FiSDOP: Financially Secure Disconnected Older Person
An FiSDOP is an older resident, generally 55 or above, who has reached a point where their financial needs are taken care of regardless of their current employment. Their status in life has caused them to develop a disconnect from reality that warps perspective on things that lie beyond their own neighborhoods and families.
While many of LaFayette’s FiSDOP’s are retired, quite a few still work – many in jobs where they only have to show up a few hours each day and then have plenty of time left over for hobbies like golf, fishing, gardening, traveling, historical preservation, or politics. Many FiSDOP’s have a significant amount of influence and quite a few have leadership roles within government, schools, community organizations, and churches. Most FiSDOP’s are politically active and can be expected to vote in every election.
FiSDOP’s maintain a solidly upper-middle-class lifestyle with a modest to slightly larger home that shows they have resources without being too ritzy. FiSDOP’s are represented by every race, but in this area most are white. The typical FiSDOP attends church but only for social reasons – due to the disconnect from reality they feel their relationship with God is secure. FiSDOP’s will normally have several adult children who have graduated college (UGA, Tech, ‘Bama, West GA, or UT) and never returned to LaFayette.
Because they have a secure economic position and no children living in the area, a typical FiSDOP isn’t interested in LaFayette’s future or the spiritual/financial condition of anyone living outside their own neighborhood. This is where the “disconnected” part really comes in – FiSDOP’s have disconnected themselves from reality, from knowing or caring about how things really are for people who aren’t FiSDOP’s. Several LaFayette FiSDOP’s have been quoted as saying they aren’t concerned about the community’s future because “mine are taken care of.”
FiSDOP’s focus on their own convenience and comfort, fighting anything that might interrupt their lifestyle in any way. FiSDOP’s dislike noise, businesses that keep their lights on past 9 PM, teenagers, non-middle-class people, and anything that might cause them to change seats or break a sweat during a church service.
It’s not bad to be financially secure or be an older person, and if you can reach that level then more power to you. (We all hope to be there some day.) But financially secure older persons choose to disconnect from reality when their only concerns are those of personal convenience and comfort, not of how their considerable influence can be used to benefit others within the community.
There are, of course, exceptions to this definition – not every FiSDOP matches every aspect of this term and certainly many financially secure older people are NOT FiSDOP’s at all. This definition is a broad view of the typical FiSDOP who lives in LaFayette, intended to give you a good mental picture of what we mean when the term FiSDOP is used.