Friday, November 27, 2009

World Views Based on Personal Pet Peeves

The day after Thanksgiving seems like a perfect day to complain. I was going to publish this on the actual Thanksgiving holiday but I decided it would be kind of in bad form.

I am one of those people who has a lot of pet peeves. Most of my list of top pet peeves center on how people judge one another way too harshly. There are just way, way too many stigmas about people, and of course all kinds of prejudices. It never ends.

Things that Bother Me

1. People who feel sorry for people who take the bus. No offense
to anyone who has felt sorry for an individual who has had to take the bus, I am
just simply stating that it is annoying.

Most people do not realize that I for one hung around a bunch of tree-hugging hippies in my younger days. Thus, the thought of taking alternative transportation is not scary at all to me.

So, I don't know why people feel the need to consider me a person who is not independent just because I take the bus.

Besides...I don't know if people realize this, but some people actually take the bus by choice!

(I would take trains too but Green Bay of course doesn't have L's or T's or Subways, Lubes, Tubes, or Metros, or whatever you want to call them. Incidentally, this is a tangent but I would go as far as to say I prefer the trains over buses, but I still don't mind the bus that much.)

Anyway...on to Pet Peeve #2...

2. People looking down on people who do not make a lot of money. These people are no less valuable than anyone else. They just happen to make less money, even though they may work the same number of hours as someone else.

Besides, not everyone has the same standard of living. Some people are actually content with less money and less material things than other people. What most Americans consider "needs" are really just "wants."

3. Men who look down on women who are not virgins but they themselves are no angels. I don't have much else to say about this. I mean, yes in a perfect worlds all single people would be virgins, but the reality is that most people are not.

4. People who go through major positive changes but forget from where they came. This is a huge mistake because they are often susceptible to a great fall. That has happened to me at times in my life. So, even if my life continues to get better I am not going to forget where I came from and neither should anyone else.

5. People who take their kids for granted. Now, when I say this I am not referring to most people I know. In spite of all the jokes I hear about people wanting to kid rid of their children I know that most of the people I know love their kids.

I always am happy when parents really love their children, but of course there are some people who do not even care about them. This breaks my heart.

6. Parents who judge people who have never had kids. There seems to be this stigma that people who never had kids could not possibly be as good as taking care of them as those who have them already. I have mixed feelings about this philosophy. Maybe its from personal experience of being judged by one person I dated way to harshly-in ways I did not at all deserve.

I guess my problem mostly lies in the fact that there are people who never planned to have kids in the first place who judge those who love kids. These same people who never originally wanted kids like to look down on those who don't and say that they are somehow incapable-as if...That is I guess what bothers me the most.

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