I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nerding out on Netflix and Hoopla

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been spending a fair amount of time on Netflix and Hoopla. As I mentioned previously, I've discovered NF's documentaries section, and it'll take me quite a while to get through it all. I intend to watch all of the geography-related documentaries, for sure. I'm a huge geography nerd, if it wasn't clear by the fact that I have a world map on my wall. I am also heavily influenced by history, and it was going to be my minor in college. I frequently say that I missed my calling as a historian, because history makes me cry on a near-regular basis.

I finished the Planet Earth series. I completely forgot to mention that I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (spoiler: he turned his health completely around by juicing) a while back. I also watched Minimalism a second time, and then watched National Park Adventure and Martin Luther. If you want to understand how the Protestant movement started, I recommend the latter.

They did not hold back on letting us know that Martin Luther suffered from mental illness. I found myself feeling sorry for him at times. He had a problem with self-harm. Anxiety and depression are not an easy road to travel, and he didn't have the luxury of medical treatment (not that he would have accepted it...although there's no way to know that). His anxiety drove him to find a different way to God than through laws and works, because he believed that nothing he could possibly do was good enough. He disliked the Pope's power over people, and was consumed by guilt and loathing until he interpreted the Bible in a way that removed the actions of humanity and focused solely on trusting in God's mercy as a Father, not a Judge. As he got older, he unfortunately fell further into the pit of mental illness, as seen through his writings which became contradictory on a disturbing level. For example: We must love and accept all people as our brothers and sisters and show them God's love, and oh by the way Jews are evil and we must burn their freaking synagogues to the ground. Wow. No, Martin. Let's not do that, OK buddy? I was raised Protestant, mind you, and I don't disagree with everything he wrote. Some of it was absolutely valid, and he made some good points. But obviously, there are also a lot of issues there. Every religion and associated denomination has its problems - that is for certain. I think we just have to do the best we can to be decent humans, in spite of ourselves.

Well, that was a bit heavy. Moving on, I logged into Hoopla and listened to three hours of lectures on how color affects us. The red lecture was most fascinating!

This is what it's called, if interested.

It is the second time I've heard a study which stated that red dinner plates result in people eating less because our brains are conditioned to see red as yield or stop. I have nothing to add to that, really. I just found it worth mentioning.

Another intriguing study showed that both men and women are more attracted to someone wearing red than any other color, by a landslide. In regards to wardrobe, red represents strength, power, and dominance in men, and sexiness in women (he was graphic in his explanation of this). Now the odd part for me is that I do think women in red are attractive. Not on a sexual level, but in general because they seem more confident and strong. I've noticed myself thinking "You go girl!" when a woman is wearing red. What I've also noticed is that I am NOT attracted to men in red as I DO NOT like dominant, aggressive men. So where that study is concerned, I am the exact opposite of the statistic which stated that women prefer men in red because it signifies dominance, power, and aggression. I immediately felt a bit horrified, as if to say "eww no thanks!" Furthermore, the study stated that women find men in blue unattractive, and I could not disagree more. LOL

So I'm a deviant, I guess! I do prefer men in blue over red, by far. I like men who are calm, patient, and not overpowering in any way. I truly cannot stand aggression, and I feel anxious and put off by men in red, but I didn't realize that until I listened to the lecture. Isn't that strange? It all seems silly, doesn't it? People can wear whatever they want, and it doesn't mean they are what they're wearing. But the studies show that our brains are wired to interpret color in very specific ways, and it is proven that it affects our behavior whether we are aware of it or not.

Super weird, man. Psychology is so interesting!

At this point, I've decided to watch 18 hours of drawing lectures. My intention is to audit the course, then go back a second time and actually participate. I'll work on setting up my studio in order to do that. I do still have three art projects that are unfinished, and I plan to finish them by the end of the year regardless of my skill level. I did take a full year of drawing and design courses in college, but that has been almost a decade ago now. I've decided to start from the beginning again, this time at my own pace with an online professor (from U of Washington, if curious), and see what happens. It will be far less stressful as a free non-credit self-guided endeavor, without a doubt.

I'll share some artwork and more of my thoughts soon.