You’re a Fucking Dumbass!!!

There comes a point in your life when you find yourself laying on the glass, staring at the clear night sky, your mind fixated on the twinkling stars. A peculiar blend of serenity and mystery overshadows you and you come to a profound realization, akin to Siddhartha Gautama’s enlightenment.  You’re forced to acknowledge that the only thing you know is you know nothing.

Acknowledging your ignorance is both frightening and thrilling.  Not knowing is scary, leaving your vulnerable and insecure.  We value security and certainity.  We want to ensure our safety and well-being. We want to accurately forecast the days ahead so we can make preperations today.  We want to survive and prosper.  But unfortunately, there are no guarantees in life.

Yet one can’t be help but be fascinated by mystery.  It’s alluring and captivating.  Seductive and sensual, like having your body tingle by the mere touch of a gorgeous girl.  We have a addiction to seek and discover.  Yet ironically, as we obtain information, our ignorance becomes more apparent than ever.  The smarter we become, the dumber we feel.

Why is that?  What is behind this paradoxical truth?  Perhaps, we, as a species, have been in over our heads since the Ancient Babylonian priests initiated their scientific inquiry into the nature of the Cosmos.  After all, for nine-tenths of human history, our ancestors were nomadic hunter-gatherer, wandering in the wilderness searching for game.  They weren’t concerned with proving P=NP, discovering the Higgs Boson or uncovering parallel universes.  Their ambitions were merely capturing wild animals were meat and building shelter for themselves.  Their goal was survival.

Being homo sapiens, our ancestors had exceptional brains, which they used to devise strategies.  They planned out tactics to capture the buffalo. They planned ways to build a temporary dwelling and ensure the safety of their loved ones, particularly children.  They secured stocks of foods and other means that enable strength and vitality.  These skills translate into what we now call “common sense”

Common Sense is a amalgamation of basic skills and tactics one is required to have in order to ensure his/her well-being and future.  Unfortunately, common sense isn’t so common.  Why is that?  Perhaps its because we live in a world that’s extremely different from our ancestors.  Our global markets and institutions are constantly evolving at unpredictable rates, making it extremely difficult for mere mortals to adapt.  Technology has advanced to the point where you call your friends, access your favorite TV program, lookup sources for research paper and play your favorite song all on one device–something most people couldn’t do ten years ago.  As a result, we’re constantly distracted, thus diminishing our self-awareness.

If we have enough trouble grasping common sense, what chance do we have at unlocking the mysteries of the universe?  Sure, our reputable research scientists have made tremendous progress over the past couple of millennia.  Yet there are too many questions left unsolved and too many questions arising from our newly-found sets of information.

We used to think species were fixed.  It turns out all species, including humans, were a result of millions of years of natural selection and genetic mutation.  A hundred years ago, it was impossible to even imagine sub-atomic particles spontenously emerging, yet advances in quantum mechanics proves that truth is stranger than fiction.  Constantly, our worldviews are forced be reevaluated, making us wonder is there is such as thing as truth and reality.

Look, we don’t even know who was Jack the Ripper!  We don’t know who really killed JFK and planned the 9/11 attacks!  We don’t know why the Kardashians are so fucking popular! We don’t know what’s going on in Kanye’s mind….or what the Donald is smoking!

The world is one gigantic enigma too complicated for us to fathom.  And forget the Riemann Hypothesis, life is one of the most crucial unsolved problems! At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re a CERN research scientist or a shit-kicking, trailer park-dwelling redneck from Alabama, we’re all fucking dumbasses

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