Once upon a time there was a world, in which lived cubes and spheres. There were many, many more cubes than there were spheres, so the spheres were ridiculed for being weird and different. The spheres had to stick together to stay strong, but even then, the hurtful words and actions caused by the cubes continued to discriminate them.
It gets worse, too. A very small portion of the spheres consistently caused uproar and dismay in the world, and were an embarrassment to the entire sphere population. This group of spheres didn't care they were embarrassing the rest of the sphere population, they just wanted to cause a scene and have fun.
The cubes mostly talked to other cubes during they daily lives, and rarely would they ever come upon a sphere. This was mainly due to the fact that the spheres can appear as cubes, and only present themselves as spheres to their peers if they wish. Once they show they are truly a sphere though, they cannot go back to pretending to be a cube.
On the rare occasion that a cube would see a sphere, they would associate the sphere with the spheres that caused trouble and ruckus around the world, despite this specific sphere being just as normal as the cube's own self. This lead to even larger discrimination of spheres around the world.
In this world, there was a sphere named Johnny. However, Johnny was a special sphere. Johnny lived his entire life thinking he was a cube. His parents were cubes. His friends were cubes. His teachers and siblings and everyone he knew was a cube, so he had good reason to believe he was also a cube. He presented himself to these people as a cube, and would never even think twice that he was a sphere, despite the fact that he was.
One day Johnny met a sphere. At first he was shocked at even meeting a sphere--they were so rare to come by, but then he remembered what spheres had caused in the world. Johnny discriminated against the sphere, and would not be friends with him, even though he hadn't even met him.
Later, one of Johnny's friends, who had been presenting himself as a cube his entire life, told Johnny that he was actually a sphere. Johnny didn't want to make the sphere feel bad, since he was
his friend, so he said that "it's cool", even though Johnny was judging him on the inside. Johnny never hung out with the sphere again.
When Johnny was in his teens, a miracle happened. A fairy godmother came down from the sky and told Johnny that he was actually a sphere. Johnny didn't believe this, because he knew he was normal and just the same as everyone he knew, but the fairy godmother insisted. It took the fairy godmother an entire night to convince Johnny he was a sphere, but in the end she did, and in the morning Johnny knew that he was a sphere. However, Johnny didn't want to tell anyone he was a sphere, because he had firsthand experience of the discrimination that spheres had, and he knew what cubes thought of spheres. He knew exactly
what cubes thought of spheres, and he couldn't believe that he had once thought spheres were like that.
However, Johnny had an urgent desire to tell people of his true self, but he knew no one would treat him the same if he told anyone about this. He continued to pretend to hate on spheres at school with his friends, and if any of his friends started teasing by asking if anyone at their lunch table was actually a sphere, he would play along and try to hide his embarrassment.
A similar thing that happened to the main character in this story happened to me just last week, and it has had me crushed and in total shock ever since it happened. I needed to tell someone, but I didn't know who to tell or how to tell them. I think that this short story is a good choice of portraying my feelings. This doesn't have anything to do with gender, race, or sexuality, but there is a very small minority group that I didn't understand, and discriminated against them because I was looking at the stereotype, not the individual people. Now I realize that I'm a part of that group and I understand it much better, and I also understand why people who don't understand discriminate against us, seeing as I used to be one of those people. I'm still a little shocked by it, but it's been getting better. I hope you enjoyed the story! Take care and happy hunting! UHH week 2 recap coming tomorrow