Bewildered

jonah-hill-shockThere are many many subjects I know nothing about; nothing of real significance that is, other than vague generalities and oversimplifications. For instance, I’m clueless about architecture and how to read a blueprint. I’m clueless about farming and how or when to plant certain crops, how to keep up the soil, when to harvest, etc. I’m also clueless about rugby or cricket and their rules! I’m clueless on how best to perform medical operations; I’m not a board certified doctor! There are many subjects I just don’t know enough about to carry-on any type of extended intelligent conversation!

So here are my questions to the cyber-world:

Is it wise to speak overtly, to be long-winded about things one knows very little or nothing about?

Why is it every two & four years — the American political cycle — everyone knows EVERYTHING about the dynamics of governing 319-million diverse people, or in my state of Texas 27-million, and are suddenly experts on ALL factors that effect people’s needs and wants and their current and future well-being? How do they have all the solutions!? What’s their secret? I want to know!

And now for some comic relief with much “truthiness”… 😀

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Live Well — Love Much — Laugh Often — Learn Always

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54 thoughts on “Bewildered

  1. ‘Everyone knows everything about the dynamics …’

    Dearest Professor, I think you mean ‘all Americans know everything about …’

    After all, there are users of the Internet, though it may shock you deeply to learn this, who do not hail from America. Yes, even in the underdeveloped countries of Europe, we do occasionally go online. (I won’t bother adding the Brits invented it even though Americans claim they did.)

    However, the answer is no, it is not wise.

    For example, take this supposedly contradictory comment I read earlier today:

    ‘I don’t eat meat but I’m not vegetarian.’

    That makes perfect sense to me. The speaker could easily be pescatarian or eat chicken (which is not meat). However, it was meant to be an analogy to: ‘I’m Christian but I’m not religious,’ (or something similar) ie contradictory/nonsensical/whatever.

    The moral of that story is, don’t talk about vegetarian issues, or feminism, or various other isms near roughseas if one doesn’t know one’s arse from one’s elbow. Or one’s flesh, from one’s fish or one’s fowl.

    I do hope you didn’t expect me to comment on the circus in your country? I know my limitations!

    Nice to see you are still, if fleetingly, around.

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  2. I’ve never seen a blogger be so abused and I follow a lot of sites that are littered with Christian trolls. lol Roughseas and Victoria combined are at least a category 5. Best to just evacuate. lol

    Well I appreciated your little rant. 🙂 And to answer your question, I think it is okay to talk about things you know nothing about. It’s a good way to start a conversation and learn more. But a better way would be to say “I don’t know anything about this, so let me talk to someone who does”…oh I don’t know like a scientist who studies the climate, and then ask them, and learn and then you could say “Hey I know a lot about this now, I can speak intelligently about it”.

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    • Bwahahaha!!!

      I’ve never seen a blogger be so abused and I follow a lot of sites that are littered with Christian trolls. lol Roughseas and Victoria combined are at least a category 5. Best to just evacuate. lol

      Swarn, you speaketh LOADS of truth & wisdom my friend! Category 5 is like what on the Rectum Scale, Ooops… I mean Richter Scale… 9.9 or 10? Sir, I’ve tried so hard to shake them, lose them, but they just keep coming back! 😉

      But a better way would be to say “I don’t know anything about this, so let me talk to someone who does”…oh I don’t know like a scientist who studies the climate…

      Hah! Can you refer me to one, a BRILLIANT one!? LOL 😛

      …and then you could say “Hey I know a lot about this now, I can speak intelligently about it”.

      You crack me up! Seriously though, about how long would you say is required to say that, AND what sort of investment is required? 😀

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      • Well actually Category 5 is already a scale related to wind speed. The Richter scale is for earthquakes. I believed the Rectum scale is for volcanoes because it always makes me erupt.

        In terms how long it would be required to be able to speak intelligently about climate change it depends on whether you want basic expertise, or expert expertise. lol I could give someone the basics in a couple hours…perhaps it would take 10-12 for the person to really know what they are talking about and give talks to someone else and teach them.

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    • To be serious, I think your point about saying ‘I know nothing about’ is interesting. Assuming you want to learn more. Some people say, go to X subject 101, I’m not here to teach you, and I fall into that category sometimes.

      But, what is really bad, is people who purport to know something about subject Y and they talk rubbish. Just. Sheer. Trash.

      And for the record, I did make one complimentary comment about the Professor above. I am now about to make another, which is seriously griping me, but I must be honest. He doesn’t usually talk out of his arse and he has been known to ask to learn. Few people do. So annoying to say two nice things about him on one blog post 😦 He’ll be Professor SuperEgo for the next month) he is one of the few men I read on the internet who gets my respect.

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      • I agree, there has to be a certain self-awareness when “talking out of one’s arse”. There are people who do, but when you converse with them and present your knowledge they are able to change their views. And you do have to have a willingness to learn, whether or not you learn by asking questions or diving right in to discussion. One of my many flaws is that I love to learn and feel everybody else must want to learn as well. As it turns out, semester after semester, this is mostly not the case. But I’ve decided that if there is a place in my life for foolhardy optimism this isn’t a bad one to have. lol

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        • Agreed Swarn. It’s been my short subjective experience that 90% of the time, things, events, people, existence, are truly “bigger than myself.” That realization is never too far away or tucked too deep in my head… or big head as Roughseas and Victoria like to label. 😉

          All one has to do is look up and gaze upon the billions of stars simply within our own galaxy to get a more accurate self-portrayal. And then REVERSE that view! Gaze into a powerful electron-microscope. Between the two views you truly begin to imagine/learn our place in life, in the Multiverse. And we are only here — in this life-dimension — for a few seconds in the Cosmic calendar! LOL 😮

          That perspective right there simplifies a shitload for me and my fellow Earthlings! 😉

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        • Indeed. And this is why one of the qualities in my series that I wrote, on what makes a good human is humility. Because it’s not necessarily such a crime to talk out of your arse, but it is a clear lack of humility when one refuses to admit it once someone presents you with a more correct view, or at least a perspective supported by evidence.

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        • WHAT!!!? You mean the Earth and Me are NOT the center of the Universe!!!? 😮 😉

          And with that rhetorical question exists TIME; a force not all (hyper-impatient) Homo sapiens truly understand or want to grasp in the infinite bigger picture. 😉

          P.S. That was a great series by the way! Sorry my limited time prevented me from commenting significantly. The entire series DESERVES careful thoughtful considerations! Post a link here to Part 1 please!

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