Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cliques

Cliques are such a stupid, juvenile idea. Their only reason for existing is to exclude someone. Or to give a group license to pick on a person they deem ripe for bullying. For some reason these groups are like whirlwinds. As they become more self congratulatory the more energy they expend being thoughtless, mean spirited, and callous. Ultimately, they can wreak tornado level destruction on those in their way.

I remember my Mother telling me a story about a group of teachers at her school who would continuously 'prank' other teachers in the lunch room. These assholes tricksters would wait for some unsuspecting teacher to leave their lunch unattended then eat it. This was usually followed by sniggering when their now hungry co-worker returned. If anything was said, the attitude was, 'get a sense of humour'. How is this type of behaviour, which most parents try to stamp out of kids and dogs, acceptable in a group of people who hold University degrees?

It doesn't seem to matter if you have made a point of walking around the block to avoid a clique. If they choose to target you things can get upsetting really fast. Like when you realize the water is rising rather than going down in the toilet - at a friend's house. Luckily, as most people get older most grow out of the need to mindlessly conform to belong. After a certain age worrying about whether you are being included seems to pass. Funny, how kids, a spouse and a mortgage will do that to you.

Picture from Flickr

2 comments:

Tasha said...

I love the photo! Some days your posts are so bang on with what I am feeling/ranting about it is creepy. We have one of those freaky connections Hot Stuff!

Muffy said...

I gave up years ago the need for people to like me or me to like everyone else. Diversity is the spice of life and having many "different" friends is the key!