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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Sometimes I wish I were really ****ing stupid. Really ****ing stupid people are usually quite content with being really ****ing stupid.

    Me? I want to be smarter. I'm just smart enough to know I'm not smart enough, which sucks.

    I am smart enough to know I am not stupid, or average, but not smart enough to be lost in my own little genius world. Like you, I want to understand more. But you know, the more you know, the less yuou understand.

    I agree. Average or below people are many times so damn content and happy. They don't know better, like a dog. Mean, but accurate. They just go about, watching football, drinking ****ty beer, shopping at Walmart and Cosco for crappy food and products, not caring or even understanding that there are alternatives. Sitting in the same job, dealing with the same crap... not understanding the value of an education, so their kids repeat the process. Etc.
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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I am smart enough to know I am not stupid, or average, but not smart enough to be lost in my own little genius world. Like you, I want to understand more. But you know, the more you know, the less yuou understand.

    I agree. Average or below people are many times so damn content and happy. They don't know better, like a dog. Mean, but accurate. They just go about, watching football, drinking ****ty beer, shopping at Walmart and Cosco for crappy food and products, not caring or even understanding that there are alternatives. Sitting in the same job, dealing with the same crap... not understanding the value of an education, so their kids repeat the process. Etc.
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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Right.
    I wasn't raised to be "average". I was raised to be different. And I was different.
    And I still am different.
    But now I'm trying to be enough like other people- good people, admirable people- to pass for normal and make some sort of meaningful contribution, and be happy.

    And it's not even a purely conscious choice; I'm just becoming more average, without really even trying.
    I'm getting older, and I've been re-evaluating my life over the past few years, the way people do at various stages, and I've decided I need to do this to get by.
    Being "unaverage", whether in a good or bad way, takes a lot of energy and I don't have as much energy as I did when I was younger.
    Thats good.

    I think we only live under the command of are own expectations.But their is a part of me that wants to take a jenga block from the bottom of things if you know what i mean.
    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhail View Post
    Thats good.

    I think we only live under the command of are own expectations.But their is a part of me that wants to take a jenga block from the bottom of things if you know what i mean.
    Yes, but you are still quite young, I think.
    You really do lose interest in that sort of thing, once you reach your 30s.
    There are always going to be people who do it so much better and more effectively than you. And by the time you're 30, they're all dead.

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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    I think it would be easier, but I've only barely begun to see benefits from being smart. Middle school and high school would have been more pleasant to be sure. Going to a top tier school puts me much closer to the middle of the road, and that's something I'm thankful for. I really can't imagine being happy working as an employee for some random company when I'm 40, though. But in an equalized environment like public school where being above average show no benefit, it kinda sucks

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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Yes, but you are still quite young, I think.
    You really do lose interest in that sort of thing, once you reach your 30s.
    There are always going to be people who do it so much better and more effectively than you. And by the time you're 30, they're all dead.
    Not quite what i mean maybe im just too cold hearted.
    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Alright. So I couldn't care less about Joe the Plumber. The guy is a nobody. He'd be working for me 3 months ago. Irrelevant to the grand scheme things for the most part. What I've taken issue with is this almost cult like fixation a lot of people have with the fact that he's 'Average Joe'. Like average is something to be proud of. So it's got me wondering. Do you strive to be average? For as long as I can remember my parents told me never to settle for less then the best. They never told me to be 'like everybody else' and follow the norm. Likewise millions of parents from liberals to conservatives, from republicans to democrats tell their kids to be 'the very best they can be'. It's not a party thing. It's just the human need to be better then the rest. But then somewhere on the political front 'average' becomes what people want. What people look up to. We don't look to 'average' when making foreign policy decisions. We don't look to average Joe when it comes to energy problems, the economy or scientific achievements. Who do we look to? People who strive to be the best in their fields. We don't even look towards average when it comes to what food we want, who we want to be with etc etc. Kids don't try to get 2.7s in their GPAs. Do you want what is 'average' for your kid? We look for that which fits us best. So what exactly is the big deal with being average if it's not something we strive to be or even care about for the most part?
    I think you're mixing two different concepts here. We don't want politicians who are "average" as in average intelligence, average skills, etc. We want politicians who we think will be the best for the job. However we don't want them to have their head so far up their arse from a life of feeding off silver spoons that they have no way of relating to the rest of us. We want them smart, but down to earth. You can be incredibly intelligent without having gone to the finest schools, coming from a long line of wealth. People don't trust those they view as spoiled, who grew up having the "best" of everything because there's a fear there that someone like that, someone spoiled, could never understand what the "average" American needs. Average in that case means "most Americans."

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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Kind of.



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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I am smart enough to know I am not stupid, or average, but not smart enough to be lost in my own little genius world. Like you, I want to understand more. But you know, the more you know, the less yuou understand.

    I agree. Average or below people are many times so damn content and happy. They don't know better, like a dog. Mean, but accurate. They just go about, watching football, drinking ****ty beer, shopping at Walmart and Cosco for crappy food and products, not caring or even understanding that there are alternatives. Sitting in the same job, dealing with the same crap... not understanding the value of an education, so their kids repeat the process. Etc.
    Whatever. I think in their own minds most everyone sort of scoffs at the idea that they themselves are average. Yet, most of us actually are hardly note worthy in the big picture of human experience.

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    Re: Do you strive to be average?

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    Whatever. I think in their own minds most everyone sort of scoffs at the idea that they themselves are average. Yet, most of us actually are hardly note worthy in the big picture of human experience.
    I am beginning to doubt that any individual is noteworthy, in the big picture.

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