First of all, I'm really sorry to be rude, but I will from time to time, because you're REALLY asking for it now.
Yes, pre-programming. When one limits oneself to a narrow set of skills and interests only to the level required to slide by and never rise from the middle grounds, then one is nothing more than a machine that cannot make a mark in this world (if one's goal isn't to make that mark in even the smallest of aspects of life, then why bother even existing?).
Alright, I'm not pre-programmed. I am a very intelligent, extremely unconventional person who detests conformity (which, come to think of it, a lot of cultures seem to support
so right off the bat that pisses me off). I never said I had a narrow
set of skill, nor that they were restricted to some "middle ground" range of expertise. I actually have an extremely wide range of skills in a wide range of disciplines, but that doesn't include absolutely fucking TOTAL knowledge of the history of mankind and all reasons for every fucking thing that's ever happened. I'm no more of a "machine" than anyone else (although technically, people could probably be considered naturally occurring machines). As for making my mark, in some ways I probably could, but that's not important to me, and actually, being a private person, I prefer to be behind the scenes, which is not to say that I'm not extremely ambitious in my own way, but it doesn't necessarily manifest itself professionally in the way it might for other people. And thanks for implying I have no reason to exist. I am alive
, you know! I do actually enjoy pleasant experiences, and I do find things interesting, even if they don't all coincide with what YOU find interesting.
Who said anything about any aesthetics? :P
You didn't specifically mention it. It's just an example I gave, because I find that many components (though not all) of what is considered culture amounts to little more than aesthetics.
How else can you strive to become an intellectual person who can adapt to any situation in life? General knowledge is not something that consists merely of memorizing facts, its core principle is to give you an understanding of this world, many of which you can use yourself in different situations.
Who says I'm not an intellectual person? Who says I need to adapt to every single
situation? I DO have limitations to what I would want to or be willing to endure. I actually agree with the rest of the statement after that, to an extent
, but the way you argue, you seem like such an extreme culture junkie, that you won't be satisfied until everyone has a 5 degrees ranging from anthropology to fucking Norse mythology!
Concerns like bills, money, health etc. are not to be discarded, of course, but they are only material. Today's mentality unjustly completely ignores the state of mind, the strive for enlightenment and even the simple concept of wonder
in favour of zombie-like tendencies to create a shell of one's possessions and comfort zones, and never leave them. Think about it.
Fuck the current common mentality! Who says I'm the spokesman for the world's average morons, anyway? You're making all kinds of assumptions that have nothing to do with what I was saying. Yes, I have possessions and comfort zones. But I don't make them into a shell
encapsulating my life. And who wants to leave comfort zones anyway? That sounds uncomfortable. You seem to be overlooking that some people have phobias, disabilities, logistical problems and a number of other potential limitations that you would probably argue should be stripped away so they can be forced against their will to comply with your prescribed life style!
In many cases, solutions to one scenario can be applied directly, or with modifications, to multiple other scenarios, things appear to be "wired" that way, as the world isn't made in an arbitrarily discreet set of variables, but a continued plethora of those variables (if you get what I mean) which allow situations and objects to be similar enough to each other that existing knowledge and experiences can be applied to them. If nobody before you had those experiences, you'd have much less to go on to form your own judgement, let alone act on it, hence understanding prior experiences saves
you time and effort rather than take it away, unlike the impression your teachers seemingly gave you.
Yes I understand full well - and probably better than you - how variables work. And I know there are a lot of factors, determining an outcome, which was kind of my point
, that you can't guess at what will
happen based on what happened before
. Yes, I agree that case studies can be useful to a point, but they're still just specific cases. When you assume that I'd have "nothing to go on", if not for that, it insults me, because you're implying that the only way I can possibly understand what might
happen is if I've already seen something similar before. This presumes that I have no imagination or ingenuity, and therefore can only solve a problem by extrapolating from solutions to similar problems. Also, your assumption that my teachers left this impression on me is equally insulting, because it implies that I was gullible enough to believe the horseshit they told me, which in truth, was more like what you're saying.
Well, for one thing, you wouldn't give statements that would make you look uneducated like with your "beastiality" response earlier. ;)
Well for one thing, I was half-joking, but the photograph on Wikipedia had people sucking a wolf's tits. What would you call it? And by the way, I have a master's degree. It's not fair to say I'm uneducated just because I didn't happen to recognize a particular pointy-titted wolf evidently from Roman mythology.
For another, you expand your view on the world. You can't better yourself and/or your surroundings if you don't make an effort to understand the world you live in and exit a small comfort zone of rudimentary knowledge. Life is short, and you're not here to work-eat-sleep-repeat.
I don't just work-eat-sleep-repeat, I have much more than just rudimentary knowledge, and I resent the assertion that the only way I can possibly better myself is to expand my view on the world. This implies that I'm nothing
without the world. Fuck the world! I only care about the world to the extent that I choose, and not more than that, just because you
say I should, like you're the authority on such things. I have my own individual goals and aspirations, which often have absolutely nothing
to do with anyone else. And why should they? I have nothing against humanitarian efforts. They're often very noble and useful, but I do what I do for my
own reasons, not for you or anyone else. It's not your business to dictate how I live my life.
Relying on technology that may or may not exist tomorrow is lazy, foolish, and I will dare to say, hipsterish. You will not always have the luxury to geolocate with a GPS when traveling, be it because of signal loss, battery/power loss and various other factors. And by geography, I didn't just mean knowing the political map of the world, I meant it in a wider sense - nations and customs, climates, an entire range of things that can help you out when dealing with people from abroad, be it if they are tourists or you are, even when it's a mere business trip.
First of all, how DARE you call me a hipster?! And why don't you think the technology will exist? Do you believe in these weird apocalypse theories? Then who cares, we'll all be dead in 3 years from global warming, right? (And before you argue that global warming is a big deal, calm down, I'm not even implying it's not, I'm just proving a point that your idea of the end of technology is ridiculous). Well for me personally, it's not a big deal anyway, because I don't have "business trips" and have logistical/transportation limitations and I don't travel far anyway (not that I have a particular desire to, but I suppose you'll complain about that
next). Also, I don't think your definition of geography is accurate - you seem to be just referring to culture again, if not even more
The market is saturated with workforce, so knowledge and experience are both needed in any job that isn't equivalent to asking if you want fries with that at McDonalds. The more you know on your field, and I would make a safe bet on any field other
than your own on the sides, you're a more worthy candidate in the HR's book. Anti-intellectualism and pre-programmed behaviour are eliminated right at the start when applying for a job.
Alright, why do you assume
that I'm currently looking for a job? And why do you think that I have any interest in switching to another field? How am I an anti-intellectual? I'm EXTREMELY intellectual. My intellect is well within the 99th percentile. Besides, intellectualism is "The doctrine that knowledge is derived from pure reason", which I completely believe and know to be true. You
, however, seem to be the anti-intellectual. If you call me pre-programmed again, I'll smack you with an aircraft carrier! Besides all that, I don't see how HR can know any of that from a resume, or in many cases an interview, anyway.
(It seems not to put my whole post in one)