Why do so many guys think they are James Bond, and so many (below) average looking women walking down the street as if they were models on a catwalk runway?
Why do we treat fellow drivers as our biggest enemies, honking and cussing them out for no good reason? Aren’t these the same people we greet with our fake smiles and hold doors for an hour earlier?
This unprecedented arrogance is in part derivative of the well known, signature SF entitlement and privilege.
And because the sheep is always true to doing what it does best – mindlessly following other sheep – the newcomers from other lands welcome the corruption of their native purer ways, becoming just as arrogant as the locals. The only thing that’s uglier than an Asian guy with a grin of overconfidence that he learned from his white co-workers is an Indian girl who has a white girl valley accent and who talks about how every guy wants her.
We have been brainwashed for at least a couple of decades now to hone self-confidence, high self-esteem and self respect. We have been told that we are beautiful and smart, even if we are seriously lacking in one department or the other… or both.
We lost sight of one of the most ancient and fundamental human virtues – the virtue of modesty and humility. These have been praised by so many scholars and philosophers for thousands of years, yet today they are way out of style in SF. Overpriced restaurants, valet parking, and exclusive social clubs and country clubs certainly don’t help.
The next time you are excited about traveling overseas, ask yourself honestly whether one big reason you are dying to go away is because you want to escape this horrific arrogant aura that surrounds you in SF everywhere you go, even if only for a few days.
I have been told that when it comes to attitude and arrogance, LA and NYC are just as bad or even worse, but I am yet to witness and “feel” it first hand. In fact, I have been on a quest for quite a while now to find one place in the world that has a more arrogant and pretentious vibe than downtown SF. If you have found one such place on our lovely planet, please do share.