Life Scribbles: We’re All Snobs
snob – n. a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field.
While recently standing in line at Starbucks, I overheard a conversation of a person communicating to her friend about why certain methods of coffee brewing was better than others. Normally, this kind of conversation wouldn’t be of interest to me, but the raw passion of the one sharing got my attention. In fact, I don’t think I could have avoided hearing the conversation due to her sheer volume of communication.
Unfortunately for this particular coffee connoisseur, her friend wasn’t interested nor convinced. In response, I could see the growing frustration on her face followed by the rolling of eyes as if the other person just wasn’t enlightened enough to understand. Shortly afterward, I began to hear a steady progression toward subtly degrading comments. (Yes, I stuck around for a few minutes to see how this would all develop.)
At that moment, I realized how privileged we were to live in a country where we have the luxury of passionately conversing and even arguing about such trivial information as coffee brewing (Okay, stand back coffee addicts. The point here is not about coffee. Stay with me. Please put down the caffeinated drink you’re holding.). More importantly, I find it interesting that knowledge and/or conviction can create a superiority complex that results in subtle degrading of others.
Yes, it’s true. I’m a snob sometimes and so are you.
It may not be coffee, but I’m sure you have your very own soapbox of trivial knowledge. For me, it’s often connected to my professional work (e.g., branding, marketing, strategy, etc.). Although knowledge does empower us, we must never forget that it can derail us from the way we ought to treat other human beings. Don’t allow knowledge to turn into snobbery. Be cautious, kind, and gracious.
Who knows? Maybe you don’t have all the “facts” after all. 🙂