'Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots'

  • vintovka

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    Jun 13, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    When discussing his abstract love for humanity coupled with his personal dislike of most people, the controversial cultural critic Slavoj Žižek boiled it down to this, "Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots"

    True or false? What do yo all think?
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    Jun 13, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    False. That's purely an opinionated statement.
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    Jun 13, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Humans started being ok only in some parts of the world around the 70's I guess.
    Even up to the 1940's the most civilized parts of the world were slaughtering each other like savages for the most idiotic primitive reasons.

    Not impressed.
  • allatonce

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    Jun 13, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    False. I would only give it 75-80%.
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    Jun 13, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    It feels lonely being the 1% icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 13, 2012 6:13 PM GMT
    99%? And I thought I was critical! I agree with the guy above, probably more like 75-80% are boring idiots.
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    Jun 13, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    Elitist shit.

    Rather, what is true is that...

    "If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." ~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    Jun 13, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    dontknowwhy saidIt feels lonely being the 1% icon_sad.gif



    shhhh it's okay, i'm here too
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    Jun 13, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    vintovka said[...] "Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots"
    True or false? What do yo all think?


    Better a decent boring idiot than a dangerous intelligent jerkwad.
  • vintovka

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    Jun 14, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    theantijock saidElitist shit.

    Rather, what is true is that...

    "If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." ~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


    I like that one. Personally I think people are interesting as individuals and it's society that makes them seem boring. (i.e. we are habituated into patterns of behavior that sap our spontaneity/creativity.)
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    100% of people are boring idiots. It's just that some/most of them know how to conceal it better than others. icon_lol.gif
  • Pontifex

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    Jun 14, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure I come across as boring to some people. Almost all of the most interesting things that have happened to me in my life are not something I'd casually share with most people.

    There are things that could generate interest beyond talking about your past but that is one of the major sources of discussion. Everyone has some interesting stories that they want to keep in the closet right beside the torso pic guys.

    I know interesting goes beyond that but you tend to get to know a person by what they have done not necessarily based on who they are now or what they are capable of.
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    vintovka saidWhat do yo all think?
    Thinking is evil.

    ...especially when you're stupid enough to think your OP is correct.

    Humanity is 99.9% boring idiots.

    In other words, with 7 billion people in the world, that still leaves 7 million people who aren't boring idiots.

    If you can't find them, stop worrying about them and start worrying about how stupid you are for not being able to find them.

    Kthx. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    Josh1992 saidFalse. That's purely an opinionated statement.
    97.6327453% of statistics are incorrect.
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    Jun 14, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    TRUE. Most people are only interesting for negative reasons, like being stupid.
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    Jun 14, 2012 7:31 AM GMT
    xrichx said100% of people are boring idiots. It's just that some/most of them know how to conceal it better than others with alcohol and funny anecdotes. icon_lol.gif


    fix'd
  • Webster666

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    Jun 14, 2012 7:39 AM GMT
    That's a tough call, because each of us comes across as a boring idiot to some people.

    I used to think that we should be able to carry on a fun and funny and intelligent conversation with anybody. But, that just isn't the case.
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    vintovka said
    theantijock saidElitist shit.

    Rather, what is true is that...

    "If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." ~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


    I like that one. Personally I think people are interesting as individuals and it's society that makes them seem boring. (i.e. we are habituated into patterns of behavior that sap our spontaneity/creativity.)


    Yes, and you like it because it speaks to the individual as a human being, not only each with a brain which is the most complex structure known, but each with their own set of tribulations uniquely forging their perceptions.

    "A refinery is for silver, a furnace is for gold, but God tries the heart"~~Proverbs 17:3

    Seeing each individual for who they are is like looking through the kaleidoscope of humanity and not just being mesmerized by the totality but really noticing how each fragment moves in the mirrors. For some the view is overwelming and so they glaze over it and call it boring. Or they become armchair humanitarians. Why involve yourself in the messy lives of the less fortunate when you can just write a check?

    As to sapping creativity, there's this little thing called survival and each individual is just trying to make it to the next day. There's another thread on "life is hard", and it is, and anyone who doesn't think so isn't doing it right.

    "If you have no troubles, buy a goat"~~saying

    So we have certain tasks we must perform. But being handed your bag of food from the drive thru doesn't tell you the struggles of the person in the window. And we have so many problems of our own that it is difficult to remain cognizant that others have problems too.

    The neighbor to one side of me has a mother who just had an electrode removed from her brain which had given her better control over her Parkinson's. Also she deals daily with her teenage daughter suffering leukemia. The neighbor to the other side of me also has leukemia and a horder wife. Child services frequently visits them. The neighbor across the street from me is so heavy that he drives his garbage cans to the curb. The guy next door to him had been on home dialysis and recently got a transplant, he cares for his daughter in law on home arrest with one of those ankle boxes attached to her. These people aren't boring. They're fucking fascinating.

    But if a person grows impatient or indulges their own overinflated ego, if they lack empathy, when they fail to truly get in touch with their own self, then they might see others as boring. Bores find others boring.