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  •  you make good points (0+ / 0-)

    And in fact my response to this was very emotional, I was pissed off for most of the day. Maybe the diary is not responding to the person/diary I thought it was, but something else entirely. In which case, "Never mind." The diary I thought she was responding to might have been naive but it was definitely not mean-spirited, it seemed quite sincere and well-intentioned. So my sense of justice was violated in that I felt the response was unwarranted & disproportional. As was mine. That dynamic is a perfect example of why the world is so fucked up.

    What middle class has to do with it is that if anyone has college or advanced degrees or makes claims of "expertise", they are middle class, no matter how much money they make. It is not about money, it's about having been trained into an attitude of inherent superiority, in which more = better instead of different. Although I recognize when someone knows what I don't, and will gladly defer to their knowledge, I don't appreciate snobbery. There have been so many times when someone's told me I can't write about or think about something because I'm not on their advanced level, that I'm not part of the club of insiders who deserve to have opinions. It pisses me off when people try to silence me in this way. The correct response should be to share what they know instead of going out of their way to dismiss someone who doesn't. It's that neener-neener-neener shit, especially of the brow-beating variety, that really gets to me, along the lines of "how dare you not know what I know." The most shrill and outraged people are the worst offenders. This is a huge trigger for me. I regret when I come unglued and find myself reacting to people in ways I think are uncool when others do it. It's not cute, not the mind-space in which I prefer to live my life. Better for me to avoid inflammatory discussions entirely.

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