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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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pastor_saturn
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
As kitteblue says, it's just a matter of different interests. There's even some overlap sometimes, with a sport or a hobby or even a TV show. I doubt the "theys" of this world feel cheated because they don't know enough about heraldry or coding or any of the other abstruse subjects the "we's" chat lightly about over breakfast. They might not even know the word "abstruse." And that's cool.

I don't feel sorry for them because it's not like they can't find out about this stuff. They're complacent, and in a way so am I. I feel endlessly spoiled that I found a group of like-minded folks to hang out with. We do have some astonishingly diverse interests, and if you're a dilettante like me it's wonderful to be able to learn a bit from a pal about a topic, then flit off and learn about other things from someone else.

Interesting to think about, isn't it? :)
fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the feeling spoiled. I have the coolest friends imaginable, and on that I will brook not dissent. NONE! Do you hear me!

Ahem. Sorry :)

But yeah. See my comment to Nikki below. I'm not really the freak-chauvinist I seem to have made myself out to be.
pastor_saturn
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I didn't think you were being a chauvinist. I've wondered, often, how the "theys" can possibly enjoy talking about golf (or whatever) all the time. But they do, and that's no skin off my nose so it's all good.

Also, you've begun a lively discussion on LJ and people seem to be enjoying the topic without getting pissy or arguing ad hominem. This is proof that your friends are cool!
fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's been some pissiness. Not from you of course, but there's been some. I've mostly kept it in private email. The price of this lively discussion has been a not-insignificant amount of stress for me. But I recognize that I'm too thin-skinned.

Anyway, I'm grateful for your kind words. I do try to be interesting. It does seem that being interesting inevitably leads to controversy. Ah, well.
pastor_saturn
Jun. 27th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, sorry to hear that. Hugs? :)
fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hugs are *always* appreciated.

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