My name is GeekErgoSum and I have an addiction, I’m not sure whether it is to bacon, computer games, the internet, Vimto or the myriad of other things I like too much but I feel in today’s society I must be addicted to something. Perhaps I am addicted to addictions and need an intervention.
Being British being outspoken about such things is not de rigeur, it’s the stiff upper lip and all that, so we carry on regardless until we make the decision to tackle our problems. If we defeat our demons the appropriate celebration is a well-deserved cup of tea.
We are not used to talking about our problems, least of all approaching others to offer our help. Can you imagine such a thing? Telling another person they are doing something wrong, which is why I find interventions so funny.
To me the intervention is as American as cherry pie; a British attempt at this would end up as either an endless round of apologising or an all out brawl. They would inevitably fail due to two reasons:
One, it relies upon those calling the intervention to speak out there true feelings in front of everyone, being honest and open and being happy to break the status quo. This kind of cultural attitude was knocked out of us in antiquity; we accepted Roman, Saxon and Norman invasions because we didn’t want to cause a fuss and rock the boat. The reason we have spent centuries fighting the French was because we didn’t want any of that emotional vie spreading here.
Two, it relies on the intervenee also opening up and listening to others and taking on board what is said. Yet, conversely we Brits don’t actually like being told what to do by others. We mock those in authority, and resist being told what is good for us as the nanny state.
Any intervention is destined to be unsuccessful due to the stringency between both parties, neither they or I want to discuss my problems. If I wanted to tell you there was something wrong you would know as I would have already not told you what it was.
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