Selective, or Snooty?

April 24, 2017, Prescott- 

It’s no deep secret that I have issues with those who build walls of snobbery around themselves. I’ve found them everywhere, from my home town of Saugus,  to Jeju, Korea, and to my present home base of Prescott.

Usually, snobs rely on “isms”, to validate their choices.  There are those who fall back on their self-perceived intelligence, while forgetting that the late George Plimpton, and others, routinely ridiculed their insolence.  There are others, “hipsters”, who brag about their sense of aesthetics, overlooking the beauty of simplicity.  Money, status in the community, and a misperceived “racial purity” are other sources of walls. Even in small communities, and communities of colour, subgroups operate to either maintain a false sense of superiority or to ingratiate themselves with those in power.  Seventeen years ago, a woman spread filth about my family and me, in a small desert community.  She had arrived  ten years earlier, from Ohio.  Here in Prescott, another individual, an attendant at a local fitness center, turns her head, sharply and disdainfully, whenever anyone over the age of forty approaches.

I have my own sense of selectivity.  I stay clear of fast food restaurants, many chain stores, and most Big Box establishments.  There is no shortage of people who would cry “Snoot”, at this information, and perhaps they’re right.  I do not, however, treat others with disdain, based on age, physical appearance,  mannerisms,perceived intelligence level, economic status or skin pigmentation.  Even the snobs get a fair hearing.

I have made the observation that fear is behind most snobbery.  If the wall-builders would stop and take several deep breaths, perhaps they would realize that nothing of consequence would befall them, were they to open the blinds, and take off the blinders.

6 thoughts on “Selective, or Snooty?

  1. I tend to agree with you — ‘snobbery’ over personal issues (race, body image, money, age, etc.) is prejudice, and without excuse. However, I seldom eat at most fast food places — their food is seldom healthy, and often tasteless. Big box stores like Walmart turn me off at the entrance — there are few things there that I can’t buy elsewhere, often for the same price. Target’s better, but Costco has a hefty fee just to walk in, and then you have to buy in quantity that I can’t store!. I also tend not to shop at stores like Walmart that convert my checks to automatic debit transactions — I don’t have a debit card, and don’t particularly want merchants taking money from my bank account in that way (I may soon have to change that approach, as my bank no longer provides free checks). If that is fear driven, or if I am blinded, so be it — I don’t really believe it’s snobbery!

  2. I agree with you Gary on that. I too hate people who are snobs and those who boast about their life or achievement endlessly. I avoid them like a plague. I don’t want to have a conversation, because with such people it is always only one way. And you can never have an actual conversation about life or news worthy stuff.
    I too have been branded in the community, because of my activism. But I didn’t care at all, and did what I want to do.

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