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    Ever meet someone who has an attitude that seems to flaunt and revere blue collar ideology? The kind of person that seems to relish in being a simpleton? Holds grudges against other people for being too aggressive with their lives and is unable to understand the reasons why someone might hold themselves to a higher standard? Is focused on the belief that the common person is the most righteous person, and anyone who might be a braggart or business minded is somehow jaded towards life?

    I'm struggling to understand the ins and outs of this type of behavior. Is it a ruse to cover up the fact that their lives may not have turned out as important as they would have liked? Is it an acceptance of their own lifestyle and a expression of a principle they have come to embrace simply because they do not know how to live life any other way? Are they secretly wishing that they could escape their everyday lives and be someone else or are they truly happy the way they are?

    Ok, how about a sentence that doesn't end in a question mark.. lol.

    I know someone with this attitude and it seems to me that he is somewhat depressed in reality. When he is in his "element" he is probably very happy - people like him because he does exude an "equalizing" type personality - he has a way with people (superficially) that people seem to enjoy. He grew up on a farm and definitely has a pretty “easygoing” mentality.

    But then, there is another side to him - someone who (ultimately) feels a bit like a failure because he's not where he wanted to be in life. Someone who realizes that he might have missed his potential. Someone who sacrificed his dreams because he did it out of a sense of duty towards others.

    Sadly, if he does feel this way he refuses to discuss it, leading to a vicious cycle of negative emotions which people close to him become a victim of. It's as if, by denying himself the opportunity to believe that there is more to life, that he somehow has "risen above it" when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. It's almost as if his "arrogance" (for lack of a better word) is a cover for his real self. The self that is crushed by hopes and dreams that never got a chance to come to fruition.
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    It's okay to want to live a simple life. But it is disturbing when those same values and all the baggage associated with it is forcibly extroverted to others. It's exactly why extremists of any ideology become idea-lol-ogists.

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    There are quite a few people right here on this forum who firmly believe that anyone who is rich is also, by definition, evil.

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    You mean hippies??

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    I have a feeling your friend doesn't see himself as a simpleton or as flaunting an ideology. so why does he react to you the way he does?

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    I've noticed that Stephen King's books, particularly the later ones, have a recurring theme of the Noble Ordinary Man. King's background and upraising are distinctly blue-collar; it's the source of his much-storied work ethic and a source of his core values. Extreme wealth in a King character is usually a sign that a character either A) is on the side of the bad guys, B) has an unpleasant and likely unmentionable personal habit, C) will get his by Chapter 17, or D) All of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    There are quite a few people right here on this forum who firmly believe that anyone who is rich is also, by definition, evil.
    You never gave me an impression of somebody who has a lot of money, but I can totally see you always voting Republican
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    I've noticed that Stephen King's books, particularly the later ones, have a recurring theme of the Noble Ordinary Man. King's background and upraising are distinctly blue-collar; it's the source of his much-storied work ethic and a source of his core values. Extreme wealth in a King character is usually a sign that a character either A) is on the side of the bad guys, B) has an unpleasant and likely unmentionable personal habit, C) will get his by Chapter 17, or D) All of the above.
    Agreed. But really, as you say, that's the environment he grew up in, and then worked in. I think he worked in a laundry for a bit / manual labor before finally selling Carrie. He's definitely the "small town boy makes big" story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    You never gave me an impression of somebody who has a lot of money, but I can totally see you always voting Republican
    Not. I'm actually registered Independent, and I'm thoroughly disgusted with both wings of our single-party system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Not. I'm actually registered Independent, and I'm thoroughly disgusted with both wings of our single-party system.
    Of course you are.

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