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I'm definitely individualistic.

For example, I'm not big on volunteerism (no guilt trips, please, I like the concept, I just find it reallyreallyreally hard to convince myself it's worth involving myself) but I'll go out of my way to help a friend or even an acquaintance. Or even a stranger, if I can, and if I can see the results. Granted, I infinitely prefer to be thanked, and do NOT like being taken advantage of. That has happened before, and again, and I really set myself up for it the last time it happened. I'll go to great lengths to help people I know or meet ... but referrals of strangers to my assistance sometimes grates on my nerves.

I'm more in favor of the rights of the individual versus the rights of the organization, I'm more interested in stories of personal achievement over the accomplishments of a large group, and I'm even quick to point out the fallacies of blanket statements or sweeping generalizations. I'm almost TOO detail-oriented sometimes.

But ...

I've learned to speak on the "higher level" with the disinterested or uninvolved. The executive summary, the meat of the matter, the POINT. Details are objective and are always the same numbers, but subjectively, the viewer may not give a rat's ass. The point changes according to point of view. The directions may mention 3 other side streets you pass, but the driver only cares about the 3 lights before the left turn.

This still leads to a problem. When doing any summation, I've caught my tone as sometimes bordering on condescending. I thought about it, and I think it goes back to the individualism, and perhaps some mild resentment at having to re-present the paraphrase instead of the full monty. Because I always want that full disclosure. GIVE me the long version. I want to know the whole scoop.

Not so curious yourself? There's so much to know. Tsk tsk tsk. *smirk*

I may never know everything, but I sure as heck want to try.

- Pookah


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Mar. 28th, 2002 06:38 pm (UTC)
Something to be said for standing your ground
"Volunteering." That's what they call it when they not-so-subtly shove the annual United Way campaign down our throats at almost every organization I've worked in. I'm always the holdout. Co-workers whisper to me they're afraid *not* to give the 1, 5, or 10% of their paycheck that is "suggested" by management. They are both appalled and envious of my fortitude. I was even warned at my last job that there was a blacklist of those who refused to give, which was given to the president for review. I hope they put three stars by my name for posterity.

I'm not a hardhearted person. Far from it. Like you, I am generous to a fault with friends. I like to see what I do makes a difference, not pass off money to some bloated corporate shysters (and did I ever delight at the United Way scandal of a few years ago, when I was vindicated shortly after refusing to attend the 'mandatory' meetings!)

I'm curious about everything, except possibly El Presidente's favorite sexual position. That thought just leaves me feeling slightly ill.

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