my aunt told me while i was in alma that sometimes she doesn't like talking to me because i'm too smart, and the amount of random stuff that i know makes her feel stupid.
i thought she was just being weird until i ended up at verizon picking up a cellphone. the woman there grabbed out two plastic bags and i was like "you can just put all our stuff in one" and she looked at me like i was retarded and laughed a little and was like "yeah, like there's not enough plastic in the world".
i looked at her and then at the bag and was like "well you know plastic is made from petroleum which is not only extremely expensive right now, but it also a nonrenewable resource"
she looked at me funny and walked away.
i think my aunt was right :( i feel bad, but i like teaching people things. i caught myself doing shit exactly like that the entire time i was down there. i don't mean to make people feel stupid, but i know if the situation were reversed i would like to be educated rather than remain ignorant.
Yeah, I know the feeling. I've also been told I make people feel stupid, and it's completely unintentional. Like you, I'd rather correct people or inform them when they're in error than perpetuate misinformation.
It's still kind of weird to be confronted with though, because half the time I don't feel like I really know anything at all. :\
I find myself correcting people all the time and they never like it. -.- They're always like, "STOP EFFIN' CORRECTING ME, KEVIN. GOD." Like I can help it.
I share the same sentiments with you. I'd rather be educated than remain ignorant and perhaps wrong all the time about something, thus looking stupid to the people who know otherwise.
However, if people wish to remain stupid and don't want to be educated/corrected, screw 'em, y'know? :D
You've taught me quite a few things about this and that and I'm appreciative of that. :o So anyone who isn't should get a swift kick in the browneye and told to STFU. <3
lol i can understand getting pissed if you're correcting something annoying like their grammar constantly, but i don't understand it if you're correcting something worthwhile, like facts, and them getting all pissy.
argh people, stop trying to stay stupid. :\
More of the same here...
I especially have a difficult time restraining my love of semantics. I detest people who will say something stupid, get corrected, then say in defense, "it's just semantics".
Semantics exists for a reason. To state something incorrectly then say in your own defense that it's "just semantics" is like stating that you don't care about meaning what you say and saying what you mean. I *especially* have a problem with seeing things like that in e-mails and online, when you have time to review what you say for clarity.
People get mad at me all the time for correcting what they perceive as minor semantic infractions. Too often do I hear the phrase, "oh you know what I meant!", uttered in sheer exasperation by victims of my own anal retentiveness.
I don't care. "A is A", and can never be otherwise.
I don't up and say things to people very often (too shy) but I think them, and I see nothing at all wrong with you saying things like that and trying to teach people things. Personally, I appreciate it when someone takes the trouble to try to teach me something. I consider that the day I stop learning new things will be the day they lay me down and start shoveling dirt in my face.