SELF IMPORTANCE: WHY WE USE THE WORD INTELLECTUAL SO LOOSELY TODAY

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“I think therefore I am.”


We live in a society today where there is so much self-importance. Everyone feels Image result for galileo galileithat they are unique enough for everyone to get to know. It’s the main reason why social media is such a big medium. You’re taking pictures of yourself, to posting comments, and even sitting around waiting for likes. But too often we hear people refer to themselves as geniuses. The self-importance has gotten so high, we are coining ourselves terms that normally we give to people; not people giving to themselves. A person does something or says something, and we say, “Wow, that persons’ a genius. ” Now we have so many people, especially public figures who consider themselves geniuses. And I am very skeptical of people calling themselves intelligent geniuses.

See, in my opinion, intellectualism is a broad spectrum of knowledge covering Related imagemany topics in which aptitude is higher than most or the majority. Now, on the other hand, being smart to means having a degree of knowledge on a given topic. So yes, you can be smart, yet lack intelligence. For example, we have some smart celebrities, but Stephen Hawking is intelligent. And as the topic pertains to myself, I pride myself on being smart. Even though I have an IQ that is much higher than the average. For those that don’t know, the average IQ is 110, and mine falls between 160-170. But if you ask me, I still feel more smart than intelligent. But what is it about people today that make them think they’re intellectuals? And to me, it has a lot to do with hype.

We give people kudos for so much that we inadvertently contribute to the flatting up of people’s egos. They start to think that they are geniuses instead of contributing their work to luck, talent, and hard work. Now don’t get me wrong, we have had some pretty smart people to have done a lot before their time. But note Related imagethat they did not call themselves intelligent. Then again, intellect is a broad term which can take on so many meanings. Musicians, painters, sculptures, scientist, and writers have all fallen under this umbrella of intellectual. And for the more monumental artist, the term genius applies. And who would I be referring to when speaking of their cognitive abilities?

I am talking about men like Beethoven, Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Galileo Galilei. I am referencing these men because the level at which they were able to perform their craft. The amount of knowledge they possessed at the time in which they worked was astounding. Today, we might look at what have done in context of what we know about science today as insightful. But for the time period, they were a whole other level above just insightful. So in the end, we must not confuse the words smart and intellectual; bright and genius. One is knowing and understanding a certain subject matter, and the other is an all encompassing understanding of multiple genres of study.


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WHERE DOES THE TIME GO: HOW TIME TICKS AND MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE IS IMPORTANT

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“Keep yourself busy, time surely does.”


Get up, go to work, come home, eat sleep, do it all over again. So many people have a daily routine that consists of the same thing day in and day out. Never trying anything new in life, their life remains constant. Then the days go by and before you know it, you have spent years doing nothing. This is the life for so many people in America. Totally fine if you’re doing something you love to do for a living. But there are so many people who don’t; and for them it’s depressing. Well why, why do so many people waste time doing nothing with their lives.

See, me myself, I work two part time jobs while working on my real career path. So after work I work on my novels, screenplays, and filmmaking in the computer lab. Since 2012 I have been continuously working at getting better and better. From the moment I sit in the seat in the computer lab, you’d be surprised how much time ticks away. There have been days I enter the lab at 9:00 a.m., then look up and it’s 1:00 p.m. I continue to work and next thing I know the clock is at 7:00 p.m. I look outside to confirm this change in time. The sky is dark and evening has set in, while I work for the next few hours. At roughly 10:40 p.m. I leave and go home. It’s tough because you’re working toward something, yet no income is initially coming in.

But what about the others, what about the people who do nothing but exist. They not only just work their jobs, they hate their jobs, and see themselves going nowhere. What a tough way to live your life. Some of these people will find their way and eventually land on their feet. Others will never find their way and forever live in misery. Such a tortured life, live to the end and regret every minute of it. Sitting around and watching everyone else live thier lives, yet you never make a move to live your own life. Well, why do people sit around and not make a move with their lives.

Some of it is due to the lack of motivation and some comes from the fact that they are not good at anything. Not having a real discernable skill is depressing as well. Because having a discernable skill not only aids in you generating a living, but also contributes to your happiness. See, in the end, we all have this idea of where we want to be in life. Getting there is the hard part. Problem is, most people will never reach that point. Not only reach that point, but will also never find what it is they’re good at in life.

QUALIFYING THE UNQUALIFIED: HOW TO HELP AMERICA’S UNEMPLOYED

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“How do we help them?”


In previous articles, I have discussed the reasons for so many people being unemployed in America. And one of the reasons I have come up with in regards to aiding the unemployed is some type of program to help the unemployed. But how do we determine how to help those unemployed. Well, for starters, what are their skills in life? You have a lot of Americans who have some sort of physical labor intensive skill. Now in a society where machines are replacing people, what do they do? Well, why are their so many labor intensive Americans? How did that come about? Let’s look at the history overall at how we came to this point.

For the past hundred years in the United States, we have went through strong economic times through an industrial era. America was such a strong nation in our use of factories for mass production that we lead the world. So much so that people have flocked to this nation from other parts of the world seeking a better life. But a problem arose as time went on. And that problem is that bigger boys came on the block ready to compete. They were big boys called, Chinese, Indians, and Mexicans. And then American corporations found it cheaper to ship factory jobs to these countries instead of mass production here. Why, well because the labor is cheaper. You could pay ten times less, and charge cheaper prices for the good.

Now in the United States people have relied so much on these factories that they have no other skill. Because working in a factory is repetitive work all day. You made enough money to build a home and buy a car, even put kids through school. When jobs moved overseas, it forced people to be creative and think outside the box. And for the first time in their lives, they had to be good at something other than their daily task. And that’s where we are at today with the job crisis. People don’t have actual job skills, they have task skills. You can program a machine to perform a task, but teaching a machine skills is not there yet. So what do we do and where do we go from here.

During Donald Trump’s election, he eluded to the idea of reintroducing factories back into the United States, moving out of China mainly. But how does this happen in an environment where you can make so much by not coming back. See, in my opinion, we need training programs for Americans. Training programs that teach logistics, management, operational, and IT (information technology) experience/skills. What we also do is build infrastructure such as torn up roads, freeways, rundown schools, old police stations and fire houses, as well as other publicly funded property. People with factory or construction experience should get first dibs of a certain age (40+ years), and the next generation should prepare themselves for the future.

Because in the end, the future of the country will be how innovative the country can be. We should not be looking to reopen factories, but pushing innovative initiatives in this country. Coal mining and building soda cans should be done through automation. If not, all it takes is for someone to make a production method better in the world to illuminate our factories. We are banking on the world not innovating. Think about the mule pullers in the south harvesting. Imagine how they got put out of jobs because of the combine. People have to adjust the best way, and going back is not the best method of job growth.

THERE’S JOBS, YOU’RE JUST NOT QUALIFIED

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“Where do I begin to look?”


In the United States today, the topic of job creation has been such an issue it was an indicator into Trump becoming president. But do we really have a job problem like we think we do in America? Or, is it the fact that the news plays it up like it’s this major cause for concern? To me, America is a $17 trillion economy, if we had this major job problem, why haven’t we taken a drastic dip in GDP? Another theory I came up with is that we don’t have issues with people finding work. But more so we have an issue with two areas: lack of qualifications and lack of direction. No one has skills or directions where they want to go in life.

The most obvious is the qualifications of the people seeking employment. A lot of Americans don’t have the skills to find a job. And what I mean by skills, I mean the know how to do the job. Everyone want someone to show them how to do something rather than go out into the world and do it themselves. And the reason people need to be shown is because they work their day jobs, and go home. They don’t learn any other discernible skill, just working. Then when they are deemed unemployable they become frustrated. It’s the content mind-frame that makes us irrelevant in society. We just think that because we get a check this week it will be there next week.

People are not used to sitting at home learning a skill that can help them gain an edge while they are out of work. They say stuff like, “I’m tired.” “That new stuff is too advanced for me to learn.” “I don’t have the money to learn.” All three of these responses are realistic issues, but society does not care. People are not the least concerned with your ability to grow in the world. If you are not willing to get up and carve out a life for yourself, you just won’t have it. So this leads me into my next reason why people have a hard time finding a job. They say I need a job, but what does having a job truly mean to you? They lack any real direction in where they want to be in life.

Working a job at McDonald’s is a job, but people say that McDonald’s does not pay. Well you said you wanted a job. Then they look at you like you’re crazy. Like you’re supposed to know what they mean by a job. Why do people say they need a job because they have no real direction in life. They say a job and employment, but there is nothing to say to that. I don’t know your skills or qualifications. I don’t know what motivates you. So people say, that they want to make good money. But what is good money? As you can see, this is yet another reason why it’s hard to hire a lot of people. They say they need something, yet have no clue as to what it is they need. And then they expect you to know what they need.

In the end, American citizens looking for work are like crying infants where you don’t know why the infant is crying. Then when you ask, they can’t respond because they can’t talk. It’s like this, but the adult can talk, yet can’t communicate what they need or want. So now you’re stuck with a group who have no clue why they wake up everyday, but want you to give them purpose. The fact of the matter is that you give yourself purpose. If you don’t have a job, it’s not Trump or the market. The market is what the market is, Trump is who he is; the fault will inevitably be you. You and your lack of preparation.