The recent Star Trek movie has reminded me of a list I started compiling a few months ago. The list is made up of things which I technically am, or am involved in, and yet do not want to associate with other members of. Star Trek fans is on the list. I am a fan of the shows, and the movies. I like the universe. But I do not associate with Star Trek fans, or acknowledge them in any way.
Obviously this is not one hundred percent. I don't shun people who are fans of the show. I just make an extra effort to avoid the crowd. There is an ever growing list of these things, and it concerns me a bit. It says something about either me, or the members of these groups. Remember, I consider myself a member of these groups, at least technically. The list, off the top of my head and in order of most avoided, is this.
1. Straight edge kids. You get a pass if I've known you for more than ten years. Otherwise, I see a sXe patch, I'm running.
2. Vegans. Again, I am vegan. I like being vegan. But unless I have known you since college, if you are vegan I probably don't want much to do with you. If veganism is central to your identity, I am more concerned.
3. Politically active, especially anarchist. I know, I am condemned to sit in a sensitivity workshop, and come to a consensus about my lack of engagement and "lifestylism" that has led me to sell out. But I won't. In fact, I will hide from you. If you drag me to a sit in against my will, I will be forced to explain that the members of the anarchist community are the greatest reason anarchism is impractical. I still love the idea; but you people ruin it.
There are actually a few more, some more obscure than others. But people who write long blogs could be on this list easily, and I'm trying to prevent becoming a member of that crowd.
PS. Miffy is a sweet little bunny.