Have you ever noticed that many people feel the need to build themselves up by tearing others down?
At a party, I was introduced by the host to another guest.
“What do you do?” he asked me — a good way to start a conversation.
“I am a direct mail writer,” I replied.
Immediately he frowned, as if smelling garbage.
“I never reply to that junk,” he said haughtily. “I throw it all right in the trash.”
Feeling about 2 feet tall, I asked him politely, “What do YOU do?”
“I am a chiropractor,” he answered with an air of superiority.
“Oh, I never go to chiropractors,” I wanted to tell him, “I throw all their advertisements right in the trash.”
After the party, I conveyed this story to my wife, who said she was glad I didn’t say the above … and that it would have been rude to do so.
But why? Didn’t he just say the same thing to me?
Perhaps I should have pointed out to him that we both had something in common — neither of us, apparently, could get into medical school….