Originally posted by DeReK DaRkLy
reply to post by Merriman Weir
What is 'Indigo' in your mind? Psychic X-men children who make things levitate?
Perhaps you are thinking purely in sci-fi terms??
I thought I replied to this last night; it seems that my post didn't 'post' for some reason. Interfering indigos, possibly. Anyway...
I'm not framing the discussion here. I'm relating the claims that other people have made. And yes, some of the claims have been laughably sci-fi.
There's a 'be wary of our power!' threat on this thread already.
Descriptions of indigo children include:
-the belief that they are empathetic, curious, strong-willed, independent, and often perceived by friends and family as being strange;
These descriptions are vague and inclusive to the point of being pointless. They key here is the 'belief' part because all these points are, luckily
for indigos, hard to quantify in real terms.
I've seen claims of empathy bordering on near telepathy or some weird 'I, like, can really, really feel your pain totally' proffering. Both are
dubious to say the least and are more easily explained by the 'sensitivity' than many teenagers display due to the emotional rawness that many feel
due to various emotional, physical changes they are experiencing. Being strong-willed and independent are typical to the point of being normal. The
vast majority of teenagers want to prove their independent as it asserts their place in the world, rocks the relationship structure with parents and
so on. If a teenager consciously acts strange, then it's hardly surprising that people will interpret them as being strange: especially if they keep
telling people on the internet that they're on a cosmic spiritual mission where they've come to save the world.
-possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose;
Self-definition and purpose is crucial to human psychological development and some people experience this differently than others with it sometimes
being arrested at points where otherwise they move on psychologically. It's important for us as the world can be an overwhelming place and it's easy
to feel some existential angst if you don't feel you have a role or reason for being here. Many find that purpose in their families (the genetic drive
to reproduce) or their work, particularly if that work has an altruistic dimension to it. Many young people find that purpose or role within gangs or
subcultures. Sometimes people like that purpose and it can cause breakdowns, mid-life crises and so on. Sometimes it's easier to make a purpose up and
live a delusion than confront the fact that you still haven't found your place in the world at the time you subconsciously most need it.
exhibit a strong innate sub-conscious spirituality from early childhood (which, however, does not necessarily imply a direct interest in
spiritual or religious areas);
This is really woolly and meaningless. This is open to a whole range of interpretations: a child who is very 'caring and sharing', which many kids
are, to 'acts like messenger from benign alien race' and everything in between, especially if it's lacking a religious framework.
-a strong feeling of entitlement, or "deserving to be here."
A lot of teenagers display this and would happily punch you in the face for thinking they were indigo children. In a lot of cases, I dare say it's a
by-product of being spoiled in a 'me me me' consumerist culture (propped up by relative prosperity in the west) and a culture where respect seems a
one-way scenario. Many teenagers are adept at demanding respect but not so good at giving it to others.
Other alleged traits include:
-a high intelligence quotient, an inherent intuitive ability;
-and resistance to rigid, control-based paradigms of authority.
A lot of teenagers are resistant to being told what to do by parents, teachers, religious figures. It's a natural part of human development with
testing the barriers of assertion and the finding their place in life. It's an ongoing 'creating a pecking order' of sorts.
These types of people have appeared in spades over the last several decades!
Many of these traits have been around for a lot longer and aren't related to or are specific to indigo status at all.
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