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?