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Jake Maddox

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Do you find it difficult to engage in intellectual conversations with people in general?

It happens to me all the time. My wife encourages me to have dinner with her friend and her friend's husband. "It's the opportunity to socialize and meet new interesting people!", she proclaims. And yet the same boring conversations unfold. The guy rambles on about how many yards this guy ran, and how many interceptions this guy threw, and did you see how many spiders that guy ate on Fear Factor, etc, etc. I ask something like, "Hey, did you see that they possibly discovered the Higgs Boson at the LHC?" And the guy looks at me like I'm from Mars, "The LH what?". Then my wife makes a comment like I'm a nerd then everyone laughs. I'm far from a social misfit or hobbit, I just prefer to discuss things that stimulate me intellectually. I hope I don't offend anyone for saying so, but most of the time I feel like I'm surrounded by people that are intellectually challenged, to put it kindly. And maybe that's just it, if you consider that the average intellectual quotient is around 100. They're easily entertained and amuzed to watch television shows cataloging the "real world" of college kids living in a house together, arguing over who got the most trashed the night before at the club.

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      Aug 30 2012: I empathize with this viewpoint and understand and admire your ability to imagine misperception. Faith is a tricky subject I have found. My experiences have led me to think the difficulty lies in the individuals logical ability. Most employ either a deductive logic/argument system or a abstract logic/argument system. The more of one way one employs the less of the other it can and in this way extraction of inherent collaborative effort in life suffers. A battle of "good and evil", "ignorance and enlightenment", etc. Pervades our existence with understandings of this to varying degrees. The implications and personifications of this are immeasurable. Perhaps the missing link everyone is privy to is inherent inability to deductively abstract a "faith", a raison d'etre, from the state of mind alluded to before the "battle of good and evil" began.
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      Aug 30 2012: You seem to be a good-hearted and genuine man Don. Much is lost in communication without our intonations and inflections. No hard feelings here. Take care buddy.
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          Aug 31 2012: I can often be unknowingly quite brash Don. It's a personal flaw. You'll see it in my replies and comments. I have good intentions I just can be a bit too straight forward at times. Best wishes.
    • Aug 31 2012: I'll keep that in mind even if it wasn't for me lol :)
      Appreciate your sincere advice, Don.
      You seem truly wise and warm-hearted...

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