Sunday, September 18, 2005

Will the Real Dr. House Please Stand Up

There are times when it seems that too much is going on and then there are the vast stretches of time when it seems nothing is happening and nothing will ever happen again. Such is the life in the middle of nowhere trying to live something approaching a normal life. Yes, yes, what is normal? Get up, work, stop work, cook and eat, relax and catch some tube, sleep, and then begin again. Pretty normal by most definitions. That's all a baseline, and background noise, to what we consider our lives. The biggest change lies in that block of relax and catch some tube. If you don't have someone to catch the tube with, or otherwise do something with, then you've got you work cut out for you, if you care to that is. Where am I going with this? I haven't a clue. I sat down to blog with a head full of ideas all fighting to get out and this is what sprang out when I put fingers to keyboard.

What was most on my mind, before the above took over the conscious portion of my mind, is truth, and more importantly the misrepresentation of it. Forum posting has proven to be a very frustrating process of watching people totally get things wrong. When facts are available in books people rely on faulty memory then have the audacity to say their memory is truer than the facts. Things you say, no matter how simple and straightforward, or no matter how heavily explained with massive amounts of clarifications they are, perpetually get mis-taken, twisted, or outright reversed even when they're quoted directly above the lies. That's what all of these things are essentially. Anything that is not the truth is a lie, plain and simple. It doesn't matter if it was the person's intent to do so, or if it was a mistake, or if it was done on purpose. A lie is a lie is a lie.

I would like to know when it became okay to just lie constantly about everything and never give a care. Worse yet not only do people not care, but they no longer even have the ability to recognise that they are doing it, or have the self-awareness to look out for it in the future even when its pointed out to them in black and white. Willful ignorance and premeditated evil are one thing, relatively speaking, but this blithe 'idiot' sailing through life without the slightest modicum of self-introspection really frosts my pumpkins. This decline of intellect as a human trait is both maddening and saddening. Maybe intellect isn't the right word, but it's not a lack of intelligence--the ability to put two and two together--nor is it a lack of knowledge--facts, figures, info--neither of the last two of which should be confused, yet perpetually are.

Then finally there is the undeserved, and just as blindly 'idiotically' existing like air, arrogance that rears its ugly head again and again. The attitude that I do such and such for a job, or have so and so training and research experience, so therefore everyone else must be beneath me and I should treat them as such because obviously (and here we go back to this) I know everything and it doesn't matter if I'm do a butchery of a job applying it, because well, I know stuff, so I must be smarter, and all other people are bugs with brains the size of split--not even normal--peas. Add a little touch of intended malice to that and you get people who (going back even further here) think it's fun to lie when someone asks a question and do it to slight the questioner, then write it all off as an ever so witty joke because of their vast superiority and it's funny that “little critters of nature... They don't know that they're ugly!”.

Now to steal a little something from someone who if they read this will know where I got it from, and hopefully will derive some satisfaction out of the fact that imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Music: “More than a Feeling” by Boston and “American Idiot” by Green Day


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