Selfishness and Conversation|
Sep 15, 2002, 12:00p
Selfishness and Conversation:
It really is a "dog-eat-dog", or shall I say, "man-talk-man", world out there. I just came back from a party amongst a large group of Indian families and friends, and it's amazing how much each person comes there to talk about themselves. Conversations will volley back and forth, with each participant trying to one up the other. For example, one aunt started speaking about her daughter, who's a very caring girl who takes dying animals to hospitals. After telling about her latest bout of beach-cleaning, another aunt feels compelled to show her and everyone else who's listening that her daughter is just as good: she does beach-cleaning too. And, her husband sponsors routine beach cleaning. Then the other aunt tried to one-up that by saying how her daughter goes to jails to counsel inmates. Volley-back: other aunt says how her daughter's husband sees inmates as a doctor. Volley, volley, volley.
These conversations suck. Everyone is selfish, and all speech resolves around themselves. These conversations are useless competitions, for no real reason.
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