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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.


Jun. 27th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Don't be sad, Miss Wolf. I don't think that any of the people that kow you well really think that you're an intolerant elitist monster (that's my job). As the old saying goes, "We're not fighting. We're just discussing things in a very assertive way."

That being said, I think there is a lot of confusion in how people view the terms "freak" and "normal". Being a freak isn't all about the music (although many have weird tastes in music - possibly including showtunes or medieval polyphony) or what color your hair is (or even liking science fiction). Personally, I consider anyone a freak that is really into one or more non-mainstream activities/interests - or, ideally, more than one. By that standard "theater people" are freaks - so there! And as to "normal people", I slap that label on anyone who gets their opinions/interests from TV, spends too much time caring "what the neighbors think", and is rigid in viewing gender/racial roles. If I had a dime every time I had a co-worker use a Seinfeld/Friends episode to describe a person/situation/difficult concept, carried on a lengthy and emotional conversation about some character in a reality show as if they actually knew them, divided almost all activities by gender (i.e. guy stuff vs. girl stuff), acted totally baffled (and at the same time very judgmental - if often oh so quiet) about other cultures/sexual orientations/races, and casually mentioned that they hung out exclusively with one gender (with the exception of their s/o), I'd have a big enough sack of dimes to deliver a fatal beating to them.
Jun. 28th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear. Your kind words are very much appreciated.

You also paint a *marvellously* vivid picture of "normal people" as I see them. They are easier to exemplify than define, I guess. That's exactly what I'm talking about right there. The life defined by Seinfeld, and that's almost a best-case scenario. Often, you're talking about American Idol. And the sex-segregated worldview is an important point as well. It's so horribly ubiquitous. I'm sick to death of those "10 reasons why wo/men are useless" emails. That's supposed to be an immediate ice-breaker for new coworkers. As a woman, I will naturally feel comfortable standing around the water-cooler, defaming the opposite sex.


OK, before I make myself feel worse, I will wish you a wonderful FD@KD! Hugs to all who will be present.
Jun. 29th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks. We had a great but sticky time. See you Friday!



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