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As it Turns out, Normal People *are* Boring

ETA: Please note the following before replying: the numerous question marks, indicating uncertainty and introspection; the part about not calling people mundanes; the part where I specifically acknowledge that I am not the arbiter of what is interesting. Thank you.

I just signed into a public PC, and the previous user must have been pretty lax about personal security, because he had taken no measures to sign out of gmail. Of course, I hastily signed him out (and, no, I did not violate his privacy further by clicking on any messages) but not before happening to see something like 80 subject lines, as well as the two or three labels he had for categorizing his mail.

Holy crap, normal people are boring. I really do try to give them the benefit of the doubt. I try never to use the word mundane as a noun anymore, and when I talk to them at work, I try to imagine that the topics they bring up are only that dull because they keep the good stuff to themselves (as I usually do). But... they don't make it easy to defend them. All they seem to care about is sports. Maybe shopping or cars. It's kind of depressing. At least to me.

I wonder if folks who live entirely within the norm don't worry much about privacy because there is nothing in their personal lives anyone could take issue with? It that a blessing for them, maybe?

I will continue to try to assume that, if I were an unethical sort of person who was willing to delve into that fellow's messages, I would have discovered that he really was a fascinating individual. I suppose I am not the arbiter of what is innately interesting. But, really. Jebus.

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fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
See, I knew you were going to post something precisely like this.
vicar
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Well I'm pretty dull and predictable. Sorry?

I'm too tempted to agree, I just don't feel that confident as I've aged and experienced. Is sex interesting? I find it fascinating and fun to talk about, but honestly it's just biology, social tension, and schlupp schlupp schlupp. Were it not for tension it would be dull - drinking alone in the dark will get you high, but is it "partying?"

I don't mean to be a dick or anything - rather I think I'm more likely to be obnoxious and feel like I belong to some special class of people. On a good day, yelled at by good friends like you, I try to see the other side and remain open and non-judgmental of others. It takes a fuckload of work when my innate tendency is to judge, but on reflection it's hard to really do if you stay honest and objective.

Sex, sports, both predictable physical exchanges?

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