Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Late night ramble

People should be more comfortable with being wrong. Deep down, I think we all know that we know nothing, but we like to think that we have the answers. When someone comes along to challenge this facade, we get defensive. We hate being wrong. From a very young age we are taught in school that there are right answers and wrong answers, and it's very bad to have the wrong answers. Getting bad grades is something to be ashamed of. Being wrong is something to be ashamed of. Well, there are issues that aren't so obviously right and wrong. This also means that it has become very impolite to call someone else wrong, or to even challenge their beliefs. When it comes to the tough questions that don't have an obvious right or wrong answer, you get a lot of crazy beliefs, but if you call them crazy, you're just a dick. People think it's awful to be wrong, so you shouldn't try to prove them wrong, even if they obviously are.

To combat this attitude, I urge you all to start spouting off the craziest, most insane beliefs on any subject, just to try and get people to call you on your bullshit. You'll be amazed at how far you can go and still have people smile and nod at you. You know they think you're bat-shit insane, but they hardly ever say it. Are people talking politics? Tell them that you're not voting this year because you vowed long ago that you would never help an alien to get elected, and you're afraid that not a single one of the candidates are human. Are people talking about the weather? Tell them how rain is actually the tears of Jumba, the gorilla god, who is crying over the loss of his golden chalice which was stolen by the ferret god, Bynta. Have fun with it. And don't be afraid to call me or anyone else on their bullshit. The only way to make it socially acceptable is by forcing people to do it, right?

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