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    Does being petty stem from insecurity? I see some very dense behavior sometimes and it strikes me curious as to what could make a person act like that. It in no way makes me mad, instead I feel a need to understand more, to take a step back and see the larger purpose in that sort of manifestation. A theory of mine is that pettiness spawns from ignorance of the ego, a total eclipse of the realization of oneness, the metaphoric rally to crucify jesus. This is not restricted to one race, color, or creed, people rich and poor, fat and toned, are all potentially petty in their interaction with their world. Even some who claim to be spiritually aware fall into the petty mindset. So the question lingers, do we need pettiness to balance virtue?

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    Pettiness has little to do with virtue young one.

    Rather pettiness is but a behavior misconduct meant to tease and undo principle.
    Virtue is often compromised by vise.

    The egotism that you speak of and its accompanied intrigue are not only dense but it is a "cover", an implied illusion much like the veil.
    Some call them shield of defense others projections meant to manipulate.

    The question is who are you dealing with when engaging or encountering such pettiness,,? For this requires a situational awareness. An example, pig is unclean by its nature and nurture, yet it is no less clean than dirty but a animal created to be a pig.
    A Silent Master

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    • #3
      Petty... Lack of perspective.
      Being mentally too close to a subject...
      Focusing on secondary issues...
      Stress does this, a kind of perfectionism.
      A need to control... Nit-pick.
      Ego is right - but lack of self esteem
      Value of self is measured by tiny 'wins'
      Regardless if they miss the point..
      Jealousy? Maybe angry they 'lack'
      But that is still Ego/Self Image etc..
      ~~it is no measure of health, to be adjusted to a sick society~~
      ...~~may the bridges I burn light the way~~...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by illuminati View Post
        Pettiness has little to do with virtue young one.

        Rather pettiness is but a behavior misconduct meant to tease and undo principle.
        Virtue is often compromised by vise.

        The egotism that you speak of and its accompanied intrigue are not only dense but it is a "cover", an implied illusion much like the veil.
        Some call them shield of defense others projections meant to manipulate.

        The question is who are you dealing with when engaging or encountering such pettiness,,? For this requires a situational awareness. An example, pig is unclean by its nature and nurture, yet it is no less clean than dirty but a animal created to be a pig.
        Bravo lumi. Very well put. Your eloquence shines in this information. Exactly the response I hoped to receive.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lady Neptune View Post
          Petty... Lack of perspective.
          Being mentally too close to a subject...
          Focusing on secondary issues...
          Stress does this, a kind of perfectionism.
          A need to control... Nit-pick.
          Ego is right - but lack of self esteem
          Value of self is measured by tiny 'wins'
          Regardless if they miss the point..
          Jealousy? Maybe angry they 'lack'
          But that is still Ego/Self Image etc..
          Agreed. It must be that they(us sometimes too) see things on a smaller scale. We sometimes fail to see the bigger perspective of things. Some individuals are new to earth and so they are unaware of the consequence of their self intoxication. Those who have awakened are able to see when their actions contradict their spirit. Everything is in relation to spirit and how far we have progressed as humans. Some may be earlier in their lessons then we others have but they serve to facilitate more awareness in those who know

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          • #6
            Misery loves company, the petty people are usually the same people that are not happy with their life, job, spouse, finances, etc.
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            And if I give but one light to you my life is filled for me.
            But...In your hands you hold a torch for many eyes to see,
            So hold it high that they may light their candlewicks from thee... موم γλυφή !

            - By Faye


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            • #7
              Heh, funny the way energy works. While I was writing a thread about something that I would usually rise above (but have chosen not to),
              You were writing and asking the question why... Trippy. So, as I'm replying to yours I'm thinking how petty I'm being - it was hard to face
              Strange how I asked a question and it was answered with a question...
              Still gonna be petty about my issue though lol
              ~~it is no measure of health, to be adjusted to a sick society~~
              ...~~may the bridges I burn light the way~~...

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              • #8
                Synchronicity

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                • #9
                  pettiness stems from an inherent passive aggressive attitude (read: no balls)-- one wishes to do damage but cannot in a more blatant aggressive manner, so he/she resorts to "pettiness" or things that can be overtly defended as non-petty behavior, but the damage is still done, whether physically or psychologically. that's my impromptu response at least.

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                  • #10
                    I think I am being petty because my whole belief system - my whole life was under attack - for the the most petty reasons!
                    So in a moment of weakness I pulled out the big guns, and in a cruel attack shot holes in their argument using the same petty reasoning.
                    I knew what I was doing. I also knew I could win. It's a weird state of mind being aware of bad behaviour and allowing it to continue to serve a purpose.
                    So to answer the other half of the question about using it to balance virtue?
                    I'm not sure. Is it petty to not beg someone to forgive you? Is it virtuous to allow them to continue blindly assaulting everyone around them?
                    Or is it more virtuous to be petty and leave them to face their own guilt until they take a step back and grow up?
                    Last edited by Lady Neptune; 05-21-2011, 11:03 PM. Reason: Just to be clear this was in no way passive aggressive. We both said what we meant. would be nice if that could absolve me.
                    ~~it is no measure of health, to be adjusted to a sick society~~
                    ...~~may the bridges I burn light the way~~...

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                    • #11
                      some budhist principle can be applied to this everything has a reason to be anyway, pettyness it is like restricting intentionally your mental scope

                      sometime i have a theory like for example, for beggar whatever society you will be in, there will always be poor and rich, begars and kings, there is a kind of spectrum of population that will be present in any society anytime, like a biological harmony, this harmony is reached partially while growing up and finding your place in the society , and all mindset has a need to be present at anytime in any society

                      it remind me a story of barjavel, it is about time travel, and sometime the person go back in time, and kill for example an architect, but when he go back in the present, the building is still there built by another architect, like if some things just had to be in the time frame, and there will always be one person to build it at this time, because there is a kind of pattern that need to be followed, and every mindset is part of this harmony, and this is a sort of global mindset that need to be achieved at a particular time and context to adapt to a situation, and each mindset get more or less influence at a particular time to face a particular problem

                      if you feel offended or disturb by petty ppl, it is probably because you have a form of it yourself, or that you have a form of intelerance towards a mindset, which is not all "zen" or budhist , taoist etc =) but well yes sometime such ppl can be annoying lol


                      but that said yes, after you can also use some pettyness to, if you have a broader view of the matter than what the petty person has in mind, you can easily disturb the mindset they issue from their restricted view, and shake their view a bit, can be risky cause petty person can easily become aggressive or personal when you start to put hole in their view it can easily make them angry, but it is for their good

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                      • #12
                        Lol says the one who's posting.. (Perfect example of pettiness btw. )
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                        • #13
                          Legend - weird how things are tonight...
                          Wonder what's goin on up in the stars...
                          ~~it is no measure of health, to be adjusted to a sick society~~
                          ...~~may the bridges I burn light the way~~...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Eitheror
                            Look at all you losers on a saturday night lmao
                            is this an example of self-deprecating humor?
                            or someone that is delusional?

                            I'm just going to flip a coin on this one.

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                            • #15
                              without pettiness in people... everything would be big deal all the time and that will be exhausting... for a second i thought pettiness was referring to "meekness" aspect of things
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