posted on Jul, 3 2015 @ 06:44 PM
Some, perhaps many of us stay within a given area for large periods of our week, after week, after week. Situations arise which cause us to disrupt
our flow, and the terrain changes. I just had an experience where I found myself clashing with everyone, yet we at least could handle the situation
respectfully. What changed?
I live in an upper middle-class area. As a condition of my probation, I have to travel to an area of lower social economic status for community
service. So I'm at a GoodWill facility, and everyone is anti-gay. One guy was really freaking against gays, but interestingly was stumped when I
provided my counters to his "unnatural" stance. I'll leave out details, and really hope people can let go of any thoughts on if homosexuality is or
isn't okay. There's enough threads on ATS about it.
The point is that the only thing that changed was socioeconomic status of the area in general. I traveled about 15 miles from my city is all. In my
city, the vast majority don't care about your sexual orientation as long as you're not being publicly obscene, or what have you. After this
experience, I came to remember all the times I was in this area, and how the views of the average person around there differed from my area. I found
this curious, and wondered if anyone had thoughts on this. What factors are at play here to cause a low SES area to have different beliefs and biases
than high SES areas
I can list some things off, but am curious to hear what others have to say on this issue. Another thing I've become aware of is just how much I've
adapted to my area since I moved here some 6 years ago. I was thought of as a bit too far off for this area, and am now a welcomed "regular". My
views have changed, I'm sure in part due to simply being around people who act and perform in certain ways. I would tend to not think of myself as a
follower, and think most would agree here, and yet subtle changes accumulate over time and we adapt. That seems natural.