I don’t recall being shocked, but I’ve certainly been surprised before.
A good friend in college, while we were discussing the Dead Kennedys, opined that it’s too bad that nobody was willing to put Kill the Poor into practice. I’m still not sure if he was kidding or not, I like to think he was. This was probably the closest I’ve come to being truly shocked.
An otherwise unexceptional coworker, after a few beers, told me all about how the Masons run everything. He was an Australian born in Europe, and so probably didn’t have my background of knowing Masons as a bunch of squares who mostly just like to eat fried perch and play Euchre.
I was surprised when a plant manager felt the need to tell me about how he believed the Oliver Stone film JFK was truth. Mostly because I was making at least 50K a year less than him and was three steps below in the hierarchy. Like most plant managers, he cultivated a level-headed image. Again, it was after some drinks.
I was surprised to find out that there was a Marxist professor in the anthropology department at Michigan State University. I was also surprised how popular he was. Have to admit that he gave entertaining lectures and pointed out student foibles in an insightful manner. Don’t remember his name, though.