I Pity The Fool

Troy and I had an encounter with a piti­ful human being yes­ter­day, in a thrift store’s reg­is­ter line, no less. Troy got so angry, he had to sit still for awhile once we got back to the car because his hands were shak­ing with rage. He said he was sur­prised that I wasn’t as angry as he was.
Well, the thing is, when I encounter igno­rant peo­ple, the first feel­ing that comes to me is pity. I pity them because it must suck so much to be them, to live with such nar­row-mind­ed­ness. And then I’ll just shrug it off. There are igno­rant peo­ple every­where. We’re bound to cross path with them every now and then in our life­time. They’re not worth the time and ener­gy I would have to spend being angry at their thought­less remarks.
One thing that I found fun­ny (but not fun­ny ha-ha) is what the igno­rant per­son said about immi­grants not deserv­ing their respect because they don’t speak Eng­lish flu­ent­ly. I was kind of tempt­ed to say, “Dude, you were born and raised in an Eng­lish-speak­ing coun­try. It’s easy for you to be flu­ent in Eng­lish. If you were born and raised in, say, Jabip, where peo­ple speak any­thing but Eng­lish, and immi­grat­ed to Cana­da at your age, your Eng­lish would prob­a­bly suck, too. Would you like not to be respect­ed because of that?” But that would be like wast­ing my breath. So I just pity the fool. It’s eas­i­er that way.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Peo­ple will use any excuse to jibe on those of us who aren’t from a par­tic­u­lar coun­try.
    In Eng­lish class, every­thing was plain sail­ing until one or two peo­ple found out that I’m an Irish immi­grant. After­ward, if I zoned out for a nanosec­ond or got one ques­tion out of 100 wrong, they’d snick­er and say “Per­haps she should’ve stayed where she belonged, with the sheep and the drunks.”
    Peo­ple. Bah.

  2. You are right not to let it get to you — it is not worth the angst. Peo­ple like that are a low­er form of life, they only deserve indif­fer­ence, not even a sec­ond thought.

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