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Here's the saddest part. There will always be people who are closed minded to anything that they don't understand. There are so many people out there that will not accept you and "try" to make fun of you for whatever your hobby of choice happens to be.

The key word there is "try." I'm assuming this kid knows about your brick obsession. If that's the case, your first question that you should ask yourself is, is this guy important enough to me for it to matter what he thinks? Most likely the answer is no. He's some kid at school that's trying too get the best of you and he can see that it obviously bothers you when he pokes fun. Easiest way to handle it is like this...

"Hey punk, Lego is for immature nerds!"

Your answer: "Wow... if your opinion mattered that might have bothered me a little." then walk away.

The BEST thing to do however is simply ignore him. I don't mean turn tale and run when he starts in. Simply ignore what he said and move on to the next subject.

"Hey lego nerd!"

"You wouldn't happen to have the math homework assignment do you?"

"I called you a lego nerd... NERD."

"I wonder what's on the lunch menu today?"

Eventually, he'll get sick of not getting a rise out of you and move on to someone who's an easier target.

Like I said at the begining, there's so many people out there who can't and won't understand that people out there enjoy things that they don't. Everything from reading comics, to sci fi movies, to role playing games, to Ren Fairs to video games... The list goes on and on. You can either love what you love and the rest of the world can go spit, or you can let them make your decisions for you.

Anyone who says that "everyone who does X hobby is a nerd and strange" is a closed minded fool.

Now I'm the one that's gone off on a tangent... dont try to directly "reply" to this comment because it'll have to go to moderation and I might not be back to check for a couple of days.

Hope that helped a bit. Good luck to you. Do what you choose, not what others choose for you.

~Chris.
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| December 24, 2009, 1:53 am
Quoting Brady G
I have recently met a person who absolutly DESPISES lego.
They claim all that lego is about is a bunch of smiling little men, colorful bricks, happy-happy, joy-joy band of little kids.

I'd like to ask you two things:

I've never found myself in a fight or debate I couldn't get out of (verbal or physical, give or take a few.) But this situation has me stumped. I picture myself talking to him, taking a deep breath, raising a finger, waiting a moment, letting it out, and watching him walk away. Anyone have any advice here?

And two; On the first opinion, obviously the... Er, more "intelligent" side of the LEGO world hasn't shown themselves to the disaproving eyes of "regular" men who instead of sitting there with pieces of plastic, think of a sunday well spent is sitting around in 0░ weather, cheering on some sports team, topless with their chests painted blue.
Sure once in a while there's a brick art convention that they might just happen to see, but they probably think that's just some 50 year old guy still living with his parents.
That's what I'm getting at, you see? I remember I once made a giant bionicle to school a few years back when that was the "thing" with kids, and I guess you could say with that one act of creativity and a short explanation of how it was 100x more fun than hockey cards, I won over a least 7 people to lego. I mean, take a model to work, church, whatever, it just bugs me that we seem to be looked upon with disaproval because of our "immature" hobby.
Well, maybe not in the States, but I know I'm often ridiculed for my love of the brick.

I'm quite off topic now so I guess I'll just shut it now.


Hey I know a ton of people school who do not like Legos, and some of them make fun of me.
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| December 24, 2009, 6:40 am
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Maybe it's easier as an abult. I don't particularly care if someone else doesn't like my Lego hobby (although the exception to that would be my wife...I do wish she was more comfotable with it, but that's a whole other issue). Anyway, if they don't like it, that's fine...I'm not asking them to.

I remember in school, though, I felt more pressure to be liked, or to fit in some way. But now I'm not ashamed of my own interests, regardless of how silly others might think it is. These interests are mine, not theirs, and I'm free to do what I like as long as it's not harmful to anyone or breaking any laws.

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| December 24, 2009, 7:16 am
Quoting Brady G

Well, maybe not in the States, but I know I'm often ridiculed for my love of the brick.

There's quit a few people like that here in the states.
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| December 24, 2009, 8:15 am
Lego is really healthy for the mind in my opinion. It is alot more creative and mentally stimulating than a video game, or TV (not that I don't enjoy those things) Because it makes the user use his or her imagination to come up with thier own form of entertainment. Lego also inspires kids (and adults?) to become the engineers and architects our future depends on, I know i was and still am inspired to be an engineer. All those nay-sayers and lego non believers who can't see past the plastic don't matter. What matters is who you are, and where you're going because of the brick.
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| December 24, 2009, 11:33 am
Quoting Brady G
I have recently met a person who absolutly DESPISES lego.
They claim all that lego is about is a bunch of smiling little men, colorful bricks, happy-happy, joy-joy band of little kids.

I'd like to ask you two things:

I've never found myself in a fight or debate I couldn't get out of (verbal or physical, give or take a few.) But this situation has me stumped. I picture myself talking to him, taking a deep breath, raising a finger, waiting a moment, letting it out, and watching him walk away. Anyone have any advice here?

And two; On the first opinion, obviously the... Er, more "intelligent" side of the LEGO world hasn't shown themselves to the disaproving eyes of "regular" men who instead of sitting there with pieces of plastic, think of a sunday well spent is sitting around in 0░ weather, cheering on some sports team, topless with their chests painted blue.
Sure once in a while there's a brick art convention that they might just happen to see, but they probably think that's just some 50 year old guy still living with his parents.
That's what I'm getting at, you see? I remember I once made a giant bionicle to school a few years back when that was the "thing" with kids, and I guess you could say with that one act of creativity and a short explanation of how it was 100x more fun than hockey cards, I won over a least 7 people to lego. I mean, take a model to work, church, whatever, it just bugs me that we seem to be looked upon with disaproval because of our "immature" hobby.
Well, maybe not in the States, but I know I'm often ridiculed for my love of the brick.

I'm quite off topic now so I guess I'll just shut it now.


Meh, I just keep my hobby to myself. If someone's over and we enter the lil' LEGO area in my basement, I just quickly say, "Oh, and those are my LEGOs." and continue our conversation before they can reply. Now sure, a couple close friends know about my passion for plastic, but they couldn't really care less.
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| December 24, 2009, 12:02 pm
Quoting Brady G
Woah, woah, woah. Who said anything about bullying? I know for FACT I'm the largest boy in the grade.
But that aside, here's how my grade kinda works;

We have our Barbies, the MYV addicts who really aren't that bright. People usaly avoid them.
We have our jocks, the sports freaks.
We have the kids who still watch Teletoon.
We have a few assorted austictic and disabled kids,
And we have the LEGO group.
The lego group consists of me and 4 of my friends. Coiencidentally, we're also the group with the higest grades.
The child I was talking about fits 50/50 into the disabled/jock group. Even though most of the jocks (or supposedly "cool" kids) tend to ignore him, he is the only boy in the grade where he's on the negative side of the opinion ajacent to LEGO.

My class is similar but there aren't even enough kids to fill all those spots :p
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| December 24, 2009, 1:41 pm
Quoting Brady G
I have recently met a person who absolutly DESPISES lego.
They claim all that lego is about is a bunch of smiling little men, colorful bricks, happy-happy, joy-joy band of little kids.

I'd like to ask you two things:

I've never found myself in a fight or debate I couldn't get out of (verbal or physical, give or take a few.) But this situation has me stumped. I picture myself talking to him, taking a deep breath, raising a finger, waiting a moment, letting it out, and watching him walk away. Anyone have any advice here?

And two; On the first opinion, obviously the... Er, more "intelligent" side of the LEGO world hasn't shown themselves to the disaproving eyes of "regular" men who instead of sitting there with pieces of plastic, think of a sunday well spent is sitting around in 0░ weather, cheering on some sports team, topless with their chests painted blue.
Sure once in a while there's a brick art convention that they might just happen to see, but they probably think that's just some 50 year old guy still living with his parents.
That's what I'm getting at, you see? I remember I once made a giant bionicle to school a few years back when that was the "thing" with kids, and I guess you could say with that one act of creativity and a short explanation of how it was 100x more fun than hockey cards, I won over a least 7 people to lego. I mean, take a model to work, church, whatever, it just bugs me that we seem to be looked upon with disaproval because of our "immature" hobby.
Well, maybe not in the States, but I know I'm often ridiculed for my love of the brick.

I'm quite off topic now so I guess I'll just shut it now.



I would show them all the cool stuff that has been built with legos. I'm sure that would shock 'em enough for submission. :P
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| December 24, 2009, 8:01 pm
Quoting Brady G
I have recently met a person who absolutly DESPISES lego.
They claim all that lego is about is a bunch of smiling little men, colorful bricks, happy-happy, joy-joy band of little kids.

I'd like to ask you two things:

I've never found myself in a fight or debate I couldn't get out of (verbal or physical, give or take a few.) But this situation has me stumped. I picture myself talking to him, taking a deep breath, raising a finger, waiting a moment, letting it out, and watching him walk away. Anyone have any advice here?

And two; On the first opinion, obviously the... Er, more "intelligent" side of the LEGO world hasn't shown themselves to the disaproving eyes of "regular" men who instead of sitting there with pieces of plastic, think of a sunday well spent is sitting around in 0░ weather, cheering on some sports team, topless with their chests painted blue.
Sure once in a while there's a brick art convention that they might just happen to see, but they probably think that's just some 50 year old guy still living with his parents.
That's what I'm getting at, you see? I remember I once made a giant bionicle to school a few years back when that was the "thing" with kids, and I guess you could say with that one act of creativity and a short explanation of how it was 100x more fun than hockey cards, I won over a least 7 people to lego. I mean, take a model to work, church, whatever, it just bugs me that we seem to be looked upon with disaproval because of our "immature" hobby.
Well, maybe not in the States, but I know I'm often ridiculed for my love of the brick.

I'm quite off topic now so I guess I'll just shut it now.

Show him the massive army of Halo kiddies.
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| December 25, 2009, 11:44 am
Quoting Ryan T.
Show him the massive army of Halo kiddies.

Wouldn't help, all those halo kiddies are 5 year olds (or so they seem, if they're older, than wow).
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| December 25, 2009, 1:39 pm
Quoting King Borether
Wouldn't help, all those halo kiddies are 5 year olds (or so they seem, if they're older, than wow).

Alot of the Halo MOCs aren't that bad.
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| December 25, 2009, 2:09 pm
Quoting King Borether
Wouldn't help, all those halo kiddies are 5 year olds (or so they seem, if they're older, than wow).

Well, then there is still the post-apoc TFOLs to count on. Honestly, I've seen so many 2012 MOCs that it's driving me nuts. Just because the Aztec calander ends.... I bet the guy who wrote it decided Halo kiddies would take over the world by then, and overrun it with Warthogs.
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| December 25, 2009, 3:03 pm
Quoting Brady G
I have recently met a person who absolutly DESPISES lego.
They claim all that lego is about is a bunch of smiling little men, colorful bricks, happy-happy, joy-joy band of little kids.

I'd like to ask you two things:

I've never found myself in a fight or debate I couldn't get out of (verbal or physical, give or take a few.) But this situation has me stumped. I picture myself talking to him, taking a deep breath, raising a finger, waiting a moment, letting it out, and watching him walk away. Anyone have any advice here?

And two; On the first opinion, obviously the... Er, more "intelligent" side of the LEGO world hasn't shown themselves to the disaproving eyes of "regular" men who instead of sitting there with pieces of plastic, think of a sunday well spent is sitting around in 0░ weather, cheering on some sports team, topless with their chests painted blue.
Sure once in a while there's a brick art convention that they might just happen to see, but they probably think that's just some 50 year old guy still living with his parents.
That's what I'm getting at, you see? I remember I once made a giant bionicle to school a few years back when that was the "thing" with kids, and I guess you could say with that one act of creativity and a short explanation of how it was 100x more fun than hockey cards, I won over a least 7 people to lego. I mean, take a model to work, church, whatever, it just bugs me that we seem to be looked upon with disaproval because of our "immature" hobby.
Well, maybe not in the States, but I know I'm often ridiculed for my love of the brick.

I'm quite off topic now so I guess I'll just shut it now.

I've got to say though, you're awfully lucky someone, not to mention four, likes Lego in your class.
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| December 25, 2009, 3:04 pm
Quoting Brady G
I have recently met a person who absolutly DESPISES lego.
They claim all that lego is about is a bunch of smiling little men, colorful bricks, happy-happy, joy-joy band of little kids.

I'd like to ask you two things:

I've never found myself in a fight or debate I couldn't get out of (verbal or physical, give or take a few.) But this situation has me stumped. I picture myself talking to him, taking a deep breath, raising a finger, waiting a moment, letting it out, and watching him walk away. Anyone have any advice here?

And two; On the first opinion, obviously the... Er, more "intelligent" side of the LEGO world hasn't shown themselves to the disaproving eyes of "regular" men who instead of sitting there with pieces of plastic, think of a sunday well spent is sitting around in 0░ weather, cheering on some sports team, topless with their chests painted blue.
Sure once in a while there's a brick art convention that they might just happen to see, but they probably think that's just some 50 year old guy still living with his parents.
That's what I'm getting at, you see? I remember I once made a giant bionicle to school a few years back when that was the "thing" with kids, and I guess you could say with that one act of creativity and a short explanation of how it was 100x more fun than hockey cards, I won over a least 7 people to lego. I mean, take a model to work, church, whatever, it just bugs me that we seem to be looked upon with disaproval because of our "immature" hobby.
Well, maybe not in the States, but I know I'm often ridiculed for my love of the brick.

I'm quite off topic now so I guess I'll just shut it now.

Smack the boy kid and run like never before. Or swear in his face AND slap him. You can do this- (Insert Word here) YOU! Or this- Son of a (Insert word here)! Or an other verbal/physical meanness. OOH! Kick him in the _____!
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| December 26, 2009, 11:59 am
I think Kelso may be right that it gets easier with time.

During my 20 year dark age, I always gave a stock answer when asked how I became interested in my engineering career: "I liked playing with Legos as a kid, and never really stopped." That answer always drew a knowing smile.

After discovering MOCpages a few months ago, I have taken over a dozen people (ages 9 to 75) with no interest in Legos on a tour of what I've discovered here. Only 2 of them failed to be delighted for at least 15 minutes. Some spent quite a while giving suggestions of what I could make in the future, even though their own interest ended with our conversation. That's not too bad.
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| September 24, 2010, 3:04 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Here's the saddest part. There will always be people who are closed minded to anything that they don't understand. There are so many people out there that will not accept you and "try" to make fun of you for whatever your hobby of choice happens to be.

The key word there is "try." I'm assuming this kid knows about your brick obsession. If that's the case, your first question that you should ask yourself is, is this guy important enough to me for it to matter what he thinks? Most likely the answer is no. He's some kid at school that's trying too get the best of you and he can see that it obviously bothers you when he pokes fun. Easiest way to handle it is like this...

"Hey punk, Lego is for immature nerds!"

Your answer: "Wow... if your opinion mattered that might have bothered me a little." then walk away.

The BEST thing to do however is simply ignore him. I don't mean turn tale and run when he starts in. Simply ignore what he said and move on to the next subject.

"Hey lego nerd!"

"You wouldn't happen to have the math homework assignment do you?"

"I called you a lego nerd... NERD."

"I wonder what's on the lunch menu today?"

Eventually, he'll get sick of not getting a rise out of you and move on to someone who's an easier target.

Like I said at the begining, there's so many people out there who can't and won't understand that people out there enjoy things that they don't. Everything from reading comics, to sci fi movies, to role playing games, to Ren Fairs to video games... The list goes on and on. You can either love what you love and the rest of the world can go spit, or you can let them make your decisions for you.

Anyone who says that "everyone who does X hobby is a nerd and strange" is a closed minded fool.

Now I'm the one that's gone off on a tangent... dont try to directly "reply" to this comment because it'll have to go to moderation and I might not be back to check for a couple of days.

Hope that helped a bit. Good luck to you. Do what you choose, not what others choose for you.

~Chris.

I'm really sorry for the long reply but most of my friends don't care what others like.
Even some of them play with LEGO themselves!
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| September 24, 2010, 5:07 pm
I'm homeschooled, so I don't deal with jerks like in school right now. I have my friends, and most of them like Legos aswell. I don't care if somebody thinks they're immature or st°°pid, because I either would ingnore them, or if I HAD to reply, I have enough wit to atleast judge what THEY like and see how they like it.
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| September 24, 2010, 5:54 pm
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