yeah--i always sit there saying nothing now--just nodding and making the stupid comments just like the srticle said. and i mean, it makes me look like a total anti-social moron. i LOVE to chat people up on a wide range of topics--however the topics i would choose are so far removed from what they all would choose, so i cannot bring up topics of discussion. when they bring up stuff, i cannot comment because of my views, for if i do i know i will either be attacked or get the whole balnk stare routine!! AARGH so maddening. and i largely avoid interaction for these reasons--totally sucks. i am going to spend a weekend with three of my girlfriends from high school in a month. i love them and all but i live and think so differently form them all and i wonder just how many things will come up that i cannot comment on. just taints it all ya know?
I can also relate to that story. My family is pretty open minded, but I definitely have to contain myself around them...even moreso around co-workers and old friends. Smedley, I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes you just don't want to socialize anymore, because you feel like you just can't be yourself w/o someone thinking you are some extremist. And even if they aren't thinking that, most of the time they still don't understand your points of view. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
HAHAHA. I read this one already and just about lost it. I love the Onion in general, but that article takes the cake.<br><br><br><br>
I haven't yet learned though. I give a lot of my opinions still. My progressive cousins still living in West Virginia commisserated with me over that one.<br><br>
I thought the same thing. It really depends on who I am with, and I generally avoid anti-intellectual people in general.<br><br><br><br>
But for example, lots of people have made rude comments to my parents about paying for me to an expensive private college, sort of implying, isn't "Cleveland State, Ohio State, etc. good enough for her?"<br><br><br><br>
My family and the neighborhood where I grew up is working class, but my mom is very well self-educated and had educated parents. And both my parents wanted to send me to as nice a place as possible, and busted their butts to pay for it. But I am the only one of our existing relatives right now with a college degree, and I get the feeling that some of my extended family by marriage have some negative feelings about that (I've heard some gossip). (i.e. "she went to such and such school, I bet she thinks she's better than us now")<br><br><br><br>
So although many of my relatives and friends can talk about anything, there are certain people I have to be careful around as not to arouse their ire. Seems so silly.<br><br><br><br>
It's a part of class mobility that no one warns you about. WHen you come from a certain background and then go to a school with all upper and upper middleclass kids, become more culturally literate, and learn about new foods and tastes (I had never heard of couscous, basmati rice or balsamic vinegar, to name a few things!), it creates differences between you and your family, and friends who got different kinds of exposures. I have a high school reunion soon, and it will just be weird. Many kids at my HS didn't even go to college.
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