Here's a picture of a cute Easter bunny.
|NO WAIT THAT'S A HAMSTER WITH FAKE EASTER BUNNY EARS!...Oh well, still cute.|
One thing that's always puzzled me about people is pretension. I've met several people in my life that I believe are pretentious, and I'm sure that with me going to college next year, I'm guaranteed to meet many more.
To be honest, I think that word is overused and misinterpreted. A pretentious person is generally someone who acts like they are much more important, intelligent, or overall better than someone else, even though they aren't. Basically, a phony. These days, with growing hipster culture and an increasing emphasis on appearing intellectual, people throw around the word to describe pretty much anyone who appears to be reasonably well-read on a particular subject that may not be commonly known. (I hope that last sentence didn't sound pretentious.)
For example, I have been called pretentious before because of my interests. I read books that maybe not everyone around me would find interesting. I love classics, and you'll frequently see me carrying my latest read around with me in school. But never have I decided that because my book choices are better than those of someone else, I'm better as a person. Frankly, I'm excited when I see people carrying around books, because I love seeing other people as passionate about reading as I am. Apparently, someone I know thought that I was pretentious because I was reading Catcher in the Rye in school. That really hurt, honestly. I don't think it's fair to be judged based on the books you choose to read.
It's one thing to think I'm a bit weird because of what books I choose to read or what movies I choose to watch, but to essentially label me as a phony snob because I'm reading a book I strongly identify with is very hurtful. I'm passionate about many things, and I can respect anyone else that is equally as passionate about certain things.
Of course, I can occasionally slip up on my judgement-free thoughts, but I am trying very hard to learn to respect that my views on culture and stuff are different from many people, and that these differences should never make me think of myself as better than someone else.
I really hope this post doesn't sound fake. Did I make any sense?