Why are general attitudes different in different places you go?

 Em (@emily)10 years, 5 months ago

I’m currently in the beautiful, friendly, hospitable, understanding, state of SC. I normally reside in the fast paced, miserable, eat your own, don’t talk to me, state of NY :)
Why do you think the general attitude/vibe is different as you go to different places? Think there’s anyway we could change it?

April 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm
Joe Hamilton (0) (@1joehamilton) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I have a friend who moved from Pittsburgh to Clemson, SC for graduate school. He really liked it there because the people were so friendly. He got job offers there but also one from upstate New York that paid significantly more. He asked me what he should do. This was decades ago when I was young and thoughtless. I said New York and he went to New York. Now he is a completely different person, still my friend but completely different from what he would have been if he stayed in SC.

As Chaucer said in “The Canterbury Tales,” greed is the root of all evil.

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Michael (26) (@mike) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Culture influence, societal norms and systems of beliefs, values which are reinforced by the general public. Is it at all possible to change peoples attitudes in a region? Of course, people are constantly changing their currently held beliefs and value systems; when we determine a belief no longer holds true for us we tend to replace the old belief with a newer and more relevant one. This thus alters our perception of things, thoughts, perspective, attitudes (vibes) and finally actions. I’m not saying that it is by any means easy, or even likely for an entire region to undergo or operate under a massive change in attitude, but it is entirely possibly. Change starts within the individual.
I currently live in Toronto btw, pretty happy with the whole vibe of things around here. :]

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Adam Mac (15) (@emceedan) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I’m from Fargo, ND which is known for having a very friendly population. It’s the norm to say “Hi” to complete strangers, hold open doors, let others go ahead of you in line if you have more stuff etc. Also kind of bigger things too like when someone gets their car stuck in the snow in the winter, you’ll see 3 neighbors come out and shovel/push/tow them out without hesitation. Moving is the same, people will help you move if they see you moving in or out of a new place. It’s definitely nice and has a good vibe. Now I live in Minneapolis, MN where it’s obviously a bit faster paced (Fargo metro = 204k to Minneapolis metro =3.5mil) but I still see a lot of friendliness in strangers here. I suppose it’s an upper midwest thing. It’s the norm to me and I like it!

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