Yesterday Catholic John kept me involved in an all afternoon conversation on the subject of nebbishes……..”what”, you ask, “is a nebbish??”
Well, technically, according to Daniel Webster its someone who is “pitifully ineffectual, timid, or submissive”
but as the all conveyor of wisdom here on the Culture Monk I use it to describe a number of characteristics in people.
Nebbishes are people who are not free thinkers.
In the United States, Nebbishes often join fundamentalist religions, like hardcore Baptist churches, so they can be around other like minded people who think they know it all as well; sorry Baptist readers!
I’ve had quite a few Baptists tell me I’m going to hell because I drink and my daughter dances…….oh the horror!
The big problem with Nebbishes is that they are highly opinionated, but their opinions are often not based on very sound reasoning.
So if you are concerned you might be a Nebbish then here are the top 5 signs to look out for (although, if you are a Nebbish you probably quit reading after the first paragraph)
5 Signs Your A Nebbish
1) Instead of enjoying life you’re consumed with being an annoying ‘know-it-all.
I’m okay with not having an opinion about everything. Sure, I have opinions about a few subjects; but usually only after a long time of thought, reflection, and study.
2) You are not open to other peoples opinions.
Have you read my article on the gay marriage debate? Nebbishes aren’t interested in listening to alternative ideas on the subject, they are convinced their fundamentalist religious perspective is the only correct view and they refuse to chill out.
3) Nebbishes believe everything their teachers and parents tell them.
Guess what….teachers and parents aren’t always right. Imagine if you were living in ancient times and your parents told you it was time to sacrifice a virgin to the Sun god in order to appease his wrath….you think those parents were right?
This isn’t to say we shouldn’t respect those in authority……but its good to examine everything we’re told.
4) Nebbishes are clones of the people who rule over them.
Nebbishes are often members of cults…are you in one? Here is my article to figure out if you are in a cult.
5) Nebbishes are usually only friends with fellow Nebbishes.
What is your social group like? Are there people of different colors, ethnicity’s, etc? If there are, then don’t worry, you’re probably not a Nebbish.
But…if you have a very close-minded social group of friends….watch out….you might be a Nebbish!
Nebbishes don’t like diversity.
Finally, most of all, Nebbishes LOVE the status quo. They are not open to change. They love the politicians that rule over them. Nebbishes do what they are told and never ask why. Nebbishes love being told what to do, and don’t want a freer society where people can make up their own minds.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,