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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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ashbet
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Hmmm -- but I don't post about music OR sex very often, yet I still have stuff to say ;)

I think that freaks as a whole may have a wider range of interests and more of a desire to keep learning throughout life (I know people who have all kinds of mad-science hobbies or who pursue continuing education on subjects entirely unrelated to money-producing activities), although it might be that I just don't hang out with the boooring freaks who talk about nothing but music and sex -- it's kind of a self-selecting thing ^_^

-- A <3
redsteve
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
I agree. If you track the conversations that ramble through some parties, you get an idea of what a frightening range of subjects we're interested in. If I remember, I'll try to jot down some subject notes on 7/4.
fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! I'd be really grateful for that. I can't count the times I've thought (or said aloud) "how delightfully unlikely that we're talking about this!"
redsteve
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Or "We were just talking about X. How the hell did we end up talking about Z with no break in the conversation"
fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Precisely. Sure, I think sex and music are interesting, but that's far from my only refrain. Or yours. Our interest lists tend to be long and extremely varied. I do not imagine that makes us superior human beings, but I think I can say with impunity that it makes us more interesting to talk to at parties :)

You make my point better than I did. Thanks!
nixieq
Jun. 27th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I think that freaks as a whole may have a wider range of interests and more of a desire to keep learning throughout life (I know people who have all kinds of mad-science hobbies or who pursue continuing education on subjects entirely unrelated to money-producing activities)

you just pretty much took the words out of my mouth.

so it's pretty common knowledge (i think) that most people think they're smarter than average. which, as we all know, is scientifically impossible. the majority of people cannot be anything-er than average, b/c that's what "averagee" means. most of the people in "our" crowd (i'm basically including a good chunk of the far-flung DC scene as example fodder here) are, in fact, smarter than average. (and many have the IQ test scores, or SAT scores, or debating skills, or libraries, or what-have-you, to prove it).

and most of them/us have been brought up to see learning as a desirable thing, or have discovered it through our own compulsion to understand the world around us. so we pursue knowledge, when we think of something unusual we find out about it, we educate ourselves about whatever strikes our fancy.

most people don't do that. many of them have no idea HOW to go about doing that, and many of those that do just don't care enough to do so. and i've repeatedly encountered this attitude, and it shocks me every time.

so there's my sweeping generalization for the day. smarter and more seeking of education (FSV of education) than the average bear? that's us. the two don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, but they certainly encourage each other.

Edited at 2008-06-27 04:16 pm (UTC)
fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
This is very insightful. I probably should have said something like "the average person seems to have a fairly limited range of interests, and smarter people are more interesting to talk to." You've articulated some of what I wish I had said in the first place.

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