Some Offense Intended: Ignorance is Not Bliss

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Personal
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Everyone is not capable of understanding everything. This is a fact I am completely fine with accepting. When there is a conversation on a topic I don’t particularly know about, I admit I am lacking in knowledge, impart what I know, then shut up, listen and learn. Whether it be music, anime, something bigger like political issues—which as a rule I try not to discuss with anyone—and social injustices, I do not proudly flaunt my ignorance of a topic. When my peers have a better understanding than I do on a topic, I feel slightly ashamed, but then revel in the fact that I can learn from them. Step by step (day by day HA!), conversation by conversation, I grow a bit more everyday because I have surrounded myself with people who can teach me something.

A lot of you fucks out there, however, bask in the depths of your ignorance as if it’s a million dollar pool. You are so proud of not knowing something (i.e. “Man, I don’t know about that shit,” or “Why should/would I care?”) that you actually make the semi-intelligent people in your circle ashamed of their own knowledge. Some of you are comfortable with the micro-universe you inhabit; the idea that anything exists outside of daddy’s summer home or the local corner store is inconceivable. FYI, I made that extreme spectrum jump to prove a point: whether you’re in the hood or in the Hamptons, you can still be an ignorant prick. Having money does not exclude you from being less of a functional human being. A lack of money doesn’t exclude you either. Drake may have been BSing when he said he started from the bottom, but there are more than enough success stories out there of people who come from less than nothing to make it to a damn good living.

Bottom line: seek knowledge and seek it EVERYWHERE. Next time you’re playing a video game, pay attention to the locales used or the plot of the story for more than just where to go next in the game. Next time you’re watching TV, think deeper about how the issues they’re discussing relate to real life (if you’re watching a show that doesn’t deal with any such issues, you’re probably watching shitty television). Pay attention to words you don’t know in songs, movies, or everyday conversations. Put the dictionary app on your phone; hell, just play Words With Friends. DO SOMETHING! Even if you’re broke, you can at least be knowledgeable, and the more you know, the more likely you are to learn of opportunities suited to your skill set. All I ask is don’t be a proud dummy. Learn something from someone or something, please!

 

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