I thought about posting this in the “Work” section of the forum but since it deals with general people’s reactions to my profession instead of problems with co-workers or anyone in my profession I thought it would be best here. If not, please feel free to move it.
Let me just preface this by saying that I absolutely love my job. I went to school for a completely different field and somehow stumbled into this field and I couldn’t be happier. It allows me to travel all over the world (just got back from Paris!), meet a lot of interesting people and it pays very well. Now, there is absolutely nothing illegal about what I do and as far as I thought there was nothing morally ambiguous about it but whenever I’m introduced to people and they ask me what I do there are always the certain few that seem to think my profession is the epitome of evil.
Now, it’s usually a certain type of people that seem to have an issue with my profession and my field in general and as soon as I’ll mention what I do they’ll start on a diatribe about why what I do is what’s wrong with the world and they’ll start sprouting off their opinions while having never worked in the field themselves and being completely jaded and misinformed by their own personal issues. In fact, I’ve seen quite a few posts in this board where posters have the same opinions as these people. Up until now my response has been silence with a bemused smirk that only seems to set them off even more (I know, I know, I shouldn’t be doing it but I don’t even notice when my lips turn up in a smirk). My only other responses haven’t exactly been etiquette approved and I really want to change that.
So my question is how does one reply to those who seem to believe you work for the center of evil? I don’t want to set anyone off but I also don’t want to leave them with the sense that what they’re saying is right.