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Modern Human Behavioral Issue #1

  1. sooner than later profile image56
    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago

    Intellectuals

    When did it become a fad to be an "intellectual thinker". Maybe I'm immature, maybe I can read through B.S. But the "Intellectual thinker" is probably less than 200 years old. I understand being literate and I understand the freedom to ponder, but that does not mean sitting around in coffee houses and 'thinking outside of the box' means you are smart. "I are smart because I ponder" but is what you ponder smart? 90% of the time I say 'not'- but I don't want to start a debate about the personal perspective of what is and is not worth pondering

    1. PrettyPanther profile image84
      PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      To me, this just sounds like a different version of the "elitist" accusation.  Since I don't see what you seem to see, I really can't comment on the specifics of it.

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        elitist is a term I used when a particular person purposly irritated another person. Finally the irritated snapped back at the irritator at which point the irritator accused the irritated of not upholding a standard set by the irritants social belief system. Gosh I'm feeling intellectual.

    2. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Everyone has the right to think. And everyone has the right to think that what they're thinking is interesting.
      What's the problem?
      I don't like the way you think. so ???
      I only laugh
      lol lol lol

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        your reply is oxymoronical on lines 1 and 3.

        1. tantrum profile image60
          tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Really?
          I don't think so
          lol

          1. sooner than later profile image56
            sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            1 and 3 actually.

            1. tantrum profile image60
              tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Really?
              lol

              1. livelonger profile image90
                livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                No.

          2. DogSiDaed profile image61
            DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Don't worry, it's not. He just likes to use 'intellectual' words. I think he is becoming what he fears most wink

            1. tantrum profile image60
              tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              lol

  2. Christene profile image78
    Christeneposted 7 years ago

    Socrates?  399 BC
    Plato? 347 BC
    Aristotle? 322 BC

    A bit more than 200 years.

    1. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Nail right on the head smile
      I think what Sooner than later is noticing is a rising number of intelligent people who rationalise. Why that is an issue I don't quite get

  3. sooner than later profile image56
    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago

    I say most don't have a thought worth thinking, let alone mindless hours of pondering. I'm talking more about the social aspect of it. Its a fad.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
      Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That's a very cynical statement.

      1. Misha profile image73
        Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        One man cynic is another man realist lol

        1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
          Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You think its realistic to categorize 95% of the human race as not having a worthwhile thought? Shame on you.

          1. Misha profile image73
            Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I stay ashamed lol

    2. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      This just sounds like a dig at the people you debate with sometimes on the forums really. I'm not getting involved this time smile

      Edit: Are you trying to say we should limit people's freedom to THINK, let alone speak? lol

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        No. I'm saying end to the starbucks superheroes

        1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
          Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          How would you propose to do that? Round them up and ship them to Gitmo?
          How would you distinguish the Einsteins and Edisons from the "Starbucks superheroes" you want to "end."

          1. sooner than later profile image56
            sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            no, I think we should slap them with cold trout.

            1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
              Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              How would you identify the ones to slap? Just everybody in Starbucks? What about lingerers in Kentucky fried or Taco Bell? Or Ma's Eats?

              1. sooner than later profile image56
                sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                No, I would use my sixth sense. Its not everyone. Really. I can just see them.

              2. DogSiDaed profile image61
                DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I like Costa myself... smile

                I totally agree with Ralph though, you have no right to decide whose opinion is valid and whose isn't on such a premise as 'thinking a lot'.

                1. Misha profile image73
                  Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  You mean you have a right to decide this on other premises?

                  1. DogSiDaed profile image61
                    DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    Oh no, but I was just addressing this one more specifically smile

    3. Arthur Fontes profile image86
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      They said Hinduism was a fad!

  4. Christene profile image78
    Christeneposted 7 years ago

    The social aspect isn't new either. Instead of coffee shops it was Greek Agoras and Roman Forums etc.

    1. sooner than later profile image56
      sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      and group orgies drinking wine out of lead goblets. I know.

  5. sooner than later profile image56
    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago

    maybe there is something to being an intellectual after all. I feel smarter.

  6. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    What's wrong with group orgies? wink

  7. livelonger profile image90
    livelongerposted 7 years ago

    This is a puzzling thing to get worked up over. And maybe a hypocritical one considering OP is posting his intellectual musings online here.

  8. sooner than later profile image56
    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago

    I'm not saying all conversation is this way. Just an intellectuals conversation is always this way. And I can see it. Its my sixth maybe seventh sense.

    1. livelonger profile image90
      livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You're a psychic intellectual, then.

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        No, I think its more discernment really.

  9. Izzy Anne profile image52
    Izzy Anneposted 7 years ago

    I just cannot understand the American suspicion of intellectuals. Who was the presidential candidate who lost votes because he could speak French?  If anything, the role of the public intellectual has decreased over the last century.  Sad really.

    1. sooner than later profile image56
      sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      well, its really like this. when did a hippie become a yuppie. there is a difference in being rounded and being a modern intellectual.

    2. livelonger profile image90
      livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Anti-intellectual populism hasn't grown, it's just switched parties. The Dixiecrats and their ilk just bailed the Democrats and moved to the Republicans.

      1. Misha profile image73
        Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Now, can you say it in the terms understandable to a regular person? wink

      2. Izzy Anne profile image52
        Izzy Anneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        No idea who the dixiecrats are.

        1. livelonger profile image90
          livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Basically the reactionary, populist Southerners, comprising all the stereotypes that non-Americans like to paint us all with when they're not feeling all that friendly towards us. smile

          1. sooner than later profile image56
            sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I feel you take offense to the intellectual name tag?

            1. livelonger profile image90
              livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Not at all. I gather you do.

              1. sooner than later profile image56
                sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Then you are a well rounded individual? excessively literate?

                1. livelonger profile image90
                  livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  lol "excessively literate". I feel you take offense to the Dixiecrat name tag?

                  1. sooner than later profile image56
                    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    not at all.

  10. sooner than later profile image56
    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago

    then sometimes they come to me and I don't have to use my discernment at all.

  11. Arthur Fontes profile image86
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    What's an intellectual?

    1. livelonger profile image90
      livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Someone worthy of loathing because they think too much, but only when they do so in a coffee shop.

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        well they are seen there more. they are actually everywhere. But if I were to start slapping cold trout, thats where I would start.

        1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
          Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Now your slapping intellectuals with trout right your not slapping trout randomly in coffee shops?

          1. sooner than later profile image56
            sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            you got it.

          2. livelonger profile image90
            livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Right. S/he has a magical ability to "sense" intellectuals.

            1. sooner than later profile image56
              sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              discernment. please... keep it proper.

        2. Ralph Deeds profile image70
          Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I hope your cold trout aren't frozen and aren't longer than 12 inches. That could be painful.

          1. sooner than later profile image56
            sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            No, you are right. I don't want to hurt anyone outside of pride. I think chambersgirl has got it, a nice cold pan fry trout.

      2. DogSiDaed profile image61
        DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Is Subway ok then? smile

        I often philosophise over a cool beverage and a Meatball Marinara tongue

        1. livelonger profile image90
          livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I dunno....you'll have to ask OP. Apparently intellectual musings online are absolutely not intellectual at all.

          1. sooner than later profile image56
            sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            intellectual and educated conversations are two different things. I can't explain when I see it. I will make public note when I see some. Maybe I can have a picture of a trout to slap here and there.

            1. livelonger profile image90
              livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I think you just don't want to end up slapping yourself. lol

              1. sooner than later profile image56
                sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                did you know that there are titles for every form of insult? How interesting. I think it would make a great coffee shop conversation. latte anyone.

                1. DogSiDaed profile image61
                  DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  It's 2:40am, no thanks tongue
                  I'll see y'all in the coffee shop tomorrow, I'm off for now, ta ta smile

                  1. sooner than later profile image56
                    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    night. you've been a good sport.

  12. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    This thread is so funny !!!
    lol lol lol

  13. sooner than later profile image56
    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago

    what is that delectible coffee bean that is pooped by another animal?

    1. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Kopi Luwak?

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        you'd get slapped. I'm going to tell you that up front.

  14. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    lol lol

  15. Arthur Fontes profile image86
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    There is not one starbucks in my city.  You walk into a coffee shop around here your probably going to be slapping homeless and mentally handicapped.  Maybe if you hung ouside at the D&D drive through you might see one.

  16. Arthur Fontes profile image86
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    Possibly some seniors. One warning if your outside in the parking lot after dark well just be careful.

  17. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    lol

  18. sooner than later profile image56
    sooner than laterposted 7 years ago

    wine and cheese joints are my second stop.

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      We have beer and pizza?

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        ahh, well thats another kind of conversation. I think some of 'yual' <---did I get that right--- should get slapped with my impotence wand. not you in particular but I can discern white trash as well.

    2. Christene profile image78
      Christeneposted 7 years ago

      Y'all.

    3. profile image0
      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

      The only thing intellectual I've ever heard is to put the toilet seat down when you're done it will save you alot of problems.

      1. sooner than later profile image56
        sooner than laterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Like the cat won't fall in?

    4. chambersgirl21 profile image57
      chambersgirl21posted 7 years ago

      they should be pan fry size and chilled in ice water.

    5. chambersgirl21 profile image57
      chambersgirl21posted 7 years ago

      this thread is funny

     
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