Why do some people concern themselves with mediocrity?

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by Aut-postius, Mar 14, 2002.

  1. Aut-postius Registered Senior Member

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    This is my debut post. I've been observing for a while. Glad I found this place (with a pink floyd lyric and a search engine at that).

    Back to the topic, pompous as it may sound, it is, in a way, true. We all sit here thinking on higher things - and we amount for (what I'd estimate) a very, very small fraction of the population.

    So why do you feel it's important to think about our situation as humans, and sometimes - do you feel like it's possible to step outside the shell of being human and look at our existence objectively. To see ourselves for what we really are?

    Why do you do it? Why do you think the rest of our species doesn't seem to have interest?

    Personally, I've experienced the places my mind and imagination can take me to, and I want to get to the root of everything human. To meddle with the very fabric of our purpose....

    Oh, and how many of you are Aquarians?
     
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  3. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

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    I love the exchange of ideas, the banter, the mental exercise gained from sparring here (although there are a few who are woefully out of shape.)

    I concern myself with it because occasionally -- just occasionally, mind you -- I am able to push someone else out of their mediocrity. And it's got to be a chain reaction. That person will push one, and so on. If people don't discuss issues, both worldly and trivial, understanding falls apart. Trading viewpoints from all over the world is a privilege that I am sometimes humbled to be a part of.

    Welcome to SciForums, Aut-postius.
    An excellent opening post!!

    Peace.
     
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  5. *stRgrL* Kicks ass Valued Senior Member

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    Welcome, Aut-postius. A very good opening post indeed! I question things, because I am a very curious cat. I LIVE for knowledge, I feel high just learning new things (and debating things of course

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    But I see were both dragons, if we were going by Chinese astrology

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  7. kmguru Staff Member

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    In statistics, we take samples to represent the population. Here is no different. I feel, we have a good sample. Here we have real physicists, poets, philosophers, engineers, rocket scientists, renaissants, artists, loones, crazies, boys, girls, old geezers, dreamy eyed high schoolers, small penises, large penises.....


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  8. Chagur .Seeker. Registered Senior Member

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    Hi, Aut-postius ...

    Re. "...do you feel like it's possible to step outside the shell of being human and look at our existence objectively."

    Funny you mentioned that. Just the other day Finuke, my pet dolphin, and
    I were discussing that very question. For what it's worth, Finuke doesn't
    think so. Oh well.

    Re. "To see ourselves for what we really are?"

    I don't think Finuke will mind my sharing his thoughts with
    you ... He titled them: In Memorium

    I, the naked ape, the killer ape,
    The ape of apes and God of Apes;

    Fought and slew, and killed my own ...
    And any else that shared this whirling sphere;

    I created and destroyed, dreamed and screamed,
    And fled to a hell of my own making;

    I cursed and prayed, built and sundered ...
    Fearing most ... something deep within my cells;

    But too ... I loved and cooed, laughed and cried,
    And wondered what I was ... And why;

    Delighting in the sun's hot rays,
    I fought the cold and dark of night,
    Did what no other on this planet could;

    I destroyed the naked ape ...
    And left none else to fill the void.


    But, what the hell, Finuke was only thirty five in human years when he
    thought those thoughts ... And what does a dolphin know?

    Take care, and welcome to Sciforums

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  9. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    I'm a Terran.

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  10. peter/peter U.W.P. Registered Senior Member

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    I, Myself...

    I being myself do love to revel in it. "Mediocrity" that is.

    Oh how fun it is to be in this human game.

    To offend to love, What else is left to explore but ourselves.

    Ah but the true curse of knowledge, to know what could be, but sadly what will never come............

    Besides what else is there to do.................I am always open to ideas!!


    Chagur: What a cool poem, for a fish........

    Dont forget its all in the magic...........................................
     
  11. Chagur .Seeker. Registered Senior Member

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    peter/peter ...

    PLEEEEASE!

    Dolphins are not fish!

    I'm glad Finuke didn't see your post.

    Take care

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  12. esp Registered Senior Member

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    Aut-postius, welcome!

     
  13. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

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    Esp...

    Yes! Ful heartedly agreement on that one.

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    Nothing to add...
     
  14. I think that it's not so much a case of people being uninterested, but rather people simply not knowing that there's more out there in life than the latest TV show/blockbuster movie/Britney Spears scandal.

    It's like that saying from philosophy "wisest is she who knows she does not know". Your average Mediocre-Joe-Sixpack just isn't aware of what s/he doesn't know.

    Then they see us pompous thinking types as elitist. Lets face it, if someone sees two people talking about something which they have no clue about, they're gonna feel alienated and detached.

    Partly, I blame the media/entertainment industry. It's so dumbed down...I mean, everything is aimed at the lowest common denominator. Nothing to really challenge people or make them think. It's all glossy and sugar sweet. OK, so we don't want every trip to the movies to be some soul-searching, brain wrenching experience, but there's no reason why it has to be the opposite way either.

    anyway, just my opinion

    Io
     
  15. Aut-postius Registered Senior Member

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    Re: Hi, Aut-postius ...





    Wow. I know you're probably accustomed to this, but geez - that sent shivers up my spine. Really great writing. You have talent, my freind.
     
  16. peter/peter U.W.P. Registered Senior Member

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    Up above it...

    ALL HAIL THE HIGH HORSE OF -IO-

    chill out..

    Not everything needs to be about inner self exploration....

    What will you acomplish with all of your high thought?????\


    But hey, if it makes you feel better to look down on the common man so be it... Whatever gets you thru the days.


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