T O P

Adults are far more stupid than I had anticipated as a child.

Adults are far more stupid than I had anticipated as a child.

BeautifulNacho

I thought I would be so much wiser, but now I just pretend I am while trying to look confident.


venerable4bede

You have discovered the secret.. most people are faking it till they make it. And if you are humble and willing to learn at the same time they are bound for success. If they are arrogant and closed minded they become the adult toddlers the OP mentions


Person21323231213242

But that brings up a question, does anyone ever really make it? Like, is there anyone out there who has actually become wise after faking it for a while, or is everyone who appears wise also just pretending for the sake of achieving an impossible goal they set for themselves based on the illusions created by the "noteworthy" people around them? What even is the dividing line between "faking wisdom" and "true wisdom" anyway?


ifuckwithit

Depends. Everyone has their own definition of “making it”. The end goal might not be to be wise but just have some job/life stability.


Tsund_Jen

This guy right here made it. That realization alone is 99% of the battle. Once you understand there is no "Making It", you're just aiming your bow at a moving target and every time you nail it, you take aim at a new target, you'll be so much happier for it.


Tau-Is-Better

The famous cellist Pablo Cassals was asked why he still practiced so many hours a day even in his 80s. He replied that he was still making progress.


holiwud111

TBH, most people that I have run across who have "made it" don't even realize that they've already won. I'm in my early 40's, have a well-paying job, a wife and three kids, I work from home, and we own a nice house and cars. Barring some catastrophe I will be able to comfortably pay for my kids college and my own retirement. I work with lots of executives who make insane money but they work 70 hours a week, travel constantly, and many of them never got to watch their kids grow up. Not knocking them for their choices, mind you... it takes an incredible amount of drive, dedication and hard work to reach that level of professional success - it's probably hard for them to switch that off. I just have different priorities. For me, "making it" is having financial security, family, and leisure time.


mauxly

I went from homeless ghetto punk to job that I absolutely love, it trips all of my pleasure sensors in my brain, so I actually like going to work. And the job pays the bills and then some. Have an awesome husband. I'm not rich, but I think I have it made in that way. Of course, there are other articles in my life that need improvement.


ArrivalVertex

You probably are much wiser. I can honestly say I'm infinitely wiser than when I was a teenager, and I'm sure will continue to be wiser as I get older.


menacing_halo

The truth is, the wiser you are, the more you see how far you are from being truly wise


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*Arrogant*


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TonyStark39

Only a fool thinks himself to be wise, for a wise man knows that he knows nothing.


SweetSlowKiss

https://i.imgur.com/pNIiObr.gifv


-GeneralDerp-

I get that vibe from OP tbh. If you constantly look down on people just having fun because they’re not “elite” enough then I doubt they wanna be around you either And people can be serious and mature, but thank fuck they’re not all the time.


toesandmoretoes

I think it was a jab at OP


saint_davidsonian

Yes. But it was a *confident* jab at OP


Holocene32

Hey this is a *confident* reply to a comment! Elitist!


eppydeservedbetter

That was my thought as well, and I assume the person wrote that comment for that reason. OP came across as very snobby. If everybody else seems to be the issue...OP needs to do some self-reflecting. They could be the most immature of all.


sccrj888

Every group of people has an asshole amongst them. If you do not know who that is....it's probably you.


Vesko567

>But the worst are the morons who think they're smarter than everyone else. Those like OP


ItsFrit

He doesn’t even think farts are funny!


gingerjacaranda

I've always believed that not finding farts hilarious was a silly way to go through life, because you're going to encounter the exact same number of farts, regardless, but you're going to have significantly less joy.


ChimneyCraft

I'd agree... I personally don't find them funny at all, I think it's just how I was raised with my parents constantly saying it was rude. Or my brother who would constantly rip ass in my face and his farts smelled fucking terrible. And I am a pretty miserable individual, so I'd agree with your statement


Wolves_are_sheep

>Or my brother who would constantly rip ass in my face and his farts smelled fucking terrible. Omfg you poor soul


SunnyPenguino

This is the most beautiful thing I've read today and I'm stealing it. Ok, I'll give you credit, I can't not do that.


Nacl_mtn

That's the joke.


The_Unreliable_94

>the worst are the morons who think they’re smarter than everyone else. Ah, management.


Pretend-Salt-66

Dunning Kruger


Individual-Ad9983

Well said my guy


OkComputron

It's not about thinking you're 'smarter' necessarily. I know I'm not any smarter than my coworkers, but there's a list of words I can't say at work, like "sensitive", in any context, or else it immediately devolves into a bunch of 14 year olds telling dick jokes. Why? Do they feel it's expected of them or something?


PrimishDirective

I remember getting my first proper adult job and being so excited....I was going to be working amongst adults! Adults behaving adultishly! No more high school aged stupidity or bullying or slacking off, just mature, competent individuals who did their work and were civilized to each other. Oh. Oh no.


Willing-Sock

High School never ends.


Injectingmaplesyrup

People get worse I think


NoCrossUnturned

The cliques that form among middle-aged/elderly people in living communities are so much worse than high school.


StarlitSylveon

There were legit fights over pie at the local senior center near my house. Pie. ffs. And the pie is made for a fundraiser.


raz-0

Of course they are. They are the same assholes who were like that in school, just with several decades of joining their craft.


XxDanflanxx

They start killing the few brain cells they had.


Maenethal

The whole damn world is just as obsessed with who’s the best dressed and who’s having sex.


IndieSkylore

[It sure doesn't.](https://youtu.be/jrxI_euTX4A)


triemell000

Ty for posting this. I kept hearing this song in my head while reading this post xD


Black_Floyd47

Did you see the [new video](https://youtu.be/Q8B0tAHrM5k) that dropped a couple of days ago? Featuring Hanson and animated like a Scooby-Doo cartoon!


imtoddchavez

There are not enough words to describe my happiness seeing Bowling for Soup being discussed here on reddit.


No-Pomegranate-2462

Thanks so much for sharing that dude! I used to love BFS, my favorite band for like a decade. Had no idea about this.


bagforlifefullofbees

Banger of a song


Chimpbot

After working for a variety of companies, I quickly came to the realization that despite what an operation may look like on the outside, they're almost always run by people who don't *entirely* know what they're doing. Every business is kinda fucked up, and everyone working at or running them is more or less making it up as they go along. If it seems like a well-oiled machine on the surface, it's probably held together with duct tape and twine once you get under the hood.


Clxmorr

I heard this thing about the theory or limit of competence or something, that basically because the way business works the skilled workers will become poor managers, the good managers will become a poor district manager, and the loyal second hand man will be a weak leader. Basically everyone gets promoted to where they are the least effective.


finalremix

Yup, AKA the Peter Principle. People get promoted to the level of their incompetence, because the skills at one level don't all (or don't *at all*) translate to another level.


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It's worse than that. They actively put the incompetent in charge because they're better yes-men and toe-cutters than the competent ones.


KarmanScholl

that sounds terrible, and where do the competent people even go after that then lol


djl8699

Look up the term Peter Principle. Essentially competent people move up the ladder to eventually reach a point where they're incompetent. On a long enough timeline that makes everybody incompetent at their job.


Liveonish

Maybe they're just the best person for the job, while not being especially great? I can imagine that some jobs are really fucking hard to do, so someone who is half decent is better than someone terrible.


Cockalorum

> I can imagine that some jobs are really fucking hard to do, That's the basic underlying precept of the Peter Principle - it assumes that people who do their job competently get promoted, until they get to a level that they are no longer competent to do their job, at which point they are no longer promoted. Summed up by the expression "people rise to their level of incompetence" I disagree with the Peter Principle because of 2 facts - it assumes that promotions are based on competency (hehehe) and it also assumes that higher level jobs are harder. I believe that truth of the matter is that managing people is an entirely different skillset from the people doing the work - its not harder, just different.


getyourownpillow

Yeah same i thought adult would behave the same as my teachers, all professionals, nope they were loud, bratty, and insane


1-800-DO-IT-NICE

The teachers probably were too, just not in view of the kids.


Jackofallgames213

I know from my mom being a teacher that there is a lot of drama and crap like that between staff.


livefromthestyx

Can confirm, all the teachers got turnt at my brother’s graduation party (including the nuns)


MeatTornadoLove

The first time I realized I was truly an adult was when I was out at a bar with some friends and this group of young women giggling and acting as young women do were next to me and chatty. I asked them what they did and they said teachers. Not one of them was a day over 24, and all acted like the girls at my prom. Nothing wrong with it just funny stuff.


Sgt_Smitty

I have a lot of teacher friends and from what I hear the Teachers' Lounge is a viper pit.


KarlUnderguard

Then I got older and found out my high-school teachers went to the same shitty dive bars I went to.


JapesMojo

I was excited to work at a job with people who were competent and knew what they were doing and then I realized. Nobody knows what they’re doing. Everyone figures it out as they go and nobody has all the answers. You just wing it until you figure it out. That’s when it hit me. As a kid I thought adults knew what was going on. As an adult I know that nobody knows what is going on.


Subacrew98

>As an adult I know that nobody knows what is going on. The problem lies in the self-awareness. It's healthy to be like "damn, I'm an adult and still winging it" vs "I'm an adult so that means I'm an authority! Can I define shit? No, but I'm still an adult so therefore I *will* define shit." The insecurity of adulthood is real.


Rayaarito

The insecurity is so real. It feels feels like many think they're supposed to know everything, and don't, so they act like they do with such confidence. It's such a problem at work. Especially for those who know they don't know everything so they follow the guys and girls who pretend just to find out we wasted all our time doing absolute dog shit.


Old-Ad-6203

I really wish society could normalize admitting when you don’t know something. In my work experience I see people all the time bullshitting their way with feigned arrogance, getting rewarded and applauded for it, but breaking shit along the way. Just admit you don’t know and you might find people who can help.


DarthRoach

>Nobody knows what they’re doing. There are absolutely people out there who know what they're doing. It just takes time and effort to get there, and in some fields "what you're doing" involves dealing with unknowns a lot.


Sota4077

Adults are more developed, but that only means most of them have better skills to be more petty and stupid than they did when they were children. When you are younger you have certain reservations about speaking up because you still have this desire to fit in among people around you. When you get to be an adult you shed that to a degree. But the people who were stupid as hell in high school are still stupid they are just more emotionally developed so they are more outspoken and the stupid shit they kept in their head all those years not bleeds out into society and we have to listen to it.


GoodAtExplaining

I met Kurt Vonnegut at a party in undergrad held by the university. Perhaps in alcohol fueled lucidity he pulled me aside and said “the rest of your adult life will be just like high school.” I’m still not sure whether I’m upset because it was partially false or partially true.


Dense-Hat1978

"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." - Kurt Vonnegut


Chairmanca93

Yes. Majority of people are stupid.


RandomTrashMob

All this post shows, and every subsequent top comment, is that everyone thinks everyone else is a giant fucking idiot.


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The whole post/comments belong on r/iamverysmart


RandomTrashMob

Yea :( makes me a little sad lol.


Kuttlan

I think OP is right but worded it badly and probably is pretty arrogant. I dont consider myself smart. I'm at best of average intelligence but i try to stay informed. Anyway. Where i agree with OP is that i used to think that every adult is smart(er) or that everyone with PhD is a genius or someone who works a certain job is super smart... but that isn't the case very often. Looking back at jobs I worked at right after school I realised that people still act like the mean girl at your high-school and that stuff like bullying or being incredibly childish is very normal. You have the same fights you used to have at school. people love to gossip. People arent open minded etc It just was somehow disappointing seeing that some adults are just older looking kids.


Karl_von_grimgor

I think the OP is one because he thinks this is an unpopular opinion lmao


chandyego84

Aha yup. Most ppl who post here don’t know what “unpopular” is. They just rant


BreezyWrigley

Mods should secretly switch the vote buttons so that all votes clicked are actually counted opposite, and then we’d see actually unpopular opinions rise to the top. OP might be mistaken about opinion being unpopular, but all the idiot resistors that upvoted a very popular opinion to like 9k points are even more misguided about the point of the sub


Neuchacho

The truth is we're all idiots. The people who think otherwise being the biggest ones.


Timberwolf501st

We're all idiots depending on how you measure things. If idiot is only in reference to human potential, there is bound to be plenty of people who are both idiotic and genius just due to human variance. I've found that many people are smart in specific ways and foolish in others. Foolish is not necessary a single value that can be assigned in general, but rather should be assigned to label a person's ability in specific skills. People will assign value to specific skills and look for those tendencies in others. When others don't prove to be smart in those categories they decide the person is just an idiot in general, when there is a strong chance there are other skills the person is exceptional at. People are too quick to discount the ability of others. We live in an intricate world, with complex issues and an increasing need for adults to approach all discussions with the nuanced perspective they deserves.


Neuchacho

> People will assign value to specific skills and look for those tendencies in others. When others don't prove to be smart in those categories they decide the person is just an idiot in general, when there is a strong chance there are other skills the person is exceptional at. This is exactly why we are all some shade of idiot. Everyone is an idiot to someone in some way because no one can know or be capable of everything. It is the recognition that individual potential and ability will always have a ceiling. I'm really just saying there's no reason to not be humble in this regard, because there's definitely more things than not that we'd all look completely fucking inept at doing or explaining.


Grundlestiltskin_

I mean I am an idiot, but so is everyone else.


RandomTrashMob

Same. Together!! Idiots strong.


ristrettoexpresso

The ironic part is that this is not an unpopular opinion (but still gets posted here regularly as if it is some kind of insightful realization). Many - if not most - think they are the smart ones and everyone else is dumb. We are all the centers of our own tiny worlds. I recommend you watch/listen to [This is Water](https://youtu.be/eC7xzavzEKY). Maybe will help change your perspective. Edit: added link. Thanks for the award!


hooooot13

Something like 65% of Americans think they are more intelligent than average and 85% think they are better drivers than average. Edit: since some people are reading this comment I suggest you go look at OPs comment history. I love to see what these geniuses write on the internet


Icnaredef

Well, clearly those Americans are wrong, because I'm the smarter than average one.


Jeheh

I’ve placed video games for years…HOW CAN I POSSIBLY BE A BAD DRIVER.


Karcinogene

If 65% of people think they are smarter than average, 3/4 of them are right, which is pretty good. The other 1/4 of them are dumber than average so you can't really blame them for being wrong. :)


IsNullOrEmptyTrue

Well, some chunk of them are probably right.


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Good thing I’m better than them😎


Daewoo40

Reading their comments from the last 5-10 hours and it makes me somewhat relieved that there's an Irish version of myself out there somewhere.


hooooot13

I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you get better soon


thedkexperience

The Iowa Tests told me I was in the 96th percentile in 1987.


StardustOasis

>Many - if not most - think they are the smart ones and everyone else is dumb This probably applies to OP as well. Guarantee they aren't as intelligent as they think they are.


rndrn

OP's post history definitely supports your assumption.


DopeDetective

I wouldn't call it an unpopular opinion but definitely an unknown one because I think many of us were shocked when we finally entered the "adult world" (though I suppose it's not popular with others to call them morons) but for me, it's not about intelligence, it's the petty childish behavior that I never expected. I never thought adults were perfect but I genuinely thought all adults acted professional at work. how wrong I was. full grown middle aged men are constantly tattle tailing and gossiping, it's bizarre. my mom works with a middle aged woman who complains that her *terminally* ill co-worker brings up her pain too often I cant wrap my brain around it


CiafCiafOfOurLegs

Although adults can be dumb, you seem to assume that not knowing a subject = stupid. It's being ignorant, not necessarily stupid.


Chards25

Kinda what bugs me about this post. They have a point and aren’t necessarily wrong in a way, but life isn’t about school subjects that hardly anyone takes. :/


pm_your_unique_hobby

I think OP is lamenting that so few people even take the trouble to try to read, not so much that there's categorically defined prerequisite knowledge for someone to be considered smort. I personally see a comment on peoples' tendencies toward willful ignorance rather than a judgment on specifically what people should hold dear. But maybe im just stuped.


TechniCruller

Exactly. Those ‘drones’ are rocking a mortgage, children, retirement planning, etc. They’re just playing at the endgame while you’re waiving your dick in the tutorial thinking you invented boners tbh. With that said…you’re 100% correct that most people are shitty workers.


TheRarebitFiend

Also apparently at forty your brain simply turns to mush and you’re incapable of change or growth. Might as well just kill myself I suppose.


SnakesCantWearPants

Adults are the adult version of who they are as a child. A dumb child will likely become a dumb adult. A pretentious child with an inflated ego and their nose in the air will also likely be like that as an adult.


geneticocracy

> A pretentious child with an inflated ego and their nose in the air will also likely be like that as an adult. Hey I'm also fatter and an alcoholic now.


imaginebreaker7567

Not necessarily. While the way you were as a child often translates to the way you are as an adult, having a positive role model and proper guidance while actually overcoming challenges rather than being enabled all the time can allow you to mature to a better version of yourself as you get older. A person’s environment (which is often dynamic) is the leading factor.


SnakesCantWearPants

Mostly I was making the point that OP seems to have been a self-important shit as a child and to have continued to be one as an adult.


imaginebreaker7567

Ah I see, thanks!


SaltyBarnacles57

Wow, what a peaceful exchange.


Hassdelgado

Yeah I had a similar thought. I mean, in a broad sense, OP isn't wrong. I grew up in Shitsville, USA, and it's a pretty decent front row view to see how ignorant/close-minded people are. But they kinda lost me by lamenting over the lack of "philosophical and political talk" like alright dude settle down. You don't need to smoke pipes and talk Satre all night in front of a stone fire-place to be "intelligent." I'm a pretty educated professional, my social circle consists of similarly educated people with good jobs and good heads on their shoulders and we'll still laugh at fart and dick jokes.


SunnyPenguino

I work in academia. Plenty of thoughtful, intelligent conversation going around. Also plenty of fart and dick jokes and we ALL appreciate a good dad joke.


Inner-Nothing7779

Yep. I love this insult.


GreenAuCu

>A pretentious child with an inflated ego and their nose in the air will also likely be like that as an adult. I *so* hoped that's where you were going with this. I wasn't disappointed. This guy is r/iamverysmart material.


Crossfire124

Yea op is clearly not as smart as he thinks, or else he'd be working alongside other smart/driven people


stupidannoyingretard

Most people don't have the cognitive abilities necessary to break out of the mould they were cast in as a child. This absence of self-awareness means they are unable to cultivate themselves and weed out their negative traits. They are doomed to grow old without growing up.


guitarfingers

Most people do have that ability, its not very difficult. People just don't know how to,and people rarely teach people how to. Humility is a bitch. But almost everyone has that capacity.


Jeaver

I get your suggestion that OP is a pretentious child, and I get that. But honestly, a lot of people are stupid AF. Some surprise you. Your local plumber, with no proper education could be a genius and and you only ever know by interacting with them on a deeper level. And then there are your branch manager of the local bank that have no sense of reality. No concept of science, all he got is people skills. He got no idea that the earth is spinning around the sun, no idea that stuff rusts, all kind of that “basic” knowledge you would think most people have. However in this world people skills sadly matter much much more than science. (At least in term of how much money people make).


ThisGuyHasABigChode

The first sentence of this post is major /r/cringe material. Just the enlightened OP, dabbling in math and science, while all his stupid neanderthal classmates farted on each other. That's definitely how it worked. OP was by far the most intelligent super genius of his generation, and even adults can't share his massive, brain-swelling IQ. Wow.


Someonedm

You make a good point I’m going to make this a copypasta


coffeemate1

Yeah but he likes "tech and science". He so smart. We dumb. But we have heart and nice people


hooooot13

You would probably benefit from a quick read yourself man. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusory_superiority Remember, even if you are smarter than everyone else you can still learn from the people around you.


SyntheticPyrethroid

I want to add onto this and say that the people you tend to encounter in day-to-day life are rarely at their best. They’re tired, preoccupied, and possibly in a negative mood. They may not have the energy to meet whatever benchmark of intelligence you’ve decided to grade them on. You also need to be aware that if you’re working with a narrow definition of intelligence, you’re naturally going to find very few intelligent people. That’s just basic statistics. You have to broaden your understanding of what it means to be intelligent. For example, a person could be functionally illiterate and still excel in an area like agriculture, music, hunting, mechanical troubleshooting, etc. If you really want to gauge intelligence, you have to see someone in their own element. Ask them about their area of expertise and you’re likely to find that they’re quite knowledgable in areas you’ve never even heard of and that they’re able to solve problems you’ve never considered. Don’t approach people looking for ways to perceive them as being somehow beneath you. If you can’t see the spark of intelligence in someone, there’s a decent chance that you’re just overlooking it.


hooooot13

> Don’t approach people looking for ways to perceive them as being somehow beneath you. That’s exactly what he’s doing. I went though this guys comment history and he just has a pointlessly inflated ego


SyntheticPyrethroid

I can’t really fault him too badly for it because I’m sure I was like that at some point. Humans have a natural sense of social hierarchy and want to feel good about themselves. Part of maturing is realizing that you don’t constantly have to prove yourself and neither does anyone else.


frog_tree

And even if you are as smart as you think, youre probably not as important. A lot of ppl who excel in academics think theyre destined to do accomplish something meaningful in life but just end up at boring jobs where they make a decent salary but do nothing of significance in the world.


PlantDaddyMark

I promise you you’re not as smart as you think you are.


GeriatricGhoul

They have a point but yeah pretty insufferable lack of humility. The last 5 years have astounded me as a young adult on what other young/middle aged/geriatric adults are capable of.


dionthesocialist

Posts like OP's piss me off, because the "Humans are so stupid" saying is always followed by an implied "... except for me." Except OP skips even implying. He explicitly lets us know that not only did he think he was better than everyone as a youth, but he also thinks he's better than everyone in his late 20s, and further he believes he'll still be better than everyone in their 40s. Like, if you sincerely think you aren't encountering anyone who's your intellectual equal or superior, it's probably not your vocabulary that's massive. It's just your ego. That glazed over look you see or that drone feeling is because some people have happily given up the idea that constantly projecting your own intelligence will lead to some kind of moral satisfaction. I'd rather hang around 15 farting idiots all day than people with OP's mindset.


blackraven36

The glazed over look isn’t because they’re stupid, it’s because OP doesn’t know how to talk to people. If OP talks to people with a “you’re dumb” attitude, no one, including brilliant people, will want to talk to him in any kind of intellectual way.


SyntheticPyrethroid

A look like that is usually less about being unintelligent and more about being uninterested in the conversation. I’m sure I look that way when I have to interact with exhausting people.


Galyndean

I had a friend, now acquaintance and barely that, who talks like this. I actively try to avoid him at this point.


drgrain

The two most posts i see on this god forsaken website is "humans are stupid" and variation on "humans are a disease". >He explicitly lets us know that not only did he think he was better than everyone as a youth, Honestly i did the same when i was a teenager. damn was uni a massive wakeup call. Now i know i am aggressively mediocre, but just like everyone i have things i am good at but suck at others. >I'd rather hang around 15 farting idiots all day than people with OP's mindset. Idiots atleast have fun, and enjoy their life.


Kylanto

Holy shit. Look at op's history. Some highlights include: * paraphrased: "Royalty are descendants of Atlantis survivors" * Alex Jones hasn't said anything that is nonsense and doesn't understand why people don't like him * Aliens had "massive colonies on Earth before and immediatly preceeding the ice age" * We (humans) abandoned the development of the soul and the conscious realm and became focused on materialism and technology * "our (human) natural frequencies or auras have become detramental to theirs (alien)" * "If you have spend 100,000 years evolving and developing to be higher in these bioenergies and enter an entire planet of angry and depressed people you will undo thousands of years if your development." (keep in mind op asked how frogs "decide" to evolve just today) * Instructions on how to meet aliens * Trying to find out where to buy Ketamine * Nazis are hiding in an Antarctic base * "I think brown looks soulless. The darker a persons eyes are they less I trust them. Its just unnatural to me. When somebodys eyes are almost black, I struggle to relate to them on a human level, I feel like im talking to an insect or something. Blue eyes have life in them, you can see a persons soul in blue eyes, you can see who they are, their intentions and their person. You cannot read people with dark eyes. " * archeological evidence and genetic evidence "prooves" Atlanteans (Atlantis Atlanteans) were Aryan * Aryan's are direct decendants of Noah (from Noah's ark) * "Well, the top one definitely had nothing to do with slavery because the Atlantic slave trade was run by Moses Levy, a ((())) merchant ship company owner. Also 70% of slaves in North America were owned by ((())) farmers. Sooo... a simple google search will show you this is fact." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_parentheses) That's just some of what op said in the last 3 weeks.


Cleb044

Seriously. OP is posting about how people lack intelligence and doesn’t elaborate on what they even mean by intelligence. Is OP talking about knowledge of some arbitrary subject in science that they saw a TED-Talk on and felt enlightened by? Is OP talking about reading the top few posts of r/politics, scrolling through the comments, and considering themselves well-informed? Is OP talking about how they first learned who Thomas Aquinas was and now they know what Philosophy truly is? Or is this just the ramblings of another redditor who feels they have “high intelligence,” when really they have a slightly-above-average amount of knowledge on a few different subjects, with a below-average social intelligence (such that they fail to understand that everyone else is knowledgable about something too)?


unnamed_elder_entity

It's /r/iamverysmart as a text post.


MyMateDangerDave

LMAO hopefully this post will land on that sub. Yesterday homeboy made a post you'd expect from a 5th grader, demonstrating that [he has no idea how evolution works](https://old.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/nzynkg/how_do_animals_decide_to_evolve_camoflauge/), and then proceeded to make this post declaring his advanced maturity as a child and current desire to talk science and politics with other adults. Dude's head is so far up his ass.


nonsensicalnarrator

This is a troll post if I ever saw one 🤣


Mgb2020

Lower your expectations of others and look at yourself.


Kylanto

Look at op's history. Some highlights include: * paraphrased: "Royalty are descendants of Atlantis survivors" * Alex Jones hasn't said anything that is nonsense and doesn't understand why people don't like him * Aliens had "massive colonies on Earth before and immediatly preceeding the ice age" * We (humans) abandoned the development of the soul and the conscious realm and became focused on materialism and technology * "our (human) natural frequencies or auras have become detramental to theirs (alien)" * "If you have spend 100,000 years evolving and developing to be higher in these bioenergies and enter an entire planet of angry and depressed people you will undo thousands of years if your development." (keep in mind op asked how frogs "decide" to evolve just today) * Instructions on how to meet aliens * Trying to find out where to buy Ketamine * Nazis are hiding in an Antarctic base * "I think brown looks soulless. The darker a persons eyes are they less I trust them. Its just unnatural to me. When somebodys eyes are almost black, I struggle to relate to them on a human level, I feel like im talking to an insect or something. Blue eyes have life in them, you can see a persons soul in blue eyes, you can see who they are, their intentions and their person. You cannot read people with dark eyes. " * archeological evidence and genetic evidence "prooves" Atlanteans (Atlantis Atlanteans) were Aryan * Aryan's are direct decendants of Noah (from Noah's ark) * "Well, the top one definitely had nothing to do with slavery because the Atlantic slave trade was run by Moses Levy, a ((())) merchant ship company owner. Also 70% of slaves in North America were owned by ((())) farmers. Sooo... a simple google search will show you this is fact." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_parentheses) That's just some of what op said in the last 3 weeks.


CodingEagle02

Well… that certainly explains it


Steel_city917

The dude thinks he’s the intelligent one and that other people are morons, when reality is further from the truth. Dude’s a fucking nutjob and thinks he’s “elite” but in reality nobody is nearly as stupid as he is to believe this shit. As soon as people start talking about “frequencies” they lose all credibility about everything in my book.


wannabestraight

"The darker persons eyes are, the less i trust them" "I feel like im talking to an insect or somethig" "Blue eyes have life in them" I did nazi that coming


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Yeah I also did a quick scroll and he has to either be a troll or an Alex Jones viewer who somehow thinks they’re smarter than other people. Also despite being so much smarter than everyone and so interested in science and math, he’s a bus driver now. Nothing wrong with that profession but if you’re going to act like you’re so scientifically minded, maybe do literally anything related to that? Seems pretty obvious he peaked in high school and is bitter everyone else moved on.


noir_lord

I mean when you are talking about the genepool "I like alex jones" is not only where you are into the shallow end but really where you should be reaching for the bleach.


mic-vl

This is fucking gold


doodirock

This should be the top comment. OP is the dumbest person I’ve seen on Reddit in the last month.


FCBStar-of-the-South

Very multi-talented and cross-discipline I must say


Bonjo13

This kid who posted this is dumb as shit. Claims to be super smart yet can’t find how to buy ketamine? What a lowlife.


asdfghjkl12345677777

Yeah holy cow I'm just getting all cut up by the edgyness. I don't know if the brown eyes or the slave trade comment is the worst.


AllTheShadyStuff

I’m very sad now because he must have deleted all his posts. There’s only like 5 posts left.


niocegodwow

How far down is that expectation supposed to be?


Mgb2020

Zero


FioreFalinesti

You can't even expect people to not shit in the washing machine of a shared apartment laundry room


fyer01

Here I thought this was going to be an interesting post about how adults have a knack for letting their kids down (whether being parents, teachers, or otherwise parental figures). Instead I found myself reading an entry from the memoirs of Holden Caulfield. Your opinion is not unpopular. But it sounds like you might be. It might serve you well to not assume you’re smarter than everyone else.


Grey0016

For someone that seems to have a good idea of what’s going on around them I am surprised that you’d not think something like this would happen do you see your parents smoking pipes and discussing philosophy


Streetkid-2077

Never judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree or something. Most people hyper focus on one task they get really good at. Which then leaves them sort of un-qualified for everything else. But then they open their mouths on things like (insert polarizing political topic here) and show how stupid they are about said topic. Doesn't mean they aren't good at what they do and smart in their field, etc. But it brings to mind George Carlin's piece on stupid confident assholes. Confirmation bias from being good at their one thing, in their minds, makes them qualified to have a very valid opinion on x, y, z. You're right that people should read more. Keeps the mind sharp from examining different perspectives. Too many in this world have a very narrow mindset. Even very "smart" professional types.


MysterVaper

Reading more is good, but man even just being more skeptical would help a ton. I have relatives that watch news programs and just digest it as fact and move on with their lives. They get so worked up that their home is about to be invaded or their children stolen that they reactively buy the alarm system and life insurance that is advertised immediately following the news segments.


LexLeeson83

Or [COMEDIAN REDACTED] talking about PHD students - you’re an expert on ONE thing!


friskyspatula

The biggest mistake someone can make is to assume other people have had the same life experiences that you have had. Most people make this mistake. It took me a long time to realize this, but it is something that I am trying to pass on to my children and spread to others. The assumptions we have about people/life are built off of our personal experience. Once we realize that other people have different experiences and therefore a different outlook on life it is easier to understand why they act the way they do. You don't have to accept or agree with how they act, but it is important to understand it. This is empathy, and it is tiring, or at least it is my experience.


FlagrantBooch

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anonymousQ_s

Check his comment history, holy hell


Truan

"I just want to discuss philosophy and culture and everyone is off enjoying their lives. HOW STUPID"


RiddlingTea

In this thread: a lot of very average people with a superiority complex


H_money1

Most Reddit post ever. Don’t worry we’re intellectuals 🤣🤣


MechaWASP

I think you're confused. Adults just don't care to waste their time on whatever stupid shit you want to talk about, and aren't afraid to show it. Stop smelling your own farts, weirdo.


dionthesocialist

That glazed over look they get is because nobody wants to hear him ramble about something he barely understands from a YouTube video he saw last week. Fuck that, let's just grab a beer and talk about Marvel movies, damn.


217liz

Here's the problem. If we grab a beer and start talking about Marvel movies, we might end up discussing something deeper - like Boseman's legacy and what he means for mainstream American culture or how Iron Man changed over time or what we hope will come from the next phase of the MCU. You know - like how a normal conversation starts on one thing and grows to include other topics, like current events or politics or more philosophical things. And we can't do that! OP said we can't do that! We're all too stupid!


boogs_23

Wow. You're in your late 20s? You sound like an immature teenager. This can and will be posted directly to /r/iamverysmart. Grow up man.


ifuckwithit

I agree with the title of OP’s post but that’s about it. The fact that he has little to no self awareness to think he’s outright just smarter than everyone ironically proves his point


boogs_23

Yeah, I started out typing that I do, generally agree. This is how I felt at 15 when I was sure I was smarter than everyone around me and it wasn't worth conversing with people my age. Then I grew up and realized that I'm not nearly as smart as I think I am and others deserve a hell of a lot more credit. Also, OP is just expecting everyone else to have the exact same interests as him and deems them stupid when they don't feel like discussing those topics.


Mirai-Gyro

r/iamverysmart ok genius you’re mad that people on the street don’t want to talk about philosophy with you ? so smart


Waste-Win

I bet you are really fun to be around.


SignificanceFar5498

Absolute joy


michaelY1968

First off I have met dumb people in every walk of life, including when I attended university. Also, almost everyone is an idiot in some faucet of life. I can carry on a substantive conversation about most subjects, but if one is talking about fixing cars for example, I am a babbling idiot. All that being said, I had a conversation with a relatively intelligent person last night who insisted you could split atoms with a knife, and that mammals were a class of animals identified by their nervous systems.


EverhartStreams

Can I get immortality from drinking from the faucet of life? Yes I think I'm very funny


lostduck86

This sounds like you lack empathy. I don't mean you can't sympathize with people's feelings and emotions. I mean it sounds like you can't view strangers as more than a one dimensional character.


Han-Holo

This. I take an empathetic person over a supposedly smart person any day.


Lazuli73

You have had you epiphany. Go forth and find yourself a small likeminded group of individuals where you share some white-hot memes and silently judge those of inferior intellect.


Slyfri

Okay, yeah, growing up you realize people dont have everything sorted out. I agree with the title but everything else about this post is so pretentious.. have some self awareness. r/iamverysmart


Thatguyjmc

As this is the regular opinion of extremely pretentious, self-centred people everywhere, this is hardly unpopular. In fact, one might say this is actually the single most popular opinion on the planet.


AEnesidem

Your expectations are too high. Keep in mind society is propelled forward by the most intelligent among us. We live in a world that is much more complex than most people know or can comprehend. And on one hand, you could say that makes them stupid. But on the other hand. At 40 you have your job and family and mortgage and that's your concern. Very often people don't have either the time nor the energy or interest to invest into researching and thinking etc.... its just not relevant to their daily life. So don't look down on people too much. Don't get caught up in hate or arrogance. And also: reread this post when you're that age and see how you've changed


el_smurfo

There are as many dumb adults as there were dumb kids. Excluding someone from your life because you think their vocabulary is not large enough for your big brain might mean losing a great friend. Some of my best friends are just people... They don't go around discussing Aristotle, they talk about life and our shared experiences.


ronin1066

I remember the first time it really hit me the difference between intellectual interests and intelligence. I was dating a med student in college, everyone told me how smart she was. She had zero interest in discussing anything, she was 100% book smart, no intellectual curiosity about the world at all. I started to realize that not all people with intellectual interests were the smartest, and not all the smartest people had intellectual curiosity. Things made so much more sense after that. For my intellectual interests, I have maybe 2 friends IRL, all the rest I have to get online.


ChoosingUsernameHard

While I do agree with adults can be as stupid as children you don’t seem very intellectual your self. The way you phrase your thoughts, your word choice. Don’t throw stones in glass houses.


Twymanator32

You're obviously not as smart as you say. You become smart when you realize you're just as dumb as everyone else


EpicDumperoonie

The wise man knows he knows nothing


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DMcI0013

Can confirm… don’t conflate education with intelligence. I’m halfway through a PhD and I’m as dumb as a sack of rocks.


Mycabbages0929

I guarantee that I’m stupider than you. My brain is actually just a wet noodle, no one seems to get this but it’s the truth


agonisticpathos

Ph.D. here who is also surrounded by other Ph.D.'s in a university setting. I wouldn't say they are dumb necessarily, as most of them have done far more research, reading, and analysis than the average person. But I would say that many of them lack the self-awareness to think beyond their own dogmas. They become obsessively attached to a specific ideology which makes them say "dumb" things even if they have high intelligence and book smarts.


Chimpbot

We tend to conflate Intelligence with Knowing Stuff, when it really isn't the case at all. Intelligence is more about knowing when and how to apply your Known Stuff.


crazedhatter

To me, Dumb isn't the opposite of Intelligent. Dumb is more about lacking common sense and self awareness, some of the dumbest mother fuckers I know are very intelligent, but they got no idea how to operate in the real world.


Rev_DC

I worked in IT in higher ed research, and I think this is a good example of our current trends, where we convince people that they need to specialize, vs. becoming generalists. There were Ph.D's in our labs doing research that I couldn't even being to understand... who would submit tickets that their lab computers were broken, when in fact someone had turned them off and they didn't know how to turn them back on (not joking). I probably spent 10 hours a week babysitting Ph.D's with problems a middle schooler could fix... but they were still some of the most highly intelligent people I've ever met. I think there's a case to be made that becoming a generalist, while it is becoming more and more rare, will one day soon be very, very profitable in a world of specialists.


TXblindman

The weird ability ADHD people have to connect one random field to another it’s going to save my life one day LOL.


fault_in_theAE35unit

I'm surrounded by engineers. The 1 track minds are fascinating, they can do only 1 thing, throw a wrench in that 1 thing and everything goes haywire


Eos_Schwar

Hmmm, "engineers", "throw a wrench", you might be onto something...


MrFrenulum

You basically just said: "when I was young I thought older people were smart, but now that I am older I see that older people are stupid." If getting older imparts no greater wisdom, and your previous judgment of what people are like was so wrong, then what makes you so confident that your new judgment is any more accurate? Are you not unwittingly demonstrating your own hypothesis? What the Hell is up with people, indeed?


Myracast

Downvote me but I promise you your outlook won't help you at all. Also... you were judging kids for doing normal kid activities? Some people want to have fun, man. Also, you can't objectively judge your intelligence. Maybe you've read more books but have a non-existent EQ and social awareness. There are so many fucking factors when it comes to assessing one's intelligence that comparing yourself to others based on big words used is stupid at best. And if the world is truly stupid... so what? It doesn't harm you in any way. It's not like someone misusing a word will kill you. Focus on yourself and stop analyzing others.


Karl_von_grimgor

Yeah this guy sounds pretty stupid lol


Messstake

Your intelligence is measured in your opinion by the amount of books read or interest in STEM fields. Some people are spatially intelligent, linguistically intelligent or emotionally intelligent etc. Why yes, some people do not possess your cognitive ability and some are just downright dumb but that isn’t the general rule. I mean how many strangers on the street are you stopping to talk about Pavlov’s dog? Some of this may also be your communication style. I’ve had dumb people who didn’t know what pontificate meant give me some of the wisest advice just because I asked them about their experiences. If you can’t find humans to have debates about philosophy, religion, ethics and the like than A.) you aren’t looking in the right places B.) you enjoy being smarter than other people you communicate with and that turns them on. Dictated but not read, Management