Here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ that I’ve been thinking about since the days when I was a wee lurker.
You read an OP, usually in The Pit, but it could be anywhere, where someone is venting about a situation or another’s actions that have them steamed. The heinous deed is something you yourself engage in as a matter of course.
Do you feel defensive? If so, do you pipe up and explain / defend yourself?
If the majority weigh in on the OP’s side, do you feel bad? Bad enough to change that behavior?
Have you ever not realized said trait about yourself until you read about it? If so, did it change your view point?
I’m not neccessarily talking about big things such as smoking. As a smoker, I know that I’m a pariah. Just for massochistic fun I read post after post about how much people hate me and my ilk. It doesn’t even register anymore because it’s a given that the majority are against it.
I’m thinking more about petty things, for instance you know you always leave an eighth of an inch of coffee in the pot at work, or you don’t usually use your turn signals. Or you have one of those boom boom stereo type thingies (that’s street lingo)
in your car and cruise through residential neighborhoods.
I’ll go first and say that (even though I said I wasn’t including smoking) I’m the first to think “I don’t discard my butts on the street. I’m a * very * considerate smoker. All my friends say so!” That’s true if we’re talking about the last five years or so. But I have to admit, I was one of the schmucks that give smokers a bad name for longer than I’d like to admit. I’ve never fessed up to this in a smoking related thread.
Another thing is when someone was irritated by people who are stopped at a light in the far right lane and don’t move over to let people making a right turn get by. I had an epiphany after someone mentioned it that if I put on my right turn signal, the car ahead of me might see that and scootch forward so I could turn.
Long story short, do you ever see yourself portrayed in a negative light, and if so, what is your reaction?