I used to dread that question. It still makes me feel uncomfortable, but I’m more prepared for it nowadays.
It seems to be the common short-cut to quickly finding out as much as possible about someone – which would have had survival benefits for our ancestors; but in modern times it seems to be the standard question asked when someone wants to know:
How do you make money?
How much money do you make?
How skilled or intelligent are you?
How successful are you?
Are you superior to me?
Do we have any common ground?
When I was a [Read more…]