But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving. Dale Carnegie
Thoughts on college and shit
The environment I’ve found myself in has been conducive to a slight paradigm shift in my thought patterns.
I expected a bit differently from a school that places so much emphasis on its “diversity,” but I’ve realized that UCLA’s idea of “diversity” is infinitely more superficial than intellectual. I’ve encountered people from a variety of different races, socio-economic backgrounds, and political views; however, I have yet to find someone who deviates from the norm in terms of thought patterns. I can easily predict what the average person thinks about common topics of interest and how the average person reacts to common situations.
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to me; the application process doesn’t emphasize intellectual curiosity. Moreover, the majority of college students somehow entertain themselves with the typical party-life that lacks both creativity and novel attempts at fun. Even more so, the majority of us freshman are simply looking to fit in and establish ourselves within this new environment…so, it might be a bit too soon for people to be revealing their oddities. I really hope that such is the case…and maybe sooner or later people will start revealing their weirdness. I like weirdness. Everything is so linear right now.
On an interesting side note, I’ve found that people are either less interested in their academic success or just academically unintelligent. I really can’t tell whether people are simply more interested in more valuable things in life or just less academically capable than I thought; nevertheless, the fact that the people here are less interested in their grades than the people in high school (including me) were both pleases and worries me.
Back to the point at hand, I’ve definitely been enjoying myself here, but I still feel a lack of the weirdness in my personality that was so characteristic of me in high school. I’ve actually been spending so much time with other normal people that I’ve lost track of myself.
This place is a fucking hotbed of opportunity to be weird as fuck and I’m not taking advantage of it. I’ve already exposed a few of my abnormalities to some floormates and their reactions were pretty typical. I guess my floor is more of an experimental laboratory than it is a place to confide my strangeness in. I’m still on the lookout for people whom I find interesting. I feel like I’m going to explode with all of my pent-up weirdness if I don’t find someone interesting soon. or maybe i’ll just start posting more on tumblr. probably the latter.
Really, I just need some more personal space. During high school, I had hours upon hours to simply sit down and think…about whatever. Lately, I’ve found no time to think. I’m always studying or talking. So, this is good. I like posting on tumblr. It helps me think.
existential breakdowns during cross country practice:
instead of motivational messages in your head like “Come on! You can do it!” you have glorious thoughts along the lines of “THIS RUN IS AS PURPOSELESS, PAINFUL, AND MEANINGLESS AS YOUR FUCKING LIFE IS”
Philosophy Joke 3
An older Jewish gentleman marries a younger lady and they are very much in love. However, no matter what the husband does sexually, the woman never achieves orgasm. Since a Jewish wife is entitled to sexual pleasure, they decide to ask the rabbi.
The rabbi listens to their story, strokes his beard, and makes the following suggestion: “Hire a strapping young man. While the two of you are making love, have the young man wave a towel over you. That will help the wife fantasize, and should bring on an orgasm.”
They go home and follow the rabbi’s advice. They hire a handsome young man, and he waves a towel over them as they make love. But it doesn’t help, and she is still unsatisfied. Perplexed, they go back to the rabbi.
“Okay”, says the rabbi, “Let’s try it again, only reversed. Have the young man make love to your wife, and you wave the towel over them.”
Once again, they follow the rabbi’s advice. The young man gets into bed with the wife, and the husband waves the towel. The young man gets to work with great enthusiasm and the wife soon has an enormous, room-shaking, screaming orgasm.
The husband smiles, looks at the young man and says to him triumphantly, “Schmuck; THAT’S the way to wave a towel!”
- ( This is a logic joke referring to the idea of the “Post hoc ergo propter hoc,” or in other words: “After this, therefore, because of this.” Correlation, not causation.)
Another example would be: ” ‘Most people hooked on heroine started with marijuana.’ True, but even more started with milk.”
- ( Plato and a Platypus)
Philosophy Joke 2
“An optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds.
A pessimist fears that this is so.”
- Plato and a Platypus ( Leibniz argued that this world is the greatest world because God is all-powerful and morally perfect. He did not deny that there is no evil; rather, he stated that for God to have created the world in any other way would have resulted in even more evil. Hence, the joke.)
Philosophy joke 1
A ninety-year-old man went to the doctor and said, “Doctor, my eighteen-year-old wife is expecting a baby.”
The doctor said, “Let me tell you a story. A man went hunting, but instead of a gun, he picked up an umbrella by mistake. When a bear suddenly charged at the man, he picked up the umbrella, shot the bear, and killed it.
”The man said, “Impossible. Someone else must have shot the bear.”
The doctor said, “My point exactly.”
- Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar(So how is this related to philosophy? It’s supposed to illustrate the concept of “Argument from Analogy” - which basically says that if two outcomes are similar, they must have a similar cause)