November 14, 2003





What recognition do you receive that you hold little regard for?

Insincere flattery.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

In the past I have received honors such as Who's Who and Distinguished American blah blah blah. I have come to discover that these awards have more to do with selling catalogs of names and less with honorable recognition.

Cindy, 41

I hold little regard for recognition by the general public. I value recognition by my professional peers or those who know me well.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

Patronizing compliments and kudos for being a hard worker. I guess because that is something that should be expected of all folks and that anyone can accomplish.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

I treasure kudos and compliments from people I respect and politely suppress shudders at insincere comments from people with poor ethics and limited sense.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA


Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

don't know. Being a woman with just a BA and all, I don't get all that much excessive recognition. When I was living with my parents, though, I used to get the recognition of being a doctor's daughter. I didn't care too much about that. I also occasionally meet people who know my brothers and assume I have things in common with them that I don't, which is a little weird
but not necessarily awful.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

Some of the stupid awards that my websites have won, that appear to be given to anyone with a website. Also some of the empty praise that comes from some co-workers, who I know have no clue what I really do, or only say it to "keep me happy and here."

Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

i hold little regard for recognition given for something i was supposed to do. like graduation. there was all this hoopla about graduating. i feel that there are certain things that people are supposed to do. recognition is not required for those things. recognition should be saved for when people go beyond their normal and expected efforts and duties to achieve something. good or bad.

i recognize those few people who did the most horrible things because of their effort. these people were definitely determined in their evil. i just think what if they had used that same determination for something good. imagine what could have happened then. i see the power they had and even though it was used for evil it still was there and it shows what we lazy people can have if we put some effort into something worth it.

i was always recognized for being smart, getting good grades, knowing everthing, helping everyone, being kind hearted, and blah blah blah. all of this praise was wasted on me because i felt that i should be like this and it wasnt a big deal.

i did nothing special and i hardly put any effort into any of it. it just came natural. thats nothing to be given praise for. people praise my older brother for being there for his daughter. that
doesnt deserve recognition. that is what he is supposed to do.

we have let everyone slack off so much that now we praise people for doing what they should be doing. its very rare for someone to go beyond their means nowadays to accomplish something.

that should have the highest recognition but usually its the opposite. we are really twisted and lazy people.

Ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA US

How generous people say I am.

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

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