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#410861 - 02/01/10 05:22 AM Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them.
Skjalandir Offline


Registered: 12/07/09
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I think I spent so long in England removing myself from the outside world that I hadn’t realised a very bizarre habit of people defining themselves by their negative traits. But now I am overseas making an effort to meet people (until the novelty wears off and I find myself digging a moat around my house and mounting cannons on my lawn) I have noticed a lot of people making sure that I know that they cannot read or write, or that they have depression, or that they have ‘ADHD’, or that their children have ‘ADHD’, or that they have been raped, or have had an abortion, or in one really mind-boggling conversation, that they have killed people on military duty and are involved in a government cover-up due to the whole squad committing suicide, bar the one who told the story who wants to commit suicide.

All of these things had been confessed to me at ONE social gathering. I came away not knowing what anyone’s talents were, what they enjoyed in life, and I didn’t learn a damn thing apart from people are becoming pussys.

In England I remember a lot people trying to put themselves into dominant positions during conversations and at least having a bit of pride, even though the majority were assholes, but when did everyone start cutting off their own balls and handing them to you in their introductions?

I know the herd like to play victims and casualties but I’ve never experienced so many at one time and it made me wonder if everyone was experiencing this? Or did I just accidently walk into an AA meeting?
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#410863 - 02/01/10 05:55 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Skjalandir]
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Well, I'd say it is most likely the fault of two things: social networking sites and "emo" subculture. I put emo in quotes because that term has changed meaning drastically over the past ten years. Nonetheless, it is an internet phenomenon, which invariably influences behavior in the real world.

In a nutshell: Folks have this unique sensation online. They know for a fact that whatever they post is guaranteed to be seen by a significant amount of people, and yet they are literally alone in a room while doing it. So they go ahead and spill their guts. And it is considered socially acceptable. This same behavior becomes their personal advertisement in the real world.

Because the internet is worldwide, I would not say it is a regional thing. Obviously, different cultures will be influenced differently. American and British pop culture is largely interchangeable and has lots of overlap, so I would not be surprised if you find more pussies when you return to England.
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#410867 - 02/01/10 06:35 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: NapalmNick]
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Oh a cracking insight. I was fortunate enough to be without the internet for a few years and it does seem a bit like I missed some big shift in behaviour.

That will also explain why it seems to be so extreme here. The community is spaced out over great distances and people only really get a chance to socialise every month or so at a club for 18-30 year olds. They must be literally taking their internet persona into a public setting.

I noticed something else, in which people who did not know me would throw jokes at me bordering on insulting, but it only seemed to come from people physically less dominant than myself and the sort of kid you know couldn’t hold themselves in a confrontation, which really caught me off guard. I had to ask a friend if they actually had a problem and she said "no they are just joking, they do it with everyone". Don't get me wrong, I'm used to people joking back and forth with each other, I've just never been on the receiving end of "you fucking asshole, you like to eat shit" from someone I don’t know without having to talk them out of a fight. I couldn’t work out why people would engage other people with that type of behaviour, but it’s obvious now that it’s due to their being no backlash when insulting on you tube, forums, msn etc.
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#410868 - 02/01/10 06:46 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Skjalandir]
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Goddamn I love the way you write. coopdevil

Anyway.

I've experienced it. I am continuously shocked by the things people say to my face (as opposed to online) in the first fifteen minutes of conversation. Total strangers telling me intimate details of their lives. Who they slept with the night before, the DWI they got on Christmas Eve, their past life of drug addiction and disease.

It's like a friend of mine, octogenarian, who prefaces every single chat we have with a list of all of his ailments. All of them. From him it's kind of cute because he's my friend and, well, he's earned it. But these other people, I don't know. Some kind of confession compulsion maybe. I can't really fathom why people say things to me they should be telling their doctor or priest or lawyer. I think I'm supposed to feel sorry for them, and I do, but probably not in the way they'd intended.

I don't think people know what the definition of discretion (discreetness) is anymore. They mirror their lives off of Hollywood tabloidy gossip and end up being just as distasteful and abrasive and undignified as guests on a Jerry Springer show. They make themselves exploitable. Which gives them a perfect excuse to complain about being exploited. Or gets them some kind of hand-out, charity or government subsidy.
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#410880 - 02/01/10 08:36 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Shade]
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Ha! I'm also shocked that they assume I'm interested. The harsh truth is, most people are boring as fuck.

"Oh? So you were peeved at your boyfriend for not calling you back in time so you went to a bar to get shitfaced and decided to fuck his best friend in revenge? Fascinating. How's your crabs?"

crazy

Although if a stranger confided in me some bizarre detail that was totally against type, I'd be all ears. At least it wouldn't be the same boring old insecurities making people act like assholes.

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#410883 - 02/01/10 09:06 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Skjalandir]
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grin Your post kind of amused me. smile Due to absurdity to hear this all during one event.

Originally Posted By: Skjalandir
I know the herd like to play victims and casualties but I’ve never experienced so many at one time and it made me wonder if everyone was experiencing this? Or did I just accidently walk into an AA meeting?


I, fortunately, don't meet young people, who'd behave like that, personally. Who'd unload all the negativity at me during the first conversations.

I am not sure, if is it because of they are not like that, or because they don't want to tell me things like that at all (not trying to get deeper into those reasons).

What happens to me, and it's on contrary with what some of you wrote here (seems not to be influenced with internet), is that I seem to attract old people, who are telling me some weird stories... Like, while I sit on bench on the town square.
Sometime, they can be cute smile but sometime very annoying.

But yes, from what I observe on internet, it all partly comes also with the emo and goth culture. Mainly with young people. It's like a race about who suffers more, who's darker soul and damned.
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#410886 - 02/01/10 09:20 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Spelled Moon]
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Originally Posted By: Spelled Moon



I seem to attract old people,


Really? grin

Being old, I have to start this post with, "I'll tell you what the problem is..."

I suspect that people in developed countries don't have enough problems. Seriously. Our brains have evolved to help us survive. You know...find food, shelter...solve problems. Again...the human brain evolved to SOLVE PROBLEMS. We've over-nerfed everything, but the brain still wants to do what it is supposed to do...solve problems. So, it manufactures them. Seriously...I work with a guy who broke his hand hitting a fridge because his cell phone didn't work right. What he needs is to spend some time building a shelter.
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#410888 - 02/01/10 09:25 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Roho_the_Rooster]
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Roho, you do know that you just spelled out one of the UnaBombers core hypotheses for what ails all of Western Civilization, right?

grin
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#410889 - 02/01/10 09:29 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Roho_the_Rooster]
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Originally Posted By: Roho_the_Rooster
Being old,


Ha, Roho, you are not that old. I meant people, who are some decades older than you. smile

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#410892 - 02/01/10 09:38 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Quaark]
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Originally Posted By: Daark
Roho, you do know that you just spelled out one of the UnaBombers core hypotheses for what ails all of Western Civilization, right?

grin


Oddly enough, I am actually wearing a hoodie.

And he was right.
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#410893 - 02/01/10 09:39 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Spelled Moon]
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Originally Posted By: Spelled Moon
Originally Posted By: Roho_the_Rooster
Being old,


Ha, Roho, you are not that old. I meant people, who are some decades older than you. smile


Ah! Dead folks. grin
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#410894 - 02/01/10 09:40 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Roho_the_Rooster]
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And you have a beard, and you're just a bit misanthropic, and you're very smart...

Hmmm...
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#410899 - 02/01/10 10:19 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Quaark]
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Not to worry...I never leave my cabin.
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#410901 - 02/01/10 11:07 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Roho_the_Rooster]
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Quote:
Being old,...


Not in "Vampire" years, you're not. witch
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#410904 - 02/01/10 11:21 AM Re: Hi. Here are my testicles. I don't need them. [Re: Roho_the_Rooster]
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Originally Posted By: Roho_the_Rooster

I suspect that people in developed countries don't have enough problems. Seriously. Our brains have evolved to help us survive. You know...find food, shelter...solve problems. Again...the human brain evolved to SOLVE PROBLEMS. We've over-nerfed everything, but the brain still wants to do what it is supposed to do...solve problems. So, it manufactures them. Seriously...I work with a guy who broke his hand hitting a fridge because his cell phone didn't work right. What he needs is to spend some time building a shelter.


It’s not that they just don’t have enough problems. But the problems that they choose to create are stupid!

With enough ambition, a person can encounter an endless procession of opportunities for problem solving. There’s always more to have, do and become. But people just want to deal with dumb, unproductive problems so that they can maintain their complacency and still be stimulated by their “problem solving”; as their biology dictates.

A person can decide to “stay hungry”, regardless of how much they get. It’s just that most people don’t.
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