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21 January, 2005 (08:02) | Growing Up

I know I’ve always had somewhat of an ego. I knew I wasn’t stupid and I felt very few things were below my ability. But now, it’s starting to get to a whole new level. And what bothers me isn’t that I feel as if I’m getting to be an arrogant bastard (I am), but that I feel I deserve to be.

During high school and even early college, I felt most people were as smart as me, if not smarter. I rationalized poor performance on their part on a lack of effort, much like my poor grades. In general, I assumed that intellect was a measurement of willpower and desire rather than a difference in ability or prowess. Certainly, some people were disadvantaged and some were ahead of the game, but when I looked at someone, I tried to see what they could be rather than what they were.

And then came college…

My freshman year, I dove into challenging classes, forcing myself to put in effort just to keep up. Two of my classes were primarily seniors, and I was on the same level with them, but I thought it was merely because I was working for it. My sophomore year, I began to take it easy, challenging myself when necessary, but trying to enjoy the experience instead of driving through it as most people seem to. Now, in my fifth year, I go into even advanced classes and all I can do is dread the imbeciles and their ignorant nature.

SIDE NOTE: This isn’t to say there aren’t smart people in my classes or than everyone who seems stupid is stupid. On the contrary, I believe many people have latent talents they’re not even aware of. For instance, there’s this one multi-talented girl in one of my classes who can talk and annoy me at the same time! As long as I’m in a side note, let me define what I mean by ignorant nature. When I go into a class and a question is asked, the same answer will be given 3-10 times in different ways. And it will NEVER be the COMPLETE answer. I understand that it’s difficult to articulate ideas you’re barely familiar with, but when the question is “why would people be opposed to Eminem’s music,” people can do better than “because he swears,” “because he uses offensive language,” “because he’s offensive,” and “because people are bothered by him.” I mean, Jesus, this is a college fucking classroom. I know most of you are hungover and couldn’t care less about a class, but it’s fucking pop culture that drunkards that couldn’t care less should know about…

I really can’t tell if I’ve gotten smarter or if God’s playing a bad card game with America’s youth. Perhaps I’m a victim of a public university, which is highlighted by overflowing classes filled with undereducated kids who prefer T-shirts saying “2003-2004 #1 Party School” to “2003-2004 #4 Education” or “2003-2004 #2 Paying Graduate Job Placement.” Perhaps our motto should be “Logic is for Ivy Leaguers!”

And that’s what bothers me. I walk into a classroom where I expect myself to try and participate, but instead I sit around venomously bad mouthing all the ignorant bastards in my head. I should be participating and trying to make things interesting so the class might be useful. I should be challenging and assisting my hard pressed neighbors. But instead, I’m becoming a jaded, bitter, arrogant asshole.

Or maybe I’m just the first official member of Generation What-the-Fuck.

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  • Don’t get too arrogant, bitch. You’ve still got competition.

  • Don’t get too arrogant, bitch. You’ve still got competition.

  • There will always be people smarter than me, you included. There just aren’t enough anymore.

  • There will always be people smarter than me, you included. There just aren’t enough anymore.

  • Haha, “Generation What the Fuck”.

    It can be quite frustrating, though my experience is limited.

    It’s fucking cold in here and I woke up still annoyed at my roommate. Today could potentially suck.

  • Haha, “Generation What the Fuck”.

    It can be quite frustrating, though my experience is limited.

    It’s fucking cold in here and I woke up still annoyed at my roommate. Today could potentially suck.

  • How did you get the first picture?

  • How did you get the first picture?

  • Hey man, I didn’t say I was smarter than you, I just said you’ve got competition. I do agree though, just making an attempt to think logically shouldn’t qualify as competition.

  • Hey man, I didn’t say I was smarter than you, I just said you’ve got competition. I do agree though, just making an attempt to think logically shouldn’t qualify as competition.

  • I’m an arteest, and arteests don’t paint and tell.

    In other words, I found it…

  • I’m an arteest, and arteests don’t paint and tell.

    In other words, I found it…

  • It’s like 60 out. It’s awesome. I say blame the liquor for your coldness.

  • It’s like 60 out. It’s awesome. I say blame the liquor for your coldness.

  • Last semester I took an honors class and it was great because the class was made up of intelligent, motivated people. But I’m taking another one this semester, and only four people in the class even participate in the conversations. Its very disapointing.

    I try really hard not to just be grumpy, and instead I think I end up talking a lot and making the rest of the class think I’m extremely arrogant. Eh, what can you do?

  • Last semester I took an honors class and it was great because the class was made up of intelligent, motivated people. But I’m taking another one this semester, and only four people in the class even participate in the conversations. Its very disapointing.

    I try really hard not to just be grumpy, and instead I think I end up talking a lot and making the rest of the class think I’m extremely arrogant. Eh, what can you do?

  • I took two honors courses my freshman year of college, and while I’m still TECHNICALLY in the program, I haven’t taken one since.

    First class, a lot of the people truly WERE intelligent… Some of them were annoying-smart, to the point of snobbery (they know ALL and you’re dumber than they are), some were quite smart but didn’t feel the need to blurt out every sm3r7 opinion they thought of… but there were two variations of the same type that disturbed me the most.

    Stupid people who were nice enough to make A’s in high school so they could take honors courses.
    Type A was the quiet, shy, and slow type. Because they’re quiet and look like computer nerds, teachers instantly think they’re smarter. However when you actually drag them into a conversation, you find out the bulb’s not too bright.
    Type B was the obnoxious preppy type that sucked up a lot (or sucked a lot of cock) to get where they were. Yes, this group WAS all women. They were vapid, but they managed to pull off A’s in high school because despite their lack of intelligence, they’re really good at becoming endearing in teacher’s eyes.

  • I took two honors courses my freshman year of college, and while I’m still TECHNICALLY in the program, I haven’t taken one since.

    First class, a lot of the people truly WERE intelligent… Some of them were annoying-smart, to the point of snobbery (they know ALL and you’re dumber than they are), some were quite smart but didn’t feel the need to blurt out every sm3r7 opinion they thought of… but there were two variations of the same type that disturbed me the most.

    Stupid people who were nice enough to make A’s in high school so they could take honors courses.
    Type A was the quiet, shy, and slow type. Because they’re quiet and look like computer nerds, teachers instantly think they’re smarter. However when you actually drag them into a conversation, you find out the bulb’s not too bright.
    Type B was the obnoxious preppy type that sucked up a lot (or sucked a lot of cock) to get where they were. Yes, this group WAS all women. They were vapid, but they managed to pull off A’s in high school because despite their lack of intelligence, they’re really good at becoming endearing in teacher’s eyes.

  • it’s not just you, I feel similarly every day…. It’s weird because one of our mutual friends said a similar thing to me not long ago, and mentioned you specifically…. I hate to think that most people are simply not that bright, but I can’t find evidence to the contrary, try as I might… But part of it is just an unwilligness to engage.. I have been surprised several times when I’ve gotten into conversation with people who I previously wrote-off and found that they actually had a lot of smart things to say, when they were willing….. I think a lot of people simply don’t find a college classroom the best place to do that, unfortunately..

  • it’s not just you, I feel similarly every day…. It’s weird because one of our mutual friends said a similar thing to me not long ago, and mentioned you specifically…. I hate to think that most people are simply not that bright, but I can’t find evidence to the contrary, try as I might… But part of it is just an unwilligness to engage.. I have been surprised several times when I’ve gotten into conversation with people who I previously wrote-off and found that they actually had a lot of smart things to say, when they were willing….. I think a lot of people simply don’t find a college classroom the best place to do that, unfortunately..

  • Mentioned me specifically? In that I didn’t make intelligence comments or in that I’m ignorant. Honestly, neither would surprise me. Often, intellilectual conversation seems to be something resigned to certain forums and topics. My biggest problem speaking intelligently is that often times understanding is a matter of vocabulary rather than a matter of ability. When I talk about a complex subject, I prefer to dumb it down as much as possible, especially if the goal is for everyone to understand. And, if I don’t, and instead use multitudinous verbiage in a loquacious and otiose manner, I end up coming off as far more arrogant than I feel.

    Often, I find the most fulfilling conversations I’ve had are with children, mainly because they want to understand and it shows. In addition, they aren’t jaded and lackluster as my classmates are.

    I’m sure someday I’ll come across an ideal classroom, even if it ends up being off-campus.

  • Mentioned me specifically? In that I didn’t make intelligence comments or in that I’m ignorant. Honestly, neither would surprise me. Often, intellilectual conversation seems to be something resigned to certain forums and topics. My biggest problem speaking intelligently is that often times understanding is a matter of vocabulary rather than a matter of ability. When I talk about a complex subject, I prefer to dumb it down as much as possible, especially if the goal is for everyone to understand. And, if I don’t, and instead use multitudinous verbiage in a loquacious and otiose manner, I end up coming off as far more arrogant than I feel.

    Often, I find the most fulfilling conversations I’ve had are with children, mainly because they want to understand and it shows. In addition, they aren’t jaded and lackluster as my classmates are.

    I’m sure someday I’ll come across an ideal classroom, even if it ends up being off-campus.