I once saw an interview with Sean Connery. I had always liked him, and he just seemed to get more handsome with age. Then the interviewer asked him what he disliked most in people, and his response floored me, "Ignorance. I can't stand ignorant people." And I have never liked him since. I'm not fond of willfully ignorant people either, with the key word being willfully. But what I abhor more is arrogance and condescension. These are behaviours learned in adolescence and always strike me as immature. I know I was sure guilty of the know-it-all disease at that age.
Yesterday, I was waiting for the bus on a four foot snow bank. When the bus arrived, I had to make a short leap to the bus entrance from the snow bank. Since my feet were snowy, I slipped and fell flat on my face next to the bus driver. The bus driver asked if I was okay, and I quickly said yes and stood up and brushed myself off. From the back of the bus, I heard cackling and when I looked up, three very old people were carrying on and they shouted out, "It's not god, just the bus driver!" "Easter is still two weeks away!" Apparently it looked like I had bowed down before a priest. They got such a kick out of it, I couldn't help but laugh along with them.