Adrian Griffin

Fayetteville, AR, United States

About Adrian

Bio

Hi, I'm Adrian Griffin. I'm a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I enjoy acting and singing, and I'm a student. I'm normally very laid-back, but I've found that pressure has recently become a little bit more difficult to deal with, but I'm still sort of the same. I broke my hip when I was twelve, and I've had issues with balance and walking ever since. I wear a lift, but it's not really enough. I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at age three, and for a long time I've let it define me, and while it does hold some influence over my behavior still, I like to think that I'm more than just the kid with Aspergers anymore.

An idea worth spreading

What if we all lived on the road for at least a year. It sounds crazy, but pretty much everyone I've ever met who's traveled in that manner has a better understanding from it than people who just talk about it and read about it. Come to think about it, once you get down past the annoyances and the stress of travel, there's a calming, satisfying feel to travel. Granted, I'm not saying go nomadic for the rest of your life, it doesn't have to be some big commitment. All I'm saying is, the moments when you're traveling are the moments most people write books about. I know that as soon as I'm out of high school, and out of college, I'm going backpacking to wherever I can reach. I'll just need to get my license first, though, I suppose.

I'm passionate about

Music, writing, my friends, the education system, love, philosophy, politics and how to avoid them, nerd stuff, geek stuff, avoiding an existential crisis, staying optimistic, other stuff.

Comments & conversations

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Posted over 1 year ago
Are things getting better?
First, I would like to say that it's quite obvious that things are getting much better, but I'd like to talk about the factors that go into the modern perception of the world. First is 24-Hour News. With news networks running out of things to talk about, they do what they do best, which is to take small, harmless stories completely out of context in order to sensationalize them because these networks get the greatest amount of views when the population is panicked. As a result, the only news pieces that really get any worthwhile coverage are either fluff pieces or moral panics, such as violent video games. Did you know that we have a potential cure for HIV? I found that out from a non-fiction comedy website that cites reputable sources, rather than any news network out there. Of course, if we are looking at factors that contribute to negative perception over positive reality, one cannot ignore one's own tendencies. For instance, when we think of ways the world could be better, we don't compare it to any realistic thing, we instead use a false ideal in our head that couldn't possibly be real. We also complain about how the rich never seem to give to the poor when in fact that does happen, it's just in our case we're the rich ones giving jobs to the poor in places like China and India, who are just starting to be on a level of wealth that we're all on. It's really weird, I know, but it's a part of human nature, and we just need to accept that we're doing good, whether we like it or not.
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Adrian Griffin
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we need to lie?
In my previous comment, I should say that I was speaking of the description, not the topic, and I believe that the current functioning society that we live in today does require minimal deception. However, we could eventually find ourselves becoming better people if we just got rid of lying altogether. Of course it would take us adapting to it for quite a while, and during such a time there would be people nostalgic of the time when people could get away with lying, but as the time for missing dwindles and ends, we will find ourselves better people than we were before, compassionate and genuine, less judgmental, and ultimately kinder as a whole. Thanks
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Adrian Griffin
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we need to lie?
Personally, I think that in the long-term, it would have a very positive impact, but in the beginning of a society such as that, there would definitely be negative effects for quite a bit of that. Eventually, though, I think people would adapt. Of course, if the government is enforcing it, then they should be subject to it as well. I'm sure many people think that such a society would be a Dystopian nightmare, but they're thinking of it as one way, where the government spies on us and keeps all sorts of secrets, and that would be terrible, but if they didn't and neither did we, then I think it'd be beneficial to us all.
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Adrian Griffin
Posted over 1 year ago
How can I get more people interested in important issues?
I think the problem with that is that there are too many uninteresting topics for most people. I remember I did a lot of scrolling before I found one that really interested me. Perhaps that's the lazy side of me speaking, but I think the fact that K B starting this conversation means that she has had trouble finding like-minded individuals in these other conversations. I don't think it's just complaining, I think it's searching, relieving self-doubt by making sure there are other people interested in the same thing. Perhaps it's a bit unnecessary, this is a rather large website after all, and it's next to impossible to not find like-minded individuals, but this is quite self-affirming. Perhaps she will start conversations that matter to her after this.
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Adrian Griffin
Posted over 1 year ago
How can I get more people interested in important issues?
You could try relating to them using those memes and those jokes. I'm sort of spit-balling here, but I learned recently that humor and laughter are relating mechanisms in the human mind. Don't make light of the situation, but try to connect with people on a human level first, then spiritual level, then try to inspire change in them. That's what I think, anyway.
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Adrian Griffin
Posted over 1 year ago
How well do you think test/exam scores predict a person's future success with a particular subject?
I think that tests have gotten a bit too big for their britches, if you take my meaning. They're a good efficient way to see what students have learned, but it kind of ruins the purpose when you base the curriculum around the test, rather than the other way around. I think the best way to deal with the problem is to have regional and state conferences where the teachers themselves come up with a mass curriculum to base the tests around, and at the same time individualize actual teaching. When I was diagnosed with Aspergers, I know I got the full treatment. People would come in, make sure the subject made sense, making sure that I could understand what was going on in the classroom. As for the actual question being asked, nothing can really predict how successful someone will be in a subject, only time can tell, so we should stop treating tests like the be-all end-all of education.
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Adrian Griffin
Posted over 1 year ago
Is there anything truly original?
I personally believe that in the world of today, it has become nearly, if not completely, impossible, to come up with a completely original idea without root and without previous inspiration. Two things I have to say about four, which is the one that really interests me, is that it's possible, but it takes a special kind of crazy to do so. Another thing that I'd like to say is that true originality is wholly unnecessary. Most of the ideas that people come up with are stemming from a problem, whether it's an innovative technology or a neat story idea, and there's almost always a source. We want the rest of the world to interact with it, but the kind of originality that you're talking about comes from cutting off from the rest of the world, keeping it away from any inspiration whatsoever and it's even harder to make it original and not revolting at the same time. I may end up sounding like an ass for saying this, but it's being unoriginal that drives modern human ingenuity. And to answer the others, I believe scientific originality does share similarity to romantic originality in the sense that it's hard to have any use for it in its pure form, and the differences that they share derive from the origin and the intention. For number two, I think that we are trying our best to make sure that first proposal does well, but at the same time it's very much a matter of which is better. As for number one, I think if you take all the credit for a group effort, then you're worse than Gene Simmons. Burn!