This week's topic:
What faction are you?
For those of you who have no idea what the heck this even means, I urge you to pick up Divergent by Veronica Roth and find out. Like, yesterday. You won't be disappointed. And then move right on to Insurgent. The best part? You won't have to wait forever for the sequel like the rest of us had to.
Anyway, back to the question. There's no easy answer for this. I think when it all boils down, we're all a bunch of Divergents. To be completely one faction seems absurdly unrealistic (this is not a slam on the books, it's just reality as we know it, which is perhaps the point Roth is trying to make???).
I'd love to say that I'm Dauntless. I love so much about that faction—the dark clothing, the tattoos, the bravery—but I'd hardly call myself brave. Quite the contrary, actually: I'm the world's biggest chicken. The thought of jumping onto a moving train gives me palpitations and makes my knees go all rubbery. Instead of calling me 'Four', I'd end up as 'Four Hundred' or something equally terrible.
Nope, this would probably be my aptitude test result:
I feel like calling myself Erudite "The Intelligent" seems a little arrogant, but it's more because I'm on the nerdy side and love learning WAY too much (*snort* as if there's such a thing as 'too much' with learning). This would be the greatest fraction of my faction equation, followed by a handful of Amity, and a dash of Abnegation. Amity because I prefer to keep the peace in my everyday life, and Abnegation because I like to make others happy—I'm a bit of a people-pleaser. Just call me Doormat.
But Candor? Ha! Tell people what I really think and feel? But that would mean rocking the boat and potentially making people unhappy with me! I can't do that! You get the idea. Pathetic, right?
As for choosing the faction that I plan to call home, I'd kind of be thrilled to move into Erudite headquarters just so I can permanently plant my nose in a book (in a perfect Erudite scenario, not the actual turn of events in the novels). Taking up residence with either of the other two factions in my equation would make me want to jump off the Hancock building without a zip-line. Just brutal.
What would your faction equation look like, and which faction would you choose?