1) The term “condescend” has a negative connotation nowadays, this is most likely due to the same reason that Americans have such a disdain for elitism, i.e. the widespread notion of absolute equality (which normally manifests itself in utterings like “Who do you think you is? You ain’t betta than me!”.) However, in the days when there were visible social hierarchies the word was not always necessarily received with offense. And, I would argue, in some cases condescension is necessary and even desireable, e.g. in the case of a teacher and student, or more (or less?) abstractly, in the case of the God-become-man.

2) The term “patronize” has a similar rap; “Don’t patronize me!” is more often used as an exclamation against a social wrong than as another way of saying “Don’t support me with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement!”. But I feel that it some cases it would be agreeable to be patronized, especially if the Patron was the Father figure and protector you had always wished you had.

3) If our lives were plays, we would always be the main characters. As I think about it more and more, it seems like a good lifelong goal would be to expand the play from a monologue to a larger stage production with multiple speaking parts, and perhaps in the end into a heartstring-plucking musical, preferably like this one: http://www.hulu.com/watch/28343/dr-horribles-sing-along-blog (but perhaps with a less happy ending…)


~ by justinhong on December 7, 2008.

2 Responses to “Miscellaneous:”

  1. what a crazy random happenstance!

  2. i would want my life to be happier than that!! haha. like the other parts would interact with mine to make the story richer and help my character along, rather than dig me deeper into my isolation, maniacal ideas, and incapacity to communicate with ppl i love! hahaha

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