December 18, 2004

Attitutes

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Although it says that I am blogging 'about' that entry, it'd be more appropriate to say that it ispired me. That and link

So big thanks Josefin and Koel. Oh and thanks to April for letting me say this to you yesterday. Anwyay…

Recently I've been thinking that it's odd how nothing changes. In some ways I suppose thats a good thing. It means all the good things stay the same. Old friends will always be the same. Coming home will always be the same. Things will just always be the same.

While that is a broad generalisation I'm sure that most of you who read this can appreciate that there is some truth in the point. And by similar reasoning you can say that all the crap things stay the same, and in my experience this has been true. Coming home has it good point and its bad point, all of which are the same as when I left.

But that isn't the point of this blog. I didn't come here to moan about home. I came here to pose a question.

Is it possible to change your attitudes?

At first it seems almost trivial, yes, of course you can change your attitudes, but stop and think about it. Lets try and give a situation without being explicit with the details, lets say that you have a certain attitude attitute towards a certain group of people. You know that you have this attitute but you don't like it. What can you do? Well, I suppose you could make a conscious effort not to take the attitute you didn't like and eventually you'd become acostomed to your new attitude and everything would be fine.

Too easy, hey? So lets complicate matters, lets say that most of the time you don't have the offensive attitude, and to consider someone even taking such an attitude would offend you. But underneath all that you know that that's the attitude you have and there will be times when that attitude is displayed for all to see.

But does it even matter? As long as it's alright most of the time then who cares? But it does matter, it matters because I don't like the deep-seated, hidden attitude that I have. Don't get me wrong, this isn't an "oh-my-god-stuff-is-so-shit-right-now" because it isn't. Stuff is fine to good right now, but it's just something that sits there as a nagging thought, something that would make things better if it would be changed, but I'm not even sure if it's possible.

So, my fellow bloggers, there are two questions.

1) Is it possible to change the attitudes you take towards groups of people, even though most of the time they are hidden and no-one would know any different?

2) If yes, how do you go about it? If not, what not and what's the best thing to do?

I'm sorry if this blog didn't make much sense, but I didn't really want to get into specifics. If it didnt make sense that tell me and I'll try and explain it better. Please say something, any comment is better than nothing at all.

Thanks all,
Rob


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  1. Well…lack of specifics makes it very confusing indeed.

    You can change your attitude to people. Or a particular group of people. Mostly by realising that they're people too. And spending a bit of time with them.

    S'why first impressions can be so misleading.

    18 Dec 2004, 12:02

  2. Agreed, if you have deep seated prejudices against a group of people that isn't chavs then spending some time hanging out with them will probably make you even in a deep seated way come to fear them less.

    18 Dec 2004, 13:07


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