a reply to: Observationalist
Being censorious of neighbours is probably built into our make-up. My father had a habit of making private catch-phrases for his own amusement out of
things he heard people say. One which I remember well was "It wants stopping", which he probably picked up from one of the village women. So there is
a sort of background hostility to anything the neighbours might be doing differently, even before we get into the outright feuds. I don't think it
needs the motivation of specific rewards.
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It’s a curiosity for sure, but what’s motivation to go from observing an unfavorable behavior and telling you family about it, to picking up the
phone and calling the cops to come arrest your neighbors?
We have people who think that it is their job to go around and make sure that everybody is complying. My neighbor had the Police called because her
kids were playing in their backyard. They were called on me because I was working at the table on my back porch. I have a small apartment, with a
combination fridge and freezer. Normally with my work schedule, I eat breakfast and lunch at the cafeteria at work. Since I've been working from
home, I've been going through more food. I don't have the ability to stock up. When you add in the restrictions on certain items, I'm shopping about
every third day. Yesterday I had a woman threaten to call the Police because I didn't have a full cart. What are they going to do tomorrow when I
cut grass and Sunday when I go fishing?
I don't know why people are confused by this. We have plenty of these types posting in here these days. They're busy moralizing about how if we don't
comply with every little rule and do it instantly and without complaint, then it means we want thousands of people to die and that makes us horrible
They likely never approved of their neighbors to begin with and now they're scared in the bargain.
I saw a comment on another forum that plenty of them are scared enough and dull enough that if it were announced somewhere tomorrow that they all had
to load themselves up onto train cars for Plague Cleansing Centers where they'd be safe and cleared of infection, they'd all go do it and sneer at
those rest of us for staying behind to die.
a reply to: Boadicea
Misunderstanding, then. The reference to "having a stroke" made me think you were picturing an older person. I thought "pearls" implied comparative
wealth, but maybe that asumption is out of date.
No, I suspect the censorious instinct is close to being universal, even if it is mostly at the "grunbling privately at home" level. I think my own
neighbour does that a lot, but it takes a real push to shift him from verbal threats to action.
I don’t like to get involved in other people’s business, but I would ‘snitch’ if I knew of child abuse or domestic violence, but not if
someone was minding their own business doing something that doesn’t hurt another person.
I guess the common picture is of the old ladies who stand there and tut-tut everything. We all know what they're like - that mental image, but you can
apply it to anyone who engages in that style of behavior. These days, there are lots of them and they're mostly in the SW type set busy
finger-pointing everyone's little moral indiscretions like bitter old witches.
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