I can’t even begin to explain how important this photo is to me. It is so powerful. Stop telling vulnerable, naive young people that they will be valued more if they have marks on their body. Stop making them feel like it’s alright to want to cut or burn or bruise your own flesh. Stop encouraging them to start self-harming in order to make themselves feel special or more important. Stop planting it in their minds, that posting pictures of their scars will solve their problems and has priority over seeking real life help. It isn’t fun, it isn’t okay, it isn’t cool. Think about how many teenagers probably started harming themselves because they joined Tumblr, read and internalised the posts that told them how interesting life would get if they had scars on their arms and legs.
So I tried to recreate this, because I knew the responses would be different, and consequently realized that it’s either extremely old or faked, as Cleverbot auto-capitalizes and auto-punctuates your sentences for you if you do not. Oh well.
In light of that fact, here’s my go at cybersexing Cleverbot.
Why the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger: The Chinese give a beautiful explanation to this. The thumb represents your parents. The index finger represents your siblings. The middle finger represents yourself. The ring finger represents your life partner. The little finger/pinky represents your children. Hold your hands together like the picture. Join your middle fingers back-to-back, and the remaining fingers tip-to-tip. Now, try to separate your thumbs. They will separate because your parents are not destined to live with you forever. Rejoin your thumbs and separate your index fingers. They will separate because your siblings will have their own families and lead their own lives. Rejoin your index fingers and separate your little fingers/pinkies. They will separate because your children will grow up, get married, and settle down. Rejoin your little fingers/pinkies and try to separate your ring finger. They will not be able to separate because your life partner is meant to be with you throughout your entire life, through thick and thin.
I tried harder to separate them and I only ended up hurting my middle fingers, in other words, “mysel-
…Oh my god.
OHH MY GODD… DO IT… DO IT NOW. OHHH MY GOD. I’M FREAKING OUT.