[FoRK] social alienation...
Stephen D. Williams
Fri Sep 23 19:45:32 PDT 2005
I grew up with quite enough of the real world, however I always stay
observant of people, subcultures, subsubcultures, professions,
personalities, etc. I always go off the beaten path when traveling,
always wanting to find out what it's like for natives of the area.
I tend to be able to talk to anyone, get into their head and situation a
little, and can converse with them as long as I want. I do however,
grow bored quickly.
With someone very intelligent / knowledgable / curious, I can never stop
talking and simply have to abandon the conversation when it has spilled
over all bounds. With those that are less mentally enthusiastic about
life (low MEAL index ;-) ), I fall silent as I cross off more and more
avenues to explore.
I think MEAL is a good concept, it's really a combination of raw
intelligence + drive + creativity + historical effort (and a little
luck) that puts people in the gifted and interesting category.
Daniel Grisinger wrote:
> oddly, i find that i don't particularly enjoy hanging out with
> technical types outside of my normal work day. a few of my friends
> are coders, dbas, sysadmins, electrical engineers, etc., but most are
> truck drivers, mechanics, or technical types at music venues (sound
> guys, roadies, etc.).
> i like this because it seems far too easy to me for highly-educated,
> highly-skilled people to lose sight of what life is like for the
> majority of the population. most of us aren't as lucky as luis and
> others around FoRK to love their work enough to focus on it for more
> than 8 hours per day, and i like the reminder that most people only
> view work as a means to finance the things that really matter to them.
> Corinna wrote:
>> oohhh, a heavy topic....
>> Just curious, what kind (and how many) of people do you hang out with?
>> Do you feel out of place when you're with, ahhh, shall we say, less
>> intelligent people? (Not stupid or dumb, just normal people with normal
>> What do you talk about, or what do you do, when you hang out?
>> What do you talk about with casual strangers (like in the checkout
>> line) -- or maybe you *don't* talk with casual strangers...?
>> In jobs I've had when I've had to deal with the general public, I
>> feel very
>> strongly how "different" (in an undefined, subtle kind of way) I am.
>> among "bright" people I feel this, though it's less.
>> Now, this is not to say that I *can't* deal with the general public... I
>> think I'm reasonably well-socialized :-) It's just that I don't
>> prefer it.
>> (I'm not expressing this well, because it's not generally kosher to talk
>> about such things, so I don't ever really verbalize these kind of
>> I'm hoping you will recognize what I'm referring to, though.)
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