I find most of my fellow new hires do not take their jobs seriously. Or, hide it really well if they actually do. When the group gets to talking about what cars they like, or what movie they recently saw, I tend to get blurry and withdraw to my thoughts.
This is not inherently a malicious action, despite the seething frustration of endurance. I tend to think: “what does any of this have to do with me?” Because when stupid people ACTUALLY KNOW SOMETHING they just can’t wait to hold it over you and make you feel like an idiot for not knowing.
I think this comes primarily from a place of deep insecurity. Similar to the reflex that causes defensiveness and argumentation. But stupid people aren’t good at debating, so what they don’t know already, they lie about. It completes the circuit. Then, these people have confidence, because nothing and no one is smart enough to see through the guise they have made. Ok. Doubtful.
What really happens, is that I realize that YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. You might believe it, but I sure don’t buy what you’re selling. It’s obvious to me, and I could mess with you since I’ve got you all figured out, but I won’t because I’m ABOVE the fray and I won’t play your game like you want me to.
In short, I yearn for justice, but am unlikely to see it done. Delinquency and absent-mindedness pervade.