Q is for Quicksand

| April 3, 2014
1.As a child, one of the most terrifying natural phenomena I knew of was quicksand. Movies and TV shows depicted quicksand as this menace that could exist anywhere and suck you under to a slow and horrifying fate. For most of my childhood, my brother and I stayed on the lookout for quicksand.
2. Quicksand is part of the imaginative landscape because of its slow and deliberate brutality. No one wants to die by sinking into quicksand.
3. This attraction to quicksand outweighs the actual occurrence of quicksand deaths. Most people can probably recall a movie or show where quicksand was an element but I haven’t met anyone who has actually experienced or seen quicksand.
4. The same disjunction between media prevalence and reality can be seen in gun violence, love stories, and geniuses. All of these items hold dramatic attraction even though we might never come into contact with them in reality.
5. Fantasy texts are playing in the same field.
6. Our attraction to these things, however impossible or unlikely, is rooted in our apparent desire to experience or understand things that exist outside of our own experience. By engaging with these things that are both foreign and familiar to ourselves we might be able to understand the world better, see it in a new light.
7. The field of education might have a lot to learn from quicksand. If learning consists of being attracted or interested in things that have no immediate apparent value or gratification, then it also resides in the same field as quicksand mythology. How do we create education that is both foreign (new and exciting) and familiar (applicable to the lives of learners)?
8. I am still wary of quicksand.