Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lending Credence to my Suburban Shitbag Theory

A while ago I made the observation that those in rural areas seem to generally be okay people, and that those in urban areas seem to generally be okay people...but those that live in suburbia tend to be complete and total assholes.  Enter: this article.

The premise is that while cities have bars and coffee shops and restaurants in which people can hang out and develop a sense of community, and rural areas have focused town centers where people can do the same, suburbia straddles a middle ground that ultimately deprives people of the opportunity to interact with their fellow human beings.  Suburban areas, house farms as I call them, tend to discourage any sense of community.  Places where people can interact together are often far away and houses tend to be fenced in and closed off (mostly to attain the privacy that being ten feet away from each other lacks).  What you end up with is people who retain relatively private lives, going from their house to their garage to their car to work and back again with barely a nod's worth of interaction with the neighbors.  Without that interaction, people lose their sense of empathy...and if you don't have that, the ability to understand and identify with the emotions of your fellow human beings...you're an asshole.  Guess what's coming out of suburbia...

I would have posted a picture of Sarah Palin or Christine O'Donnell, but their faces are so infuriating, I lose brain cells every time I see them.

I don't have a whole lot more to say that the article doesn't cover with more eloquence.  But a lack of empathy coming out of suburbia certainly explains the Tea Party's general hatred of anyone that isn't old, white, and straight.

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