I always thought it was used to make people sound smart as well. Thanks to The Raven, I will reconsider my stance on this. Although I still don't understand why anyone would "use" anything if they didn't think it would be profitable for them. I mean "profitable" doesn't have to mean just money. Even if just "using" this computer to make this comment I find that I am "profiting" by gaining feelings of satisfaction from letting you all know what I think!
BTW, it could also be argued that the use of the phrase "sound pretentious" instead of "sound smart" is simply to make your sentences sound smart. So if these are your friend's words then he is guilty of same thing for which it seems he is accusing others of. And yes - for those clever people out there - I suppose you could argue that me writing this post is so I can try to sound smart too, making me guilty of the same thing! And maybe I am. But at least none of you know who I am so I'm really over hear just trying to impress myself :)
I also hate it when people say "articulate" instead of "say".
And while I'm at it, those of you who say "I'm just saying" after you've said something - STOP IT! It's so stupid. Clearly you just said something. Also stop asking if you can ask a question prior to asking your question. If you don't know why that is stupid then you probably shouldn't reproduce.
And just admit it if you don't know something! This drives me crazy. There is so much that most people think they know that they just don't. This has a drastic effect on the advancement of knowledge because we all just pass on information that we pretend to ourselves that we know, and so the naive believe the poor information and the non-naive won't trust it.
Also it makes me sad to be a white person in graduate school because the WORST culprits are the white people in college or who have college degrees. At least other races don't seem to be afraid to, god forbid, not know something. Just shut up about your thoughts on politics unless you're really trying to make a difference. Shut up with your "business talks" in line at starbucks. Are you really that important? Probably not! Just like me, you were probably given everything. You probably have parents with college degrees who could help you with your homework. You probably were in a better school district with better teachers. And even if you weren't then you probably didn't have to take care of your sibling because your single mother was too hopped up on drugs. And if this doesn't apply to you then it's still probably not nice to flaunt how awesome you are, but I really can't knock you for it since I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing. Maybe that's why rappers flaunt their money and hoes. I don't like it, but at least I know better than to believe I'm better than them. It is IMPOSSIBLE to know you are better unless you've been through the same experiences as someone.
It may, however, be possible to tell how stupid you are. Step 1: answer the following questions:
Do you simply regurgitate (yes, this word is intentionally used instead of something less smart-sounding, like "say or restate", because it reminds me of throwing up and that is what I think of when I use this word in this context) what other people say rather than have a single thought for yourself? Do you always just pull into a parking lot in the busiest area without trying to figure out if there is better way? Do you blindly follow the crowd of "sheep" that all go the same exact way out of an airplane when there is often many other paths that are much faster yet still go in the same direction? Do you look in your rear-view mirror, ever?? Are road signs just too much information to handle? Do you often hear cars honking when you're driving (question does not apply if you're driving in NY city or somewhere similar)? Do you park in the very front even though you're doctor says you are fine to walk (question does not apply if it is so hot/cold outside that it leads to weather warnings)? If you're doctor does not say you should walk, is it due to obesity or any action you took to mimic the stunts in JACKASS? If you're obese is it your fault (really think about this one. A thyroid condition does not mean obesity is not your fault. and having a "cheat meal" is not necessary to have a fulfilling life). Do you often feel bumps or hear clanks when you try to park? Are you unsure how to handle your day if you lose your cell phone? Do you walk through parking lots and across streets while also having your phone in your face? If you do this, do you realize this is dangerous. Do you text and drive even though you have already gotten in an accident doing so? Do you spend more time taking pictures of "amazing sights" than you do looking at those same sights? Do you feel it necessary to take a picture of your food before you eat it? Do you do any of the things in the above paragraph that I mentioned are annoying? Do you tell vegetarians (like myself) that plants feel pain too? If so, do you realize that the purpose of pain is so we can protect ourselves from getting hurt and that plants are not able to react to pain in order to protect themselves, thus making the purpose for plants to feel pain unnecessary indicating it is probably more humane to eat plants than tortured, factory-farmed animals? Do you realize "organic" is not as humane as "cage-free" and "free range"? Do you realize it makes sense for tortured animals to yield unhealthy meat simply due to the transfer of negative energy? Do you realize sometimes it's better to just try to be intuitive when thinking about things like what I mentioned in the previous sentence rather than simply believe whatever "studies" say?
Step 2: Read the statements below to determine whether you are stupid:
Were there any questions that you didn't know the answer to? If so, you are probably stupid and should NOT reproduce.
If you're answer was yes to most the questions in Step 1, and you truly don't understand why anyone would think you're stupid for these reasons, then you are probably stupid and should NOT reproduce.
If you're confused by the last couple questions in Step 1, consider the following... I have a graduate degree in engineering and have conducted, and reviewed, many research studies from some of the best and the brightest (or so we think). In my experience, I have learned that most research is either biased (either purposely - maybe because the researcher wants to seem like they found something they didn't or maybe because the biased fundings will lead to profits - or accidently), inaccurate (via incorrect methods used or analyses done - specifically with regards to the use of statistical methods often used to assess and present findings from any kind of research study - as well as due to use of previous research that was also flawed), or both. If you force yourself to think of other reasons why studies may say certain things, or reasons for things you hear/read in the news, you'll realize why so many people are probably fooled into a certain way of thinking about something meaning the consensus opinion about things should probably not be trusted most of the time. So be intuitive. Trust your individual thoughts. I truly believe there are patterns to everything around us that we can only understand from within ourselves. And If you're still confused about the last couple questions in STEP 1, then keep trying to figure it out. If you are so confused you don't even want to bother with any of this information then you are probably stupid and should not reproduce.
IF YOU DIDN'T READ THIS SUPER AWESOME POST BECAUSE IT WAS TOO LONG, EVEN THOUGH THIS CAPITALIZED SENTENCE CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION, THEN YOU ARE PROBABLY STUPID AND SHOULDN'T REPRODUCE.
IF YOU SAY "TLDR" IN RESPONSE TO THIS POST THEN YOU ARE DEFINITELY STUPID AND SHOULD NOT REPRODUCE. DON'T BELIEVE ME???????? CHECK YOURSELF!!!!!!! YOU ARE SAYING OUTRIGHT THAT YOU OPTED NOT TO READ THIS POST BECAUSE IT WAS TOO LONG FOR YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU HAD TIME TO RESPOND TO SAY "TLDR" WHICH IN NO WAY SERVES ANY PURPOSE. AT LEAST TAKE THE TIME TO SEE IF YOU SHOULD REPRODUCE BEFORE YOU AID IN THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR WORLD!
Consider how old you are. If you are still in high school (or younger), or only a few years out of high school, then even if you found out you are probably stupid in step 2, there may still be hope. Even I can admit that I should not reproduce if I was still as stupid as I was 10 years ago. Come back to these steps when you're older. And if you in high school (or younger) and found you are not stupid in step 2, then you should commend yourself and then do the world a favor and have children. Or, if you prefer to focus on your career rather than having kids (this is my plan so far), pick a career that will make a positive difference. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility so if you're smart and you don't do something to help the world then you suck for wasting your potential for selfish reasons.
As a final note regarding my steps to test for stupidity: I really don't mean to be cruel towards people here. I just think stupid people are more of a danger to our world than evil people. They just let the evil control them, making the evil people more powerful. At least if only smart people reproduced good would have a fighting chance against evil. In addition, know that I do "stupid" things all the time. And I believe the reason this doesn't mean I am stupid is because I realize what I did was stupid and I take steps to fix it. And if I don't realize I did something stupid or wrong, and someone let's me know, I force myself to argue in favor of that person's advice in order to open my mind to what they are saying. And, yes, I realize I may not always succeed in doing these things, but at least I try.
And to tie everything together I will refer back to my original point regarding how the word “use” in sentence still implies a profit of some sort because I don’t see how it can be “used” otherwise. I used the example for which I “use” my computer to make a post. In this case my “use” of my computer resulted in my perception of a sort of profit where I obtain satisfaction knowing my post may help save the world!
There are always profits for why we do things or “use” things. There are even profits when machines “use” things. If there is a reason for the “use”, which there always is in some way, then there is a profit associated with that use. Well it is more accurate to say there is always a perceive profit associated with that use. But it doesn’t matter whether the profit is perceived or real because, according to The Raven, the meaning of the word utilize does not distinguish between the two.
If you can think of an example for which the word “use” is correctly used where there is no perceived profit, please post it because I want to know if my argument is flawed. I realize even if I “believe” something, it doesn’t mean I “know” it. To “know” something you must not only “believe” it but it must also be the truth. And how the hell can I possibly “know” what the truth is? The only thing I can do is reflect, listen and question, right? So, please, give me some more stuff to reflect on and I will listen and question you. ☺