nightsinge made this request…btw…she’s very cool. 🙂

I love that you’re so positive and spiritual. That causes me to want to hear about: something entire mundane, something that totally annoys you (even–especially if you’re working to overcome it) or one of your human foibles.

I am glad I come across as being a positive person. I have however, been accused of being a Pollyanna type because of it. And to that I say…F U! You…have obviously…been shut out from the real me. heh

I will first make a non exhaustive list of the things that I am most intolerant of/annoyed by:

ignorant and uninformed people
racism and blind prejudice
terminally judgmental people
manipulative people
disingenuous people
people who use their looks to manipulate others
And the most superficial….fake blonds who used to be beautiful brunettes & curly haired women who ALWAYS straighten their hair

Ok. I’ll elaborate on the one that I think I need to work on.

I am quite intolerant of people who are ignorant and uninformed about things I am informed about. I tend to expect others to share the same knowledge I share. Then, when it becomes clear that people are way on another page and or dumbfounded over what I am talking about, I get annoyed.

I am not talking about thinking people are dumb or not as smart as me. I am talking about the assumption that intelligent people are informed about political issues outside mainstream media, racial and social issues, current events, technology, etc.

I am working on this issue. If I never said anything about it no one would know. Although people who are close to me have told me they feel I have talked down to them at times. I don’t feel superior nor do I mean to belittle anyone. I just have certain expectations of common knowledge. I do know that my assumptions about what people should “just know” cause me to get annoyed and that I need to stay open minded as I am in most other aspects of my life.

I just get frustrated when people don’t get “it”.

I, like most, gravitate towards those who are like minded and share similar common knowledge. In fat, many of my friends and I read each other’s minds often. I think that adds to my frustration when some acquaintance is clueless. However, I am often told how patient I am…so my efforts must be paying off.

Related aside: To be totally honest, I really think that my own intolerance has been fed by others who have made assumptions about my intelligence or wisdom based on their intolerance of anyone who is not just like them. Example: college graduates who judge non college graduates as uniformed and dumb. Some of the most well informed, rational and intelligent people I know only graduated from high school but are very well read and self educated beyond many I know who graduated from college and seem to THINK they are knowledgeable but are more narrow minded and arrogant. *steps off soap box*

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6 Comments on OOOOO…that Really Annoys Me

  1. nightsinge says:

    I’m cool? Yay! Thank you. ;>

    I have never ever thought of you as a Pollyanna. To me, that type is more surface/vacuously happy. You have substance!


    ignorant and uninformed people
    racism and blind prejudice
    terminally judgmental people
    manipulative people
    disingenuous people
    people who use their looks to manipulate others
    And the most superficial….fake blonds who used to be beautiful brunettes & curly haired women who ALWAYS straighten their hair

    This list rocks. I’d add cruelty to animals on individual and institutional scales…and white people with dreads (since we’re going to that hair place).

    And I share that frustration of ignorance. More, for me, is informed (or even slightly informed) apathy. Not knowing could be a product of our complicit culture. Knowing and not caring is inexcusable.

    I’m working on it too. ;>

    • B.E.M. says:

      I like your additions. 🙂

      I agree with you. My compassion kicks in when I remind myself of the societal and institutional “shackles” put on many communities in regards to seeking knowledge outside their comfort zone. That’s one reason I love working with teens. Expanding minds feeds the soul. 🙂

  2. nightsinge says:

    PS

    I is a college graduate!

    I so agree with you. And secretly, some of the dumbest folks I’ve had the displeasure to meet are about to receive their MSWs with me.

  3. I am quite intolerant of people who are ignorant and uninformed about things I am informed about. I tend to expect others to share the same knowledge I share. Then, when it becomes clear that people are way on another page and or dumbfounded over what I am talking about, I get annoyed.

    I am not talking about thinking people are dumb or not as smart as me. I am talking about the assumption that intelligent people are informed about …

    I have the same issue 😉 I’m trying to work on it because the only persoh who really it effects negatively is mostly myself. I get so frusterated with people for not understanding that vision loss comes in a whole bunch of flavours, or the do and don’t of dealing with a VI/Blind person using a guide dog etc… I could go on and on. It has affected my mental stablity and I really need to get over this hurdle and try not to get to peeved at people who I try to educate that aren’t hearing a word I’m saying! okay /rant *smiles* I’m still alive btw.

    • B.E.M. says:

      Yay! good to hear from you. 🙂

      I can understand why you get frustrated. I also know how guilty one can feel for being intolerant. I mostly keep mine to myself but I know it spills over when I am emotionally invested in that person.

      I hope all is well.

  4. fairwells says:

    Tolerance

    Yah, some of the most intelligent people I know never went to college.

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