I have a current pet peeve, becoming annoyed when people romanticize things that are really horrible like hunger. They say things like it will be a “good thing” if we don’t have so much food as if conditions can arise where people are hungry but there are no horrible repercussions from this.
Another thing many like to lay claim to is that they are an “outcast” but if you have ever actually been an outcast you might re-think that. Just that you live in a society where you can say you are an outcast… where this is allowed, proves you are a member of society.
A homeless person is an outcast of society. If you walk into a high end department store in low end clothing, you will be treated as an outcast and if you can do this as an experiment (Uranus) that’s one thing. Living it full time is quite another.
A few weeks back the soldier told me he did not talk about certain things because he was sure if he did he would become an outcast. He told me the same thing when he was 19.
Thinking about this, I realized many people would claim that they are or would not mind being an outcast and this challenged my thinking. It made me realize how grateful I am to a society that accepts me.
I have not always been so fortunate and can tell you the pain of being excluded from the group is intense and you don’t necessarily wind up, Rudolph pulling Santa’s sleigh.
Have you ever been outcast? Do you have fears of being outcast?