The Culture of the Complainer

Complaining would appear to be a very British trait. It's only when engrained in another culture for a while do you see that whilst it does happen all over the world about various things, it's the British who can complain about pretty much anything, to any degree, even in the face of rampant hypocrisy.
The easiest example to pull out of day to day life is the ardent complaining of the weather that takes place up and down the country in almost every commute, in every town, and in every office. It's too cold, too windy, too warm, not warm enough, too sunny, too much work and too little work. It was suggested by Ford Prefect, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "field researcher" in Douglas Adams' book of the same name (that I've mentioned a few times here and there), that human's had to keep talking about banal stuff to stop their mouths from locking together – he later abandoned this theory in favour of a different one: that it was to stop our brains from thinking.

I actually favour the second postulation to the first. The reason I think that this might be the correct one is that the level of complaining that you encounter must be correlated to people not fully grasping what they are saying. A great example of this is when people complain about where they live, or work. Complaining about working is a little more bearable when it comes to it, as there are a hundred thousand more chances to be mildly annoyed on a daily basis (by my current estimate) at work and that is sometimes a way of venting rather than just complaining – but living in Aberdeen you are bombarded by people belittling where they live.

My friends were not immune, but at least did something about it – Steven left and Shayan found himself a lady (one of the best reasons to stay anywhere, natch). It is when I hear of people who have made a home in the city complaining about living here that makes me tut and shake my head. I actually really like it in Aberdeen. It took a long time, sure, and it also took me to leave to realise that I wanted to come back, but it has everything I like in a city and more in some cases. The exact details of these criteria are for another post, however.

When hearing of a couple starting a new family in the city, or moving here to live it smacks of ludicrous idiocy to just settle in somewhere that you don't like. I have been asked loads of times if I enjoyed Houston – the answer is, of course, yes, because I really did. But when asked the similar and leading question of "Did you want to come back" or "Did you want to stay" my answer is "Yes" and "No" – that is a different question to saying if I enjoyed it, but wanting to stay is entirely different basis.
In response to my answer I have had people being incredulous, dismissive, and unbelieving of my answer. "Really, Aberdeen?" and I wince almost every time – there's a lot to like about Aberdeen and a lot to dislike, sure, like almost every place in the world. As I said before, just because I don't want to live in Texas doesn't mean that it's wrong for others to want to or that I am dismissing the city entirely, but to suggest to me that I am a little bit crazy to want to live in the city I want to live in when you yourself works and lives in the city feels a little circular and backwards, in my mind.

I suppose people projecting their own annoyances and opinions on to people is nothing new – I am trying to stop my self from doing it almost daily, being one of those tossers that sometimes thinks their opinion is the right answer above all else. I am trying to work on that annoying personality trait but it's a hard one to erode out.  I just despair when someone complains about something that is quite easily changed - like their location.

Do not point out the irony of me complaining about people complaining – it'll blow up the internet.