First to fall over when the atmosphere is less than perfect. Your sensibilities are shaken by the slightest defect.

I really liked Marianne’s post Where’s my imaginary twin?. The idea that some people can only handle society if every person mirrors their beliefs has been running through my mind a bit and I noticed the below in an article about how stupid people look wearing Google glasses:

Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has developed a brilliantly concise definition of an asshole: “A person who demands that all social interaction happen on their terms.”

I agree, partially. I think that this perfectly describes a distinct subset of people who may be a particular type of asshole. But the definition doesn’t adequately define the larger term. I’m going to pre-but the inevitable “But Mike, you’re an asshole” tu quoque argument and admit that I’m an asshole and that there are many other subsets of assholes that describe me well. I don’t think the above definition applies to me (your mileage may vary–as always).

I’m fascinated with the “why?” aspect of this. Is it truly better to live in a homogenized world? I lean toward no because I see a lot of value from considering opinions and beliefs that differ from mine. I also do not get trying to force people to believe a certain way. Anyone want to take a crack at why it is a good thing?

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6 thoughts on “First to fall over when the atmosphere is less than perfect. Your sensibilities are shaken by the slightest defect.

  1. It’s better if everyone agrees with me if we’re talking about dinner choices.

    • Heh. Your comment made me think of Spaulding and Judge Smails on Caddyshack.

      “I want a hamburger, no a cheeseburger. I want a hotdog. I want a milkshake. I want potato chips…”


  2. That makes me think of the 5 Guys burger I had yesterday. MMMM… Not quite as good as In-N-Out tho

  3. My wife says she likes 5 Guys better. Their fries are good. I just don’t like their buns as much.

  4. Pingback: Ad Hominem. You think you’re better than I am. | ranchandsyrup

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