I admit, I love my stuffed animals. They're the best.
Some of them have been with me for years and I have them proudly displayed in different spots around my apartment. And when I've packed them for a move, I've done so with all the tender loving care I can muster.
What is it about them that stirs up these feelings?
Believe it or not, it's quite possible to form emotional attachments to inanimate objects!
People told us all about their own feelings after Redditor MoneySquare5734 asked the online community:
"People of Reddit, what weird sympathies do you have towards inanimate objects?"
"Computers when someone's throwing a fit or tantrum over something like a game lag, buffering or general software issues. Like dude, get angry at the real cause not the hardware thats essentially just the messenger."
We really mistreat our hardware sometimes, don't we? Going to apologize to my computer now.
"I think we're okay now..."
"I once slapped my iPad when it was being slow, then instinctively hugged it and apologised afterwards. I think we’re okay now but the level of trust definitely isn’t what it used to be."
Serves you right! You have a lot to make up for!
"I have way too much emotion..."
"I have way too much emotion invested in my Roomba. Especially as I only have one charging station, so when it's running in my living room/hallway, it can never get back to base as there's a step in the way."
"Usually feel guilty when I come home and find it stuck in some corner, knowing that it literally ran until exhaustion trying to find its home."
I do not have a Roomba but my friend has one and I think he has the opposite reaction. I think he mistreats his!
"All my dollar bills..."
"All my dollar bills need to face up in my wallet, otherwise I get the feeling those Georges and Lincolns are uncomfortable."
I think I do this too. I did not ask to be attacked like this.
"If I see..."
"If I see a really ugly plush toy at a thrift store, I feel compelled to buy it because I feel like it will just get thrown away. So now I have quite a few ugly plushies. I love them."
Aww, they now have a home with you and they must be so happy!
"I guess in general..."
"Abandoned toys. I guess in general I just feel so bad for any inanimate object that is no longer serving its purpose."
How many toys end up in the dump each year, I wonder? And how many of them are plotting their revenge as we speak?
"So I transferred everything..."
"I got a new cellphone not too long ago. So I transfered everything to my new phone but I didn't turn off the old phone afterward."
"This happened late on a Sunday and the next morning my old phone still rang to wake me up and I was somewhat sad that it still thought it was my current phone and that it still had the duty to wake me in the morning."
The feelings this stirred up... I did not know it was possible to feel this way!
"I am very appreciative..."
"Sometimes I give my car a pat on the dashboard and say thank you. It has carried me so many thousands of miles and i am safe. I am very appreciative of its hard work."
Aww. I don't have a car, but I get this! And your car appreciates YOU!
"When I was a kid..."
"When I was a kid I spent a whole afternoon feeding pebbles to a small drain outside my house because I thought it was hungry."
Okay, this is cute – and totally something a little kid would do!
"There's a thing I call..."
"There’s a thing I call 'mechanical empathy.' If you emotionally attach to your bike or car you’ll be kinder and more gentle to it."
"Some people are really rough on cars and other machinery, it’s painful to drive with them."
I was in a car recently with a driver who got a bad case of road rage and just slammed her hands on the dashboard whenever she was upset. That poor car!
Who knew we could feel so attached to the inanimate objects around us? Humans are fascinating creatures. We're capable of a lot of love and empathy, even for the smallest things.
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Sympathizing with people who are suffering is a part of human nature, it comes naturally to many people.
It can be really hard to dredge up that sincere sympathy when the person is 100% responsible for the crappy situation they found themselves in
Reddit user Boss31112 asked:
"What do you have no sympathy for?"
The Sign Is There To Protect You
People who ignore signs and warnings at zoos and get mauled.
Or people who disregard fences and signs at places like the Grand Canyon.
Just Leave Animals Alone
People who taunt animals and then get bit.
Every time I hear about one of those stories I'm reminded of the Chris Rock line.
Chris Rock on Siegfried and Roy - Everybody's saying that tiger went crazy. That tiger ain't go crazy; that tiger went tiger! You know when he was really crazy? When he was riding around on a unicycle with a Hitler helmet on!
Yeah because then after the people get that they blame it on the animals and we tell everyone and then someone’s most likely going to kill the animal for biting someone even though it’s not the animals fault
That's Not What Family Means
People who abuse family and then try to use the word family to create a cult that you can never leave or disagree with.
AKA: a toxic work environment tactic 😑
HAHA I told my boss today “I don’t allow my biological family to speak to me that way and so why would I be ok with a manager treating me that way “ it left us in a deafening silence
Everyone Else is Tired And Cranky
People who lose their sh*t on planes and abuse staff/passengers….should be fined for every hour of everyone’s time they waste if flight is delayed/stopped and never allowed to fly again.
Leave Our Elders Alone!
Television Evangelists who prey on their elderly viewers. "touch the tv with your right hand, and use the phone in your left hand to donate, Jesus will heal you" BULLSH*T!
Those televangelists follow the model of "prosperity gospel" in which they believe that wealth is a sign of God's favor, and that by simply believing and praying for money—in addition to donating copious amounts of money to various Christian ministries—is what will take you there.
Last week one of those b*stards claimed that Jesus hasn't come back, because THEY DIDN'T GIVE HIM ENOUGH MONEY!
Didn’t Jesus chase money changers out of the temple?
I no longer have expectations of logic and rationality for these people.
It's Not Entry Level If You Need Years Of Experience
Companies who publicly whine that nobody is applying for their jobs or wants to work anymore, but doesn't think anyone without a bachelor's, 3-5 years of experience, and mastery of two coding languages is worth considering for an entry level job that pays minimum wage and doesn't offer health insurance. F**k those guys.
Accountability Is Key
People who lack any accountability for their actions & decisions.
This b*tch was in my team. We were making a project for college. For four months I worked my @ss off. She kept telling me, she's working and at the end it out turned she completely wasted those four months. Had to drop the project and salvage whatever I did in that time. She got credited as well cuz she was in my team.
And now for the final year, this girl had the audacity to come running to me for another project. I declined. I requested her to find someone else and she was shocked. When I told her the obvious she was butthurt. She kept blaming others for her mistake. F**k that.
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Animal and child abusers. They can all vanish. I won't ask questions.
People who abuse disabled and elderly people too. Anyone who preys upon a vulnerable population. Downright disgusting.
Connections Shouldn't Get You A Pass
Anyone that gets away with crime just because they have connections.
To add, anyone who commits a crime because they think they’ll get away with it because they have connections.
Pranks Gone Wrong
YouTubers that try to prank people for likes…
When I lived in Orange County I met the guy who does the Venice Beach shampoo "prank" (he just pours shampoo on people using the showers on the beach) during jury duty and he was as annoying as one might imagine.
For anyone who feels compelled to watch or do this stuff: pouring shampoo, soap, detergents etc or spraying perfume on strangers is no joke. People can have deadly allergies to this stuff. I have someone close to me that regularly needs to get driven to the emergency room ASAP because of this. I often joke that we should get a frequent visitor discount but seriously it's been way too close on more than one occasion.
Abuse Is Never Okay
Carry In, Carry Out
People that litter
Unpopular opinion (in the backwater I live in) but: cigarette butts are litter, too
Dangerous litter, in many areas of the country. One of the most common human causes of wildfires.
Don't Take Advantage
People who take advantage of empathy
God, I feel this so damn much. I can be an extremely empathetic and emotional person sometimes. Yet, it sucks because I always have to keep it in check as people will absolutely take advantage of it with their plight and sob stories to get something out of me.
Willingly stupid or ignorant people.
For me what's worse is the people who know the truth and are actively spreading misinformation to the stupid and ignorant people to manipulate them for their own benefit
You Have Turn Signals For A Reason
You're driving a giant death machine and refuse to use your blinkers, tailgate, and risk your life to make an exit, all to save 2 minutes. I might feel sympathy for your passengers, but if your face hits the pavement or you road rage the wrong person I don't feel bad for you.
Doesn't even save them time. The tailgating causes traffic jams. Leaving adequate room speeds up both you and every car around you.
You Don't Have To Have Kids
Bad parenting. Toxic or cruel or neglecting. You don't have to have kids. So love them and do right by them or just don't have them.
This. I know i wouldn't make a good parent. So I'm simply not having kids.
Don't Do That
People who cheat on their partner. F**k em.
No, don't do that.
The Window Open Isn't Enough
Adults that smoke in cars with children. F**k you
Go back to the late 80's and [yell at] my mom for me. I'm pretty sure I have that to blame for my asthma. The one time I brought it up as an adult her defense was "I aLwAyS rOlLeD tHe WiNdOwS dOwN".
The people who decide and allow medications that are necessary to live to be expensive.
or to cost anything for that matter
Eyes On The Road
Texting while driving.
I had an acquaintance come by recently and complain about an expensive ticket she had gotten for texting while driving. I definitely did not sympathize, and was shocked that the other people there did. IMO her license should have been suspended.
Edit to add: she had been looking at a Tiktok of a relative’s cute child when she was ticketed.
It's pretty easy to understand why folks would have any sympathy for those listed, who all brought their situations upon themeselves.
Villains are generally supposed to be horrid and reviled by the audience, who usually see them through the eyes of the hero of the story. Not all villains are particularly villainous, however.
Some are fairly relatable from the start, while others grow throughout the story and become more sympathetic over time.
Still others seem more relatable as we get older and learn how the real world works.
Reddit user NorthCatan asked the denizens of r/AskReddit for info on the villains they sympathize with most.
Carrie - cause when you're a sixteen year old teenager girl and everyone treats you like sh*t for no reason and when it's prom and you find out you win prom queen but it's just a cruel joke and pig blood is dumped on you , who wouldn't do what she did.
Jason - being bullied by a group of kids cause of how you look then pushed into a lake and drown when counsellors are supposed to help you.
Galactus, The Devourer of Worlds. He destroys worlds and saps up the life-force of entire populations but after all he's just an integral part of the universe and as required as other primal forces.
Sandman from Spider-Man 3. Yes, he killed Uncle Ben, but damn. His last scene in the movie makes me emotional when I remember it. Dude just wanted to help his daughter, man. His confession with Peter just shows how remorseful he is for doing that to Peter.
Robby Rotten. How dare that damn Sportacus try to get me off the couch and be active!!!
" Way deep down inside, what does Robbie really think about the residents of LazyTown?"
"I wish I could be their friend"
Jack Nicholson in "As Good as it Gets."
People don't understand how bad real OCD is and how it changes people and the pain they suffer.
If you hate which side of the bed you sleep on and think it's OCD, maybe it is, but you have no idea how bad it gets.
Spoilers for a 24 year old movie ahead. The villain from "The Rock", General Hummel, was just trying to secure military benefits for his soldiers killed in black ops authorized by the US government. This money was supposed to come from a slush fund from illegal weapon sales also perpetrated by the government itself, AND his threat against San Francisco was initially a bluff. He was basically trying to look after his men,but became desperate after exhausting the proper channels.
General Hummel was an antihero, rather than a villain. I think he was probably one of the most conflicted (and well written/performed) movie antagonists of the nineties.
The Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy killed her sister, stole her shoes and refused to give them back
The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3, because she was only a villain because she had to be. That was the role assigned to her. She was loyal to her mission and to her country until the very end.
"Snake, history will never know what she did. No one will ever learn the truth. Her story... her debriefing, will endure only in your heart. Everything she did, she did for her country. She sacrificed her life and her honor for her native land. She was a real hero. She was a true patriot."
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Whaa? Nobody has said Wile E Coyote?? That poor guy's entire purpose in life is to fail
Doofenshmirtz, he was a hard working man in a difficult childhood always being overshadowed by his younger brother and a baking soda volcano. He has broke the boundaries of science that almost seems impossible but is ignored throughout his career as a scientist. As every man does, he seems to have trouble finding a place in the world, so he tries to commit to poetry only for that dream to be snatched away and crushed in front of him. He was a man with a vision, a dream to take control of a small government, to change the lives of many surroundings and many people. But desperate times call for desperate measures as he's forced to take drastic measures to fulfill his dreams. He wanted to be a loving father and give his child the childhood he never had. He was a visionary at his time that society didn't allow which demonizes him to a gross pulsating image of a man that could've brought hope and light to a better future.
Pain/Nagato. He was being manipulated from the very start, lost his parents and friends to a war being fought in his village, and thought his whole mission was to change the world when in reality it was just to do someone else's dirty work
Zuko. My first time watching, even before his arc, it was just so heart wrenching seeing him doing everything just to be loved and accepted by his people, his father.
Kronk. The man just pulled the wrong lever...
Captain Hook must remember
Not to scratch his toes.
Captain Hook must watch out
And never pick his nose.
Captain Hook must be gentle
When he shakes your hand.
Captain Hook must be careful
Openin' sardine cans
And playing tag and pouring tea
And turnin' pages of his book.
Lots of folks I'm glad I ain't--
But mostly Captain Hook!
Just recently watched Disney's Peter Pan for the first time since I was a child. Not sure if it is a sign I am old but my girlfriend and I both agreed that we didn't think Hook was that bad and that maybe Peter is actually the real villain. He just bullies Hook and antagonizes him the whole time!
Punished for being assaulted by Poseidon in Athena's Temple and being beautiful.
Her two sisters stood by her side through thick and thin and fought to keep her safe from all intruders.
Perseus creeps in while they were fast asleep on a bed and silently beheads Medusa.
He then cowardly escapes, leaving the cries of her sisters and becomes a hero.
I really wish this story didn't exist; or that she was accurately portrayed not as the villain, but a victim
The moral of this story is... the gods are a**holes.
Baldur from God of War 4.
He was the product of an unloving and abusive marriage between Odin and Freya and Freya, after the end of their marriage to Odin, was stripped away of everything she had: her freedom, the trust of her people, her spirit. The only thing she had left was Baldur, but seeing that he would die a needless death in the future, she cursed him with immortality, resulting in him literally not being able to feel anything. This curse, while meant to protect him, drove him insane with rage against his mother.
Skeletor, the true heir to the throne and rightful ruler of Eternia. Passed up for being mixed-race, so he acted out - causing an accident that disfigured and fatally wounded him. He was left for dead by a family with magic powers, having to resort to serving evil and living out the rest of his days as a skeletal shadow of his former self.
King Dedede from the kirby franchise
The dude gets possessed every Tuesday to the point where he's not doing any evil villain stuff, also he cares and tries to protect his kingdom, just take a look at Kirby's adventure, he took the star rod from the fountain of dreams to protect dreamland from Nightmare himself
Mr. Freeze. Just a guy willing to do whatever it takes to save his wife from dying.
Invader Zim. I just want him to win so badly because I want every single member of his species, including the Tallest, to realize he is somewhat capable (although he is at times his own worst enemy). Also Doofenshmirtz because despite his increasingly tragic backstories he was an amazing father to Vanessa.
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There are limits to even the most giving and kind of human emotions.
Using up sympathy takes a lot of effort. But once you've tread past the point of "no sympathy," you can never go back. People can only feel for others to a certain extent, and if that person makes no effort to help themselves or others, that feeling quickly fades.
Here were some of the answers.