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The Original Cupid Was a Sociopath | Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog Network

The Original Cupid Was a Sociopath | Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog Network | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

It was the Roman writer Lucius Apuleius who brought Cupid to life in his ancient book of fables, The Golden Ass. Apuleius’s Cupid was no mischievous toddler with hummingbird wings but an impulsive god who rejoiced in causing sexual havoc for all earthly creatures. Even the fearless Apollo refers to Cupid as “serpent dire and fierce”:

 

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“The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.” —Harold Goddard

 

Cupid isn't who he was. Children's folklore and fables are almost lost to popular culture. 

 

Cultural euphemisms and white washes hit Grimm's tales and now, apparently, Roman fables: "Apuleius’s Cupid wasn't so much a romantic matchmaker as a devil subjecting hapless people to a toxic lust, one that blinded them with hypersexual urges. This allegory of a capricious god who pierces mortal hearts only to burden them with some scandalous attraction out of sheer boredom or as favors to other gods is reminiscent of nature’s cold mindlessness when it comes to human sexuality. Individuals with the most deviant desires have similarly found themselves at the whim of a terrible randomness. To learn more about the science of “erotic outliers,”

 What other tales were censored or re-written and popularized? 

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Identity and creating - aren't we all freaks or outsiders? | TalentDevelop

Identity and creating - aren't we all freaks or outsiders? | TalentDevelop | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Rashida Jones has noted, “I am very light-skinned and I don’t look like I have a black parent… I’d show up to a casting and the casting director would be visibly relieved and would tell me: `You don’t really look that black at all’… “I used to take...

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So often, being an outsider results from appearing to belong (superficially), but the inner self--the values, interests, abilities, skills, sexuality, racial/ethnicity--contradicts what people had inferred from your appearance. People are outsiders when they recognize this or suffer from this "contradiction to expectations".

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