This question was inspired by another thread. Some guy posted that he was a teacher doing a school project, taking kids to a trading pit to show them how open outcry markets work. Two responses stuck out - the actually came right at the same time: ET member A: "There is no reason to be wasting time on teaching high school students any aspect of 'futures trading'. They can learn that stuff when they get to their 40's. Totally pathetic. Teach them how to read, write, and contribute to the good of society. A Catholic Church school no less: this makes me sick !!" ET member B: "Great project and good luck. A field trip in high school to the CBOT cemented my desire to trade down there and just 2 years later I was working as a runner before becoming a local at age 22. Nothing gives one a better understanding of a two sided auction market than open outcry. While I in no way feel responsible for the cretins on this board, I apologize for those who mocked your noble intentions. If you need additional folks please PM me." I won't name names, but to me if I saw this in isolation I would think that person A is probably pretty miserable with their life, whereas person B seems reasonably happy and positive in their outlook. They were both replying to another person, but I found it interesting how their treatment of a stranger seemed to reflect their own personality and life situation. Seriously, in life would you prefer to deal with people like person A or person B?