Maybe I am kind of dumb?
How can you tell if you are smart? Is your GPA the tell tail sign? Or your SAT score? What about your interest in SNM… wait… I think I got that wrong.
Does the career you pursue define your intelligence? Is there some simple and basic barometer that distinguishes the smart from the dumb? An obvious socially accepted criteria that will delineate your position?Can I still be smart even though I do a lot of dumb shit?
For example… If I were to attempt to read the news in order to inform myself on world issues… I will go to the front page of Huffington Post and start scrolling down to see what peaks my interest. This is what goes on in my head:
“Mitt Romney takes money from secret sources…. Duh…. Obamacare… more Obamacare… global warming….depressing… taxes… borning… politics in other countries… don’t really get it… wait… JUSTIN BEIBER HAD A TEMPER TANTRUM?!” and that is the story I click on.
What is wrong with me? It is not like I care more about Kim Kardashian’s mom using her daughters for fame than I care about the environment going to shit… but it is stories like that, which catch my attention.
Am I in total denial of the atrocities of the world and refusing to face the truth to protect myself from the cataclysmic misery of it all? Or maybe I have over-infiltrated my psyche with conspiracy theories, and everything I read that is supposedly “news worthy” seems like manufactured rhetoric. That perhaps I have lost faith in not only the government, but also journalism, because all news sources seem to have an agenda. When I see “Obamacare” I am not immediately assuming that the government and Supreme Court now suddenly truly care about the health of the citizens. I am instead wondering “okay who is going to make money off of this “reformed” system…. Medicaid? Big Pharma? Hospitals? The government through mandatory taxes? Who else? Someone is still going to be making money… it is not just about the people being healthier. What is the catch?”
Or maybe I am just dumber than I thought?
Come on… tell my you don’t want to read about the former teen prostitute’s lingerie fashion show!?