Folks who get mad at folks on the road. It's really none of my business.
I used to get real mad at folks on the road. They cut you off, and such. But now I get mad at folks who get mad -- folks who scream and yell, give you the finger, and tail-gait you as part of their juvenile tantrums. It's really none of my business to get mad at folks who get mad. Not having good control of their own lives, they take it out on the road (where they're in a safe, steel cage) -- trying to control others, or constantly seeking to just be heard and respected in a world filled with existential angst.
Drivers with road rage are like monkeys in cages that go berserk when the lab technician walks by with food. I don't know how to justify my getting irked by their behavior. I mean, it's their own life and choice in a matter -- not mine -- but it still somehow bothers me.
Artsy or just cosmopolitan folks who proclaim to me that they're real intelligent and mature and whatnot, yet get all huffy and puffy the moment you attempt to honestly disagree with them on something.
It's a kind of post-modern, intellectual arrogance which cannot tolerate dissent. Like infants who've learned to read and write and draw and paint and sculpt (or have developed a refined sense of taste for reading, writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, etc) -- they've got talent coming out of their ears but relatively no psychological maturity. The idea that they're even a little bit morally deficient (and should build some character) is revulsive to them.
p.s. Because I write much stronger than I speak or personally present myself to others (and folks here who've met me can attest to that), I do NOT just walk up to someone and blurt out that they're woefully deficient as a human being! Instead, I drop hints that they're woefully deficient.
My writing can make folks believe that I'm terribly moralizing in real life, but it just ain't so. Instead, I realize that every time I point the finger at one of my peers in judgment, that three fingers are pointing back at me.
Peikoff said Rand was -- in one respect -- the easiest person in the world to get along with. Rand cut-off more relationships than you can shake a stick at (because of eventually passing moral judgment on these others). I have no qualms with that, whatsoever. She presented herself to others benevolently. That is all that matters. It's not whether you're everyone's friend, it's whether you're both just AND benevolent.
It's been my experience that -- in spite of my "strong" writing -- I'm not terribly difficult to get along with, either. "GET to know me!" [SNL skit?]
(Edited by Ed Thompson on 12/31, 11:11pm)