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.