Today I want to talk about snobbery. What I mean by snobbery in this context is simply rejection of anything that doesn't fit your own narrow viewpoint. This sort of snobbery comes in many shapes, from the obvious; how could you possibly listen to/drink/watch that junk when my favorite is obviously better, to the near opposite; those idiots in California/New York/France really don't get us here in Peoria/Alaska/Saskatchewan and I don't think they should be telling us how to vote/dress/marry besides it's their loss anyway.
We must discriminate to live a productive life, and I don't even have a problem with thinking that other people's beliefs are wrong, I just feel that we need to stop discounting those opinions without reason. I am not however endorsing relativism, all “truths” are not created equal and what we believe does not make reality. What I am saying is pick your battles. Does it really matter that your best friend drinks a beer that you think is better suited for cleaning rust off of bumpers? Can you really change the mind of the cretin at the office that believes that Strom Thurmond was far too liberal? Will anyone really listen when you rant against the latest pop-tart that can't sing, and would it really matter if they did? You just make yourself sound intolerant.
The point of all this is, if you want to criticize make sure it is worth criticizing. If you can enlighten someone to the incorrectness of the anti-vaccine movement, by all means do. But is it really worth the waste of energy to make fun of someone because they love Journey? I mean really, I like Steve Perry's voice so just get off my back already.