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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
MTC
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:17:51 AM
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And how do you think they feel about us?
ludic
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:38:20 AM

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Personally, I balk at confabbing with someone who is stupider than me. I just keep looking for an alibi to rid myself of them after polite exchanges of phatic expressions.

Thanks for the introduction to that word, MTC Angel.

वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं - हितोपदेश The world is my family.- Hitopadesh


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Vickster
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:59:31 AM

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Wow... can you say arrogant?? Truly sad if this is how you feel...

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes
DarkMoon
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:08:02 AM

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I wouldn't use words pleasant, and love in given context at all.

I am too far away of judging if someone is foolish, or more stupid or less intelligent. Just like MTC said, judgement and assessment works in both directions. Simply, when I can't find a common language with somebody, I try not to talk with this person, and to reduce our contacts to a minimum. And vice versa, if I notice that somebody is trying to avoid any contact with me for any reason, I just make it easier for this person as well. Why to suffer unnecessarily. ;)
LampsJT
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Daemon wrote:
<script>add2all('quote')</script><img align=left width="100" height="145" src="http://img.tfd.com/IOD/jerome.jpg">It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.<br><br><a href="http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Jerome%2c+Jerome+Klapka">Jerome K. Jerome</a> (1859-1927)


Abso-'kin-lutely matey! I know the feeling ;)
LampsJT
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:15:18 AM
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Vickster wrote:
Wow... can you say arrogant?? Truly sad if this is how you feel...


Germans call that schadenfreude. If you're one of those miffy sproglets, I'd suggest pity as a meiotic alternative.
AJC
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:18:39 AM

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How do you actually assess another as "stupider" than you,Ludic?

Feed Your Head-Grace Slick
LampsJT
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:37:18 AM
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AJC wrote:
How do you actually assess another as "stupider" than you,Ludic?


Gordon 'kin Bennet. Pardon my francais but let's not go there matey!!
AJC
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:23:48 PM

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So, you've managed to insult just about everyone. Your explanation and attempt at backpeddling does nothing to ameliorate your original statement.

Now, I'm walking away. Done!

Feed Your Head-Grace Slick
ludic
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:21:08 PM

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Speak your mind, get misconstrued; explain yourself, get accused of backpedaling! Phew... my conversation skills are indeed going to pot!

I wish people hadn't seen so many viles in the world as to suspect them in the guileless too... As there is little else I can do to prove no craft in my posts, I'll watch my words now on and keep a check on my frequency of posts. I am sorry if anyone felt insulted. Thanks for awakening me to the real world.

वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं - हितोपदेश The world is my family.- Hitopadesh


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Bovinestein
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:01:43 PM
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How do you know if someone is stupider than yourself?
"Never underestimate your own ignorance."
MTC
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:02:47 PM
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None of this group, intelligent and educated though they be, is perfect. All of us have said things we regret, including me. And how many times have all of us been misunderstood? Please bear in mind these words: “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” ( Robert Muller) Someday you and I may be in need of forgiveness ourselves.

To ludic: You are welcome for the comments on "phatic."

Sincerely,

MTC
AJC
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:36:34 PM

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Ok, Ok, Thanks for the reminder MTC. I'm sorry Ludic. I reacted too strongly. Don't want you walking around on eggs.

Accepted??Pray

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ludic
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:58:29 PM

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Thanks MTC, for the ray of rationality in the rapidly dilapidating thread.

I was just as much at fault as you, AJC, with that ambiguous statement. Your apology is most certainly accepted. Angel

वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं - हितोपदेश The world is my family.- Hitopadesh


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LampsJT
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:25:00 PM
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MTC wrote:
None of this group, intelligent and educated though they be, is perfect. All of us have said things we regret, including me. And how many times have all of us been misunderstood? Please bear in mind these words: “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” ( Robert Muller) Someday you and I may be in need of forgiveness ourselves.

To ludic: You are welcome for the comments on "phatic."

Sincerely,

MTC


I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea - Quixote fella

Gross parachronistic relict!

A sapient mind reflects upon epigrams and subjects the most irreproachable of minds to critical analysis. A sequacious underling... - John Bull

People who use quotes to substantiate their contention are incapable of dialectical reasoning. Ipse-dixitism is their crust.
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:42:24 PM

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Stupid is as stupid does. Forrest Gump.

There but for the grace of God go I. John Bradford. ( adapted )

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Toddey65
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 6:23:58 PM

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LampsJT wrote:
MTC wrote:
None of this group, intelligent and educated though they be, is perfect. All of us have said things we regret, including me. And how many times have all of us been misunderstood? Please bear in mind these words: “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” ( Robert Muller) Someday you and I may be in need of forgiveness ourselves.

To ludic: You are welcome for the comments on "phatic."

Sincerely,

MTC


I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea - Quixote fella

Gross parachronistic relict!

A sapient mind reflects upon epigrams and subjects the most irreproachable of minds to critical analysis. A sequacious underling... - John Bull

People who use quotes to substantiate their contention are incapable of dialectical reasoning. Ipse-dixitism is their crust.


Everybody uses quotes to substantiate their contention, every book you read is so. I would not be surprised if many of the most intelligent people also *gasp* used quotes. Now Please stop your annoying rants that are actually grotesquely inane. Oh sure you are using a colorful vocabulary to substantiate your rants but that doesn't prove anything.

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein





"Marijuana will be legal someday, because the many law students who now smoke pot will one day be Congressmen and they will legalize it to protect themselves. I don't smoke pot, and I'm glad because then I can champion it without any special pleading. The reason I don't smoke pot is because it facilitates ideas and heightens sensations-and I got enough shit flying through my head without smoking pot." - Lenny Bruce
Babezy
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:27:41 PM

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Have we gone too far down a different path for me to point out that Jerome K. Jerome was a comic writer, and that he poked fun at himself all the time? In his books, he's always telling how friends, his wife, and children get the better of him. He's really funny.

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. --Dorothy Parker
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:05:00 PM

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I think introducing sense at this point is, perhaps, futile. But thanks for comin' out !

Sanity is not statistical
jcbarros
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JKJ,Finally I met a guy that understand me!Angel
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:35:46 PM
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I don't think a person's worth depends upon their intelligence; nor do I think that intelligence is determined by how extensive one's vocabulary is, how good they are in math, what great philosopher they quote, or how well one writes, or how well one expresses one's self, or-- how computer savvy one is-- etc. etc. etc. I’m sorry. I just don’t.

I think this is only glamour that creates an illusion about one's self.

I too seek a common language with my fellow beings as much as I can without sacrificing or annihilating who I am. This is sometimes difficult because I realize I am an anachronism--always was---always will be-- and most likely as a consequence of this, will always be alone, being seen as weird or thought of as “crazy”, always out of sync with the rest of the world . Yet-- I can find a common thread in almost everyone, even the most simplest among us. And if the truth be told, most generally, I actually prefer their company to the pseudo intellectuals that one encounters at every bend in the road with their black tongues and cold stone hearts that no amount of intelligence can hide.

These are the people I try to avoid.

And when I realize that a person does not want to be around me-- or talk to me---or be seen with me, or see me as being inferior in some way, I too give them a helping hand by going out of my way not to impose my presence upon their company, and even go so far as to help supply them with their excuses and alibis in order to help speed them on their way.

At this moment in my life, the only thing that I can really say is: “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy…” Billy Currington

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ludic
Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 2:16:25 AM

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Everyone can pretend to be holy Joes here, but the truth is that no-one here can put their hands on heart and say they never had a moment when they felt someone was stupid, when they didn't feel like ridding themselves of this person's company. Do you at such moments stop and think of all the sapient quotes and saintly stuff you posted here? no, you don't. Why, when you read my post, surely you felt I was stupid, didn't you?

I am relatively green, impetuous and wrote the first thing that came to me on reading the JKJ quote - it is not pleasant for me to come across stupider people; and I got a good bashing for that. I appreciate it as it helped me on the way to evolving into a person better fitting to the world - a mealy-mouthed sweet-talker, who will utter nothing but what appeals to others.

वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं - हितोपदेश The world is my family.- Hitopadesh


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ludic
Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 2:19:21 AM

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En passant, I only just noticed the 'edit' button in the Daily Feed Section! Dancing

वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं - हितोपदेश The world is my family.- Hitopadesh


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kitten
Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:55:26 AM

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Daemon wrote:
It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so. Jerome K. Jerome(1859-1927)



The above JKJ quote is from a story entitled, "The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow."


The above quote is found in the section, "On Cats and Dogs." He is talking about his experiences with cats and dogs, and then comes this passage.........



Yes, poor doggie, you are very stupid, very stupid indeed, compared with us clever men, who understand all about politics and philosophy, and who know everything, in short, except what we are and where we came from and whither we are going, and what everything outside this tiny world and most things in it are.

Never mind, though, pussy and doggie, we like you both all the better for your being stupid. We all like stupid things. Men can't bear clever women, and a woman's ideal man is some one she can call a "dear old stupid." It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so. The world must be rather a rough place for clever people. Ordinary folk dislike them, and as for themselves, they hate each other most cordially.

But there, the clever people are such a very insignificant minority that it really doesn't much matter if they are unhappy. So long as the foolish people can be made comfortable the world, as a whole, will get on tolerably well.



Of Cats and Dogs. <<<<<< Project Gutenberg's, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, by Jerome K. Jerome, published in 1886. <<<<< www.gutenberg.org


The whole story is actually a very nice read. As I have said before it is a shame the quotes are taken out of context.Boo hoo!


peace out, >^,,^<





The poor object to being governed badly, whilst the rich object to being governed at all. G.K. Chesterton
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:10:19 AM
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It is certainly a curious that the prior quote by Gustave Flaubert is "Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless." So I guess Jerome was a pretty happy fellow.

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