• Frank Font

The Reality of Flowers for Algernon

You start to learn as you grow into adulthood that the world is not all sunshine and rainbows. The more you know about what happens around the world, the more you realize it is full of corruption, greed, hatred, among other awful events. I relate this to the book by the title, “Flowers for Algernon.” If my memory serves me correctly, it was a book that my 8th-grade class read an excerpt from in middle school. One of the conclusions that my class reached was that ignorance is bliss. This was concluded because the more intelligent Charlie got, the more he realized the reality of those that he thought were his friends. This is like what happens as you grow into adulthood; you begin to realize that your view of the world may not have been as perfect as you thought. This does, of course, not apply to everyone as some kids had to grow up quickly and from a young age knew how cruel reality could be. I am not saying that this is a negative aspect of adulthood, but something that depends on how you use it. For example, up to a year ago, I would have considered myself a pushover; I would try making everyone else happy regardless of how it made me feel or what it would require me to sacrifice. As of late, I have started to put up with less bullsh*t. For example, at my current job, when I first joined, there use to be 15 or so individuals that would work the night shift. For the first two weeks or so, I thought they were all employees there, but only six of us were company employees while the other nine were temps, with me and another recent hiring being the only ones that were strictly night shift. As time has progressed, the number of temps called to come has decreased to two or even sometimes one. That has left me and the other night shift hire to increase workload while the pay stays the same to reduce the warehouse operation cost. With all due respect to whoever thought I would put up with that, this two-week notice is heading your way. If I had the mindset that I had a few months ago, I would have probably told myself that I would stick it out until the end of the year or until I had been at the company for an entire year.

The lesson I would like you to take away from this is that even though adulthood may lead you to see the world for what it is, it will allow you to develop as an individual. But that is only if you use that information in your favor and do not follow the belief that ignorance is bliss because what you do not know can and will hurt you in the long run.

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