Posted by confuzyq on June 23, 2007, at 1:07:12
In reply to Re: perception of privilege, posted by Dr. Bob on June 23, 2007, at 0:40:38
Thanks, but you still seem to be honing in on "envy," and I personally just don't think that's the most logical or fair way to frame it. It's the same as if in the penal system, one person is given 5 years and another probation for the same offense. Or if one apartment resident is allowed to (e.g.) blast their music late at night or take up two parking spots, and others aren't. Sure the ones getting the shorter end of the stick would rather not. But mostly it is just about fairness and consistency, and I just don't see the justification in implying otherwise in such cut-and-dried scenarios.
Sometimes I wonder if the hypotheses you put forth are more about a particular angle you'd like to examine at the moment, such as times when you've directed conversations towards possible feelings of powerlessness, when whatever the beef being expressed did not seem very likely to be related to that. In those cases I'd be more comfortable if you'd just come out and say that X is an angle you would simply like to hear discussed.
> > There are a lot of people out there and a lot of them here in particular, so I bet that sometimes is the case. But for it to be your main or only hypothesis here... I don't think that's the most logical one, and something feels like it is being convoluted. People wanting rules to be applied equally is only wanting things to be fair, logical and consistent. There is likely nothing more to it than that most of the time. And it doesn't in itself hint at some issue on their own part like "envy."
> Sorry, I just thought it might be one feeling people were having, I didn't mean to imply that it was the only one.
> And I wouldn't necessarily consider it to be an "issue" for individual posters, I think it's a normal feeling to be expected in situations like this:
> And fairness could be part of it. Posters might envy those they see as receiving preferential treatment...