I can never tell if the comments on this website are the work of genius meta-trolls, or if everyone who leaves a comment is just too fucking stupid to get the joke.
Genius? Perhaps not.
This may be along the straw man line of reasoning but more of an aggregate, but I am sick of people thinking that simply reading some work of philosophy or other eclectic topic makes them a genius and so well informed of the greater world. First of all, you sit in public spaces with Rouseau, Locke, Aristotle or some other great thinker splayed out on your lap like that is enough to convince people you have something interesting to say. You don't. You spend most of your time regurgitating the most popular quotes from the book without adding context or critique, nor following the line of reasoning which led to their conclusions. Real philosophers sat in dark rooms, isolated from the distractions of the public and lived lonely shut in lives. They were modest and ashamed of their own unique views on the world because the body public did not have a concensus view of their opinions, and that is what they offered, opinions with their rationale. If the public did, it wouldn't be a cherished masterpiece that changed the way people view the world it, it would have been the equivalent of the latest pop culture rag. Second, rolling joints off the pages doesn't contribute to your understanding of the material. A sober mind is required to comprehend sober thoughts. Third, an open display of books you clearly have never read does not contribute to your image as the wizened youth. Wisdom comes from having tried and failed and coming up with a solution to why you failed and trying again, perhaps failing perhaps not. You cannot obtain wisdom by reading someone else's works and believing you have seen the boundaries of the universe through them. The written word is meant to inspire, not instruct, though it offers instructions only as a way for you to be confidently inspired. Fourth, plenty of those philosophers and theorists are completely batshit crazy, their ideas cannot work in reality, because it implies either a) public stupidity and willingness to cooperate (Marx) or, b) absolute anarchic intent of the human heart. Neither of which has ever proven wholly true, except in special circumstances and only temporarily. So please, if you want to be a philosopher, preaching world peace offer solutions, not plagiarized rants. Understand how the world works first, find the leverage points, and then an appropriate lever to move it. Otherwise, you're just another future disgruntled grocery store clerk with a college degree the world will never understand. Ever wonder why those people start revolutions for Utopia, and find themselves the first in front of the firing squad? Its because they are impractical idiots who only offer rhetoric and not results. That is the public plagiarist philosopher today, and the corpse tomorrow.
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Speaking only from personal experience, everyone I've met loves their mother tongue. Mine is obviously not english, but as a second language I pretty much adore it. It gives me a greater vocabulary through which I can express myself and alot of the things I love are in English. That is why it baffles me everytime I see the disrespect Americans have for their language! Where I... Read More » come from (And I am certain it is the same for many others, Including many Americans) speaking and writing correctly is an honor and when someone corrects you, you thank them for making you a little smarter or if you think they are wrong, you talk about it, get a 3rd or 4th opinion, but you do not rest untill you get it right! One thing is for sure there is nothing in my culture equivalent to "Grammer Nazi" the ONLY people who make spelling or grammer errors even on something as basic as a Facebook posts are people who suffer from dyslexia!! So please for the love of languages everywhere, take care of yours and in turn it will take care of you. Love, Rest of the world.
In my math class there is a small group of people who I really think TRY to interfere with my learning. I made the mistake of not paying attention in a previous math class and re-doing it. So, I'm actually trying to learn something. These people talk and talk and talk. The teacher moves them away from each other and they innocently complain that she (the teacher) is 'unfair'.... Read More » They talk back to the teacher constantly and obnoxiously yell at each other across the room. They also complain to me and other students that they don't ever learn anything in that class and that the teacher sucks; they haven't payed attention in class for more than 5 minutes at a time!!! They all really wonder why they're failing math, and are still trying to figure why I don't want to hear them bitch to me about them failing. Advice: not disrupting class everyday and paying attention may actually HELP you. Though, I doubt any of them understand the phrase 'paying attention'. Like, who does that these days right?
For cereal Collegehumor, what have you done to uPICK? It has pretty much died since you put it under the more section and also rough love just isn't the same as "dating it's complicated". I loved those articles and I miss them a whole lot. I want dating it's complicated articles back even if they're just on a random schedule and not weekly. Rabble, rabble, rabble angry face >:(
Is it just me, or do you guys get annoyed whenever someone brags about how they never need to solve for x or use any math in their lives? If you are one of those people, youre missing the point of high school and college. Schools are meant to show you a wide variety of human education in the hopes of you finding a certain subject youre interested in, and also to teach you stuff... Read More » so you arent completely stupid once you enter the real world. Some subjects might come in handy, some might not. I, for instance, am a physics major, so I have no reason to learn anymore English. However, I took years of english classes because i wouldnt be sure if i liked it or not if i only took one. If you aren't interested in math, and want to pursue a career in something that has no math (like law, music, english,....law) then thats fine. But dont act all self righteous because you dont need math. Other people absolutely require math. How the hell do you think we got a rover on Mars? By math. Math that couldnt be taught in one class, but over the course of many. Another point those people miss is what math really is. It's not there so you can make tons of money. It's there so we as a species can understand the world we live in. History is the same. You dont need it to be rich, but it's there so we can learn about ourselves and the universe. So basically, stop complaining about math. If you're bad at it, then that's fine. It doesnt mean that math is useless. Is it just me that thinks that? TL;DR Math is more important than you think, even if you hate it.
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