“In fashionable society one never insists, but listens with complacency to every kind of nonsense. He is not there to teach or correct; not if he belong there, to learn, but to wear fine clothes and to eat and drink.”
– J.L. Spalding, 1901
I was six years old the first time someone told me, “I want to pick your brain”. I don’t think people use this phrase anymore, but I’ve been asked to share my ideas or offer my opinion on a vast array of topics, all my life.
Your see evidence of this on this blog all the time. If you’re new, you may not know it but my blog was called, “ElsaElsa – The Advice Blog” when it first launched. I started blogging in 2001…all because a group of people wanted to know what I thought.
I’m not sure what it is about me that makes people seek my view of something. My guess is that it’s a combination of things. Or maybe it’s because I’m unusual and the person is not getting what they need from the chorus.
I’ve been thinking about this because I’m still constantly asked for my views on things. This used to be a lot fun. These days it’s quite difficult. It’s dicey, because so many people get angry when your express a view contrary to their own.
I don’t belong in fashionable society. I’m not that hungry or thirsty and I hate to dress up.
I don’t know how to handle this, especially when “fashionable society” comes to me. I sure miss the truly curious. Their ranks are shrinking. It’s clear to me I need to adapt.