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Familiarity Breeds My Contempt
Feb 27, 2015 - 4:59 PM - by livius drusus
When did people start acting so damn pally with strangers/co-workers/customers/patients/students/whatever? Maybe it's the pecularities of my upbringing, but I'm not in any way pleased when people with whom I have no personal relationship presume to engage with me as if we were friends.

It's not about courtesy or warmth, because I'm all for them in any interaction. I'm talking about a casual informality that is, in my opinion, inimical to professionalism and random people acting as if there's an emotional rapport between us that we have no actual history to justify.

Okay examples. I'll start with an easy one I see all the time on TV, primarily in reality competition shows like So You Think You Can Dance. Judges telling contestants "I'm so proud of you." That's so fucking patronizing. Just who do they think are? They're not these people's parents or teachers or mentors. They have no right to be "proud" of their accomplishments as if they had an actual hand in them just because they gave them a few 30-second critiques on TV.

Now for an egregiously horrible one. A very good friend had a miscarriage recently. She had a long history of infertility treatments and in vitro and whatnot and this was the only time she had ever gotten pregnant. She had been told the fetus no longer had a heartbeat and waited out the miscarriage which came two weeks later and was brutal. Finally the pain was so intense she had to go to the ER. The intake nurse had to ask her questions before she could get treated and this is how she opened: "So I guess this isn't your first rodeo, huh?"

Exfuckingcuse me? How dare you leap to a conclusion based on my friend's age and phrase it in such a disgustingly flippant manner? Just ask the damn question as it's written on the form (presumably "is this your first pregnancy/miscarriage") and keep your presumptuous bullshit to yourself.

I thought it might be a southern thing and it's... [Read More]
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I just hate work
Feb 26, 2015 - 10:40 PM - by Divergence
I just hate the fact that we have to work so bloody hard in this society to make ends meet.

I hate it so much that for now, I'd rather be unemployed and live with my father than financially independent.

Of course eventually I need to find a source of income, whether it's disability or welfare income, or job income, it's just very difficult for me, I've got a lot barriers.

I've had various menial jobs over the last 10 years, but it seems like I'm getting more sick of work as I go on, not less.

The last job I had was at the bottom of the barrel, the absolute lowest of the low, in terms of dignity, but at least it was asocial and fairly easy, but that's no longer an option for me anymore, really, unfortunately.

I have a lot of barriers besides performance anxiety, I'm indolent, unambitious and unmotivated when it comes to money, material things and even hedonistic pursuits, and I loathe the pace at which society moves, and how it not only demands you to do a satisfactory job, but to do it with a smile on your face, and to do it fast.

Everything's rush rush rush, with these people, makes me sick.

I've always been this way, always, since I was a boy.

I don't just blame myself, i'm full of anger and hostility for society, why can't these people just slow the frig down, why do they have to drink so much coffee, and sacrifice so much of their health/leisure for their job, it makes my blood boil?

Why must we compete so much with one another, we should be cooperating, why is the game of life rigged to frig the little guy in butt?

Oh, sometimes I have anti-establishment feelings and thoughts, I've done some criminal things in the past too, all because i loathe work.

My parents were too soft on me, they coddled me, did not prepare me for the work force, but i can't blame it all on them, i didn't prepare myself either, too busy procrastinating, playing video... [Read More]
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