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Prom queens, drag queens and student body presidents

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Evening blogsters:

Cold evening tuning up here.  Sort of snowy looking clouds off to the west and north.

I've been reading through the thread LottoMike created about member popularity, occasionally having to stop and readjust my knobs and dials, as I discover what people think about themselves, about other people on LP, and about the entire issue of whether well-liked is one of the ways someone might be described.

A person tends to assume the world looks at the world the same way he does.  Which certainly isn't true for any of us, but we assume it in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

I can't honestly say I know anyone on LP, though I've been here a year.  I've had some somewhat personal communications with Todd, whom I consider likeable, but I don't know much about him, nothing at all outside his input and function on this site.  I admire him in that context because I like the site and appreciate what a job of work it must have been to create and maintain it.

But do I 'like' Todd?  Heck, I don't know.  I don't dislike him, but there's a dividing line between 'like' and the absense of dislike.  I assume he is a nice person who is liked by the people who know him.  Worthy of being liked, provided a person knows him.  Which I don't.

In fact, I only know a few people on LP well enough to 'like' them.  That 'knowing' generally hasn't come from personal exchanges, but rather from reading their posts when they've revealed information about themselves that I find worthy of my respect, admiration, whatnot. 

It's a good deal easier to know which LP members I don't want to know well enough to dislike.  Those tend to show themselves in ways that come across strongly.  And I use the BLOCK feature Todd's provided so I don't have to know them well enough to dislike them.  I have a philosophical objection to exposing myself to negativity when I can manage to avoid it, and I see the BLOCK feature as one of those features on this site that I count as a blessing.

Anyway, I think I could say to you blogsters, if I read your posts I might like you, don't dislike you.  But I don't want to go to bed with you.  So don't ask.

And don't vote for me for prom queen or drag queen.

Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry #476

Comments

1.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - December 12, 2005, 7:54 pm
Thanx Jack. You outdid yourself here on my laff meter today. LOLOL aaahhh feels good to have such a laff.
2.
Comment by Rip Snorter - December 12, 2005, 8:38 pm
Thanks TA. Thanks also for the comment.
Jack
3.
Comment by hareless - December 13, 2005, 1:09 am
well, you don't hate him...so that has to be a plus.
I usually just hate people from the get go cause in my world line of vision most people are just ugly, and they either confirm it or defy it from there. mostly confirm, and then the rest somewhat defy but not in the clear.

ya, so. Im a little negative.
4.
Comment by Rip Snorter - December 13, 2005, 7:06 am
hareless:
That's your affair, amigo. We've all got different approaches to how we deal with life. Mine's mine and yours is your'n.
Best to you,
Jack
5.
Comment by Rip Snorter - December 13, 2005, 9:04 am
On the other hand, hareless, the world's mostly full of haters of one sort or another. Being one of them isn't an ambition I choose for myself, nor one I admire in others. Nobody much worth the energy of hating on the Internet, and the one's offline it's a matter of dealing with one-by-one however seems best.

Fact is, the haters are mostly just idiots, same as you and me. They just choose to manifest their idiocy by seething hatred, same as you profess to do, instead of in other, more benign ways.

Best to you,
Jack

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