We’re aware that some think we in the Dull Men’s Club are square — we don’t get out much, are not “in-and-trendy,” sometimes feel awkward in social situations.
That’s why, when we saw the headline “Square People, Part 1” by Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times, we wondered whether he was writing about us.
No, he’s not. He’s writing about people who demonstrate in squares — Moscow, Cairo, Istanbul, Kiev, etc. These are actual squares.
There also are the virtual squares. China, Viet Nam, and Saudi Arabia are examples.
It’s in these virtual squares that we have something in common with the Square People — using modern technology to connect with others in our tribes:
• Square People to promote change and challenge authority.
• Dull Men to exchange views about celebrating the ordinary — finding and enjoying things and activities that others may think are mundane, uninteresting, boring.
We do what needs to be done — done to keep things running.
We are clerks, tellers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, bus drivers, mechanics, technicians, gardeners, farmers, and many other kinds of workers.
We don’t complain.We don’t hold demonstrations or marches. We never go on strike.
We are modest, humble, or at least try to be — seldom toot our horns.
We avoid gliz and glam. We are not in-and-trendy. No Rolex watches (Timexes are fine, Swatch if we want to live it up). No gold chains. No Gucci shoes.
We simply get on with it.
We are not square pegs in round holes. We are either square pegs in square holes or round pegs in round holes.
Square pegs in square holes is the most accurate. Square holes remind us more of boxes. Most of the time we think inside, not outside, of the box; inside is where it’s predicable, reliable, safe.
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