Tuesday, November 11, 2008

15 - Pulling your chair away as you're about to sit down

I didn't know how much I loathed this age-old prank until I was made a victim of it today. The exact reasoning behind my hate is vague, but I've pondered. Was it the feeling of embarrassment I got after others laughed at my downfall? Was it the fact that my respect for the guy, like myself, had instantaneously fallen so low? Was it the sense of injustice I experienced seeing as I hadn't done anything to disturb his life in the recent past? Or was it just me being over-sensitive on one of those days?

Ah, yes. It was one of those days. A dreary physics class, a very joyless chemistry class, an uneventful Mandarin lesson and a wearisome English class reading Shakespeare's Othello. A boring maths class was all I had to look forward to at the end of the day, and so, a downward drop easily caused my spirit to drop downward too.

I think more than anything, it was the fact that I really didn't do anything to deserve it; unlike our Shakespearean friends Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, I should not have to undergo a downfall without doing anything foolish or unjust. Argh. I'll just sum up my issues with this something rich: pranks are stupid.

I just don't see the point in pranks, or in general, I don't understand humor that comes at the expense of another person's well-being. There probably will be more of these entries concerning various school-based pranks, but, oh, dear God, I hope I don't experience it first-hand.

Do you hate it too? (or did you hate it too?... This probably hasn't happened to people in a while... a long, long, long while...)


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Sal said...

I remember kids doing this at school. I hated it then, and I hate it even more now. Nice blog by the way!

Douglas said...

It happened to me more than once when I was young and I played it on others myself, I am now ashamed to say. Outside of the possible physical pain, the potential psychic damage is not good. One might develop Seatophobia, for instance (Google it sometime)

J.J. in L.A. said...

Do you hate revenge? Because this would be the perfect opportunity. If he asks why you pulled a prank, you can honestly say, "Because you deserved it."