellow is like a promise that the sun will come back. It will be warm again someday, even if that day is not today. Yellow is like an adventure through a meadow. Yellow is the dance of the fireflies through the tree branches. Yellow is caring, always asking "why are you sad? The sun is not far away." The sun can be both figurative and literal. Yellow can also be jealous at times, but not very often.

Green. Green is extremely exciting, happy, comforting, fresh, equivalent to a shot of caffeine... Just to name a few. Green is warm. Even though green is everywhere, it is humble. Often times green goes to make other things stand out. Green stands out on it's own, of course, because it is independent. It simply cares for other colors and doesn't mind being their background guy. Green is also extremely open minded. The human eye can perceive green more than any color. And for only one color, there are seemingly endless amounts of shades. Green can be spontaneous.

Blue is interesting. It can be happy, bright, bursting with energy and joy, calm, and athletic. It can also be depressed, hurt, broken, confused, angry, lost, struggling, tired, and cold. I think Blue has seasonal depression because how it is depends on what it's mixed with: light or dark, white or black, day or night. Blue isn't bad, although it has sometimes convinced itself it is. Blue is beautiful and quite enjoyable. It just doesn't see itself the way others do. It's is nervous around others and tends to lack self confidence. Blue is extremely timid and shy until its barriers are broken. After that, blue almost always has something charming, witty, or funny to say. Blue is very sweet.

Violet is interesting. Violet is dark, mysterious, deep, insightful, extremely intelligent, quiet, introverted, and can be very grouchy. Sometimes violet's grouchiness is simply an act to keep others away. Violet has very high standards and only associates with those who meet it's standards. Violet is the atmosphere of writing in a coffee shop on a rainy day. Violet is rarely shares it's secrets. When it does, it never shares the whole story. Violet is extremely independent and relies on no one. 

It is important to to note that each color has more things tied them. They are not limited.


There you have it! The definitive treatise on color personalities. And I hope you do start BREAD one day. Thank you, Joker!