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Further adventures in why people suck // random - Lograh

Tuesday, 14.Jul.2009

17:49 - Further adventures in why people suck // random

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So I'm walking down the street on my way home when a lady turns the corner to be walking ahead of me. Being that my gait is faster than most, I am naturally gaining on her. As I get within a few meters of her, she switches her purse to her side farthest from me. After I pass, my route takes me across the street and I see that she has switched the purse back. The implication is clear, she feared I would take her purse.

What kind of a society is this where every encounter is assumed to be antagonistic? I don't know if it would be better or worse if she only acted that way toward males.

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From:raybrandle
Date:4:03 15.Jul.2009 (UTC)
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Try being the only male waiting for a kindergarten kid. Every male at a school that does not have a child in hand calling him "daddy" is obviously a molester waiting to drag their darlings into a van.

Bah.
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From:jimbo_the_gecko
Date:4:25 15.Jul.2009 (UTC)
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I second that experience. I've even heard mothers tell their little'uns (in hushed voices) not to "take anything that man [me] offers them" and that I am dangerous. Of course they look kind of shell-shocked when I walk in right behind them and my son runs up to give me a big hug. Note that I am not a particularly ominous guy or anything.
Society is kind of sad sometimes, but I guess things are more dangerous than they used to be.
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From:dotarvi
Date:5:16 15.Jul.2009 (UTC)
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I don't believe that things are more dangerous, I think we're just more afraid.
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From:lograh
Date:8:38 15.Jul.2009 (UTC)
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Exactly. Those in power stand to make great profits from using fear as a tool to heard the masses. I don't think things are at all more dangerous. I'd in fact go so far as to say we are safer now than ever before. This however could just be my delusional rebelling against the media messages telling me otherwise.
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From:jimbo_the_gecko
Date:16:33 15.Jul.2009 (UTC)
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I don't believe there are any more "threats" per capita than before, and I agree there are probably less. But I also believe the the dangers themselves are more detrimental than before. I do not thing this is entirely because of the nature of each danger in particular, but rather a more vague perception by today's children about what constitutes the threat in the first place.
Kids are not as encouraged to be independent these days as they were even 20 years ago. I have read many stories about CPS taking the kids away because their parents left them home alone at the tender age of 8 because said parents had to work. I don't think that many of today's children fully grasp the concept of consequences as they relate to actions either. I mean how many times in recent years have you seen a kid get his ass swatted in a grocery store for acting up? Heck an atrocity like that is likely to involve CPS (again).
At preschool, when my son does something wrong he has to take a time out in the book area where he can read and look at pictures until the teacher decides it has been long enough. I don't believe this to be an effective tool since it in no way relates to the fact that he threw a toy or pushed somebody. Heck, it's almost a reward. Fortunately it doesn't work like that at home.

I think I ran off on a tangent. That's what I get for being undercaffienated and also working on a project at the same time. I guess my point is that I think the dangers of today are more severe than they used to be, but I also agree that modern media blows everything way out of proportion. BATHTUBS WILL KILL YOUR CHILD!!!!OMG!!!
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From:raybrandle
Date:20:18 15.Jul.2009 (UTC)
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I half agree with you... I think that overall, things are not as bad as most folks want to believe.

That being said, we have also removed the idea of Personal Responsibility from society (at least in larger population centers). This leads to those that might have been prone to abberent behavior in the past that woul have kept it in check due to societal conditioning being more likely to lash out.

imo.

(off for some mocha, I think, so I can try to express myself in a sensible way next time)
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