What makes a person be deemed a NOBODY in terms of societal judgments & assessments?
In American society & culture, there are people who are considered to be quite inconsequential, insignificant, even personae non gratae. If not by their parents/families, they are considered such by their peers, teachers, other adult figures, even by their coworkers & bosses. Those in the lower socioeconomic classes are oftentimes viewed as powerless nobodies. People who do not hold high powered, visible or professional positions are seen as nobodies in many societies. Children who are not popular are also considered to be nobodies, even outcasts.
People tend to place value on others based upon what he/she can do for them. Even if the other person simply looks beautiful. The fact that they are with "this individual" elevates their status. Everyone wants to associate with people who have "something" going for themselves! We all the capacity to improve our "marketability".
We also place value on those who have accomplished things we'd like to accomplish as well as admire those who have a certain "talent". Musicians, actors, authors, dancers, comedians, and "motivational speakers" are valued for how they make us (feel).
In America what counts most for a lot of folks is who/what you know, what you do, what you own, what you look like, and how people feel when they're around you. If you've got nothing they want or admire you're nothing to them.
Having said that history is filled with so called "nobodies" that became rich and famous "somebodies". It's not where you start off that matters but where you end up that matters most.
I wish I knew! It's not always a matter of money or position, because some poor people have a way of carrying themselves with authority. On the other hand, it's common for "nobodies" to never get ahead.
Kids at school often gang up on one person, for no particular reason. If the kid is smart, he is a "geek"; if he's not smart, he's an idiot. Girls can get attacked for being "ugly", but if she's not, then she's a snob. I heard a story once about a high school girl others were jealous of, so they tore off her clothes and made her walk home naked through a ghetto.
You can't even call it racism, because most incidents I've witnessed happen within the same race.
All I can say is, as long as this sort of thing goes on, we will have Columbine High school type shootings.
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