Being A Contrarian….

Being that we are coming upon the end of another year I am in a self-reflections mode. I admit that much of what I post about is the result of reading a post or article about something and thinking that there is more to the story than is written. Sometimes it deserves an alternate view. Sometimes it needs expanding to attain its full meaning. And sometimes it’s just wrong, at least in my view. 🙂  I write to fill these gaps.  While I don’t like others putting me in boxes, particularly those that don’t really fit, I do sometimes try to label myself.  I am a contrarian at heart; always have been. Probably always will be.  It is nice to have a venue as an outlet and at least a few folks to read what I say.

contrarianLet’s look at the definitions of contrarian to see where I might fit:

contrarian

  • a person who takes an opposing view, especially one who rejects the majority opinion, as in economic matters.
  • a contrary or obstinate person( as modifier ): a contrarian investor ; contrarian instincts

I think they both fit me but maybe the second one goes more to the root. But that brings another definition to view:

obstinate  

  • persist stubbornly • he obstinates himself against all rational arguments
  • tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield —  syn: stubborn, unregenerate
  • resistant to guidance or discipline • an obstinate child with a violent temper  — syn: contrary, perverse, wayward

Yep, maybe the second one is more me. I am an obstinate person in that I am resistant to guidance and I sure am tenacious. Those two words pretty much describe me. But then again much of what I write is opposed to the majority view. I just seem to have a minority personality. When everyone is saying “yes” I look for a reason to say “why?”.

Maybe I am a specialized contrarian and should really be labeled a blue-collar contrarian. I hate labels but maybe that one fits me?  I tend to almost always think of the little guy.  When I attend social dinner functions, which is a very rare occurrence now, I tend to pay more attention to what the waiters are doing and don’t seem to pay attention to those eating the meal. As I have said before I am just a blue-collar guy in my heart. I just can’t get comfortable in a high brow environment.

Being a contrarian sometimes gets me in trouble. Lord knows I have enough flamers who visit my blog to attack my opinions.  But I expect that being a contrarian. I embrace change where most others seem to resist it. In fact I often get bored when change doesn’t happen frequently enough. So I guess I am kind of weird in that respect.

Maybe I am a just a specialist.   Maybe I am a weird blue-collar, change loving contrarian.

Yep, that label seems to fit…

But I’m just a simple guy so what do I know…. 

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