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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Reason #15

OK, so I got one of the stupid forwards recently; "101 Reasons You Know You're From Boston." Not all of them necessarily ring true, but this one did....

"Anyone you don't know is a potential idiot until proven otherwise."

I laughed, and then stopped. I considered for a moment, and then realized that it was, in the immortal words of Homer Simpson, "funny 'cause it's true." I do that. Awful, though it is, I do it. I'm always pleasantly surprised to discover smart, funny, interesting people, because while I like the folks I like (and they are many and varied), I'm not such a huge fan of people in general. Is this "Bostonian?"

I don't rightly know.

I don't exactly know where this trait came from, either. Is it in my family, and I don't see it because I'm one of them? Did I develop it as a defense, growing up as an oddity (free-spirited and awkward) in an often narrow-minded small town? Did the realization that there were other people in the world who saw things similarly (ie, that I was not, in fact, alone in my awkwardness), a realization to which it took many painful growing-up years to come, engender this automatic mistrust of the people around me - idiotic until proven otherwise?

I'm not sure I'm happy with this realization, but I am, in most ways, very happy with the me that I am, so I think that I will not lose sleep over this newly discovered negative. After all, it's hardly my only unattractive quality... (ah, self-deprecating humor...)

I guess in the end, I'm left with the fact that meeting someone who interests me still has the power to make me genuinely happy. And that's got to be good.

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Blogger dasein668 said...

So how can you give me a hard time when I say things like "People are a waste of natural resources—like air."???

Welcome to the fold!

Individuals, I like, but I sure hates me some people!

1/17/07, 10:02 AM  
Blogger phoebe said...

"People are stupid." is the saying I tend to fall back on when faced with human beings who should find themselves another planet (and yes, usually it's the human beings I haven't bothered to go to know who fall into this category).

I think you're not as alone in your "newly discovered negative" as you might think, MOMP...

:-)

1/17/07, 1:16 PM  

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