About this episode
In this episode, Ro and Martha talk about a disheartening phenomenon that can happen when you bring your truest truth into the world. Instead of positive or negative feedback, some people just won’t get you. This non-response is weirdly hard, but we can still come to our senses. Also covered in this fun-filled ep: Martha’s love-hate relationship with Siri, and for the first time Ro and Martha answer questions from bewildered listeners!
What’s the best analogy for what happens when you put your truth out into the world and no one really gets it? Why, robot cowboys, of course!
In this episode of Bewildered, Ro and Martha talk about the kind of feedback that you sometimes get when you put your out-of-culture truth into the world. Not positive feedback. Not negative feedback. But just a kind of blank response that shows you that “it doesn’t look like anything” to others.
They lifted the phrase “It doesn’t look like anything to me” from the TV show Westworld. It’s what the lifelike robots who populate the California gold rush theme park say when confronted with evidence of the modern world. A photo of a modern city? Someone telling them flat-out they’re just machines? They respond, “It doesn’t look like anything to me.” It’s outside their programming.
The same thing happens when people bound by the culture’s parameters encounter something that is truly outside of culture. Martha and Ro talk through how to deal with this feedback.
Also covered in this fun-filled ep: Martha’s love-hate relationship with Siri, Ro’s anxious wait to hear back from literary agents. And for the first time Ro and Martha answer questions from our bewildered listeners: the perils of dating beyond culture and the conundrum of asking for money for our art.