I was recently told that I am a condescending, superior, patronizing, son of a bitch;
(1) because of a comment I made, and,
(2) because I work in the legal industry.
Furthermore, I’m not a team player. End quote.
Since most of the Prattle faithful doesn’t know me on a personal level, I can see how it would be difficult to agree or disagree as to one or the other. Doesn’t matter tho, because that’s not what I’m pondering.
Whether I am or am not is not something that keeps me awake at night. It is merely one person’s opinion. And just like the external opening of the rectum, everyone has one.
While I don’t take to heart such pejoratives, it has given me reason to pause & consider the motivations behind it. Mostly, I’m bewildered because anyone with more than two functioning brain cells is capable of behaving in such a manner under the appropriate circumstances. Legal industry employment notwithstanding, all it takes is the right combination of opposing opinion & self-righteous indignation.
Why is it that certain individuals in society become personally offended by generalities? For example, if I were to say that the Human Resources profession was utterly worthless, and, every HR employee I’ve ever known sat around eating bon-bons & filing her nails, how inclined would you be to take such a completely generic statement on a personal level simply because you know or are related to someone who makes a living in that field?
Granted, it’s a slam, but so what. Aren’t there more pressing matters in your life to expend your energy upon rather than vicarious anger at a flip comment? Since when did Facebook become your life?
It’s one thing to become offended because you or your own profession has been dissed, or if someone close to you was specifically named & insulted, but to become incensed simply because your friend or family member works in HR? Pardon me for being a condescending, superior, patronizing, non-team playing, son of a bitch, but, there are about a thousand other issues I’d have a problem with first before I bothered to attempt to own someone else’s anger.
Case in point: The legal profession is constantly dissed by pretty much everyone. Rarely do I ever meet anyone who has not utilized the services of an attorney with a high opinion of legal. Attorneys are always self-serving assholes unless and until they’re needed to get off the hook clients who commit assorted acts of dumbassery. Indeed, I submit that the legal profession exists in the first place simply because human stupidity is infinite. If the average person actually read a contract or bothered to understand what they were getting themselves into before they acted, this would effectively remove the employment from a good portion of the state bar certified bunch.
But just as I don’t sweat scorn that is specific to me, I also don’t waste my time becoming angry over generic opinions expressed by the ignorant & proud of it people. I just don’t see the point. How exactly, will my becoming angry help and/or protect the person who was insulted? And for that matter, how will becoming blistered about being abased directly help and/or protect me?
Bottom line: It won’t. The annoyance is all predominantly ego driven, and, round & round we go. I’m dreadfully sorry to hijack the squall from your spinnaker, but I just have better things with which to occupy my mind. And If I’m going to allow my ass to become chapped that acutely, then any energy I exert will go towards a constructive end result. Getting mad enough to open fire on the perp with insults & disparaging commentary in a frenzied attempt to stroke my self-admiration ain’t it.
What’s your opinion?
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