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September 19th, 2005
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From:the_alchemist
Date:September 19th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
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I wasn't trying to argue that it's wrong to pity people (I don't think it is), just to explain why I think people hate being pitied. 'Pity' is a well-adjusted response to your friends being homeless or bad at maths, and annoyance/anger/sorrow/ickiness is a well-adjusted response to being pitied for being homeless or bad at maths.

The 'good' and 'bad' people bit was just my feeble attempt to speak feanelwa-language - nothing much should be read into it. And I certainly didn't mean that good people should throw themselves into a fit of worry and angst when their friends aren't equal to them (either in specific things or over all), let alone that the should go to any great lengths to fix matters. I meant that when they fantasize about ideals they prefer things like 'all my friends who want to be are famous and well-respected actors in different and complementary ways' to 'all my friends who want to be are professional actors, but I'm the most famous and well-respected one.'
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From:atreic
Date:September 19th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that makes more sense. Thanks :)
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