Why I’m a pompous, close-minded hypocrite who overgeneralizes things

Why I’m a pompous hypocrite

Most of my blogs criticize the flaws of modern society, and you can’t criticize society without criticizing people. So I point out a lot of flaws in a lot of people. This raises the question, what makes me so great and gives me the moral high ground to criticize other people?  Nothing. I have as many flaws as anyone if not more. I just don’t care whether or not I have room to talk, because I believe that saying what I have to say is more important than not being a little hypocritical. I would even make a categorical imperative of behavior. Nobody is perfect. Nobody even knows what a perfect person is. So nobody can criticize anybody without being a hypocrite.  But if we never explore our flaws we can never correct them. So in order to improve society we have to point out its flaws. In order to do that we have to criticize ourselves and each other. In order to do that we have to be a little hypocritical. Cest la vie.

Why I’m closed-minded

There have been times in my life when I’ve refused to listen to other people’s points of view like when I was a Christian and I refused to question the divinity of Jesus and the Bible. I was also closed-minded when I was enlisted in the military and I automatically dismissed any criticism of the military’s mission, customs, and leadership. But eventually I explored and challenged my own beliefs and found their flaws and moved on.

Now I find myself preaching to people I used to be like. A lot of the times, when they fail to convert me back to their way of thinking they call me closed-minded. If someone doesn’t agree with you that indicates a possibility that they might be closed minded, but you can’t just call anyone who disagrees with you closed-minded. The more you do that the more it indicates that you’re probably the more closed-minded one.

I may not agree with you on a few things, but I’ve deleted posts that other people have convinced me were flawed. I’ve revised blogs where people have successfully poked holes in my logic, and I’ve admitted defeat to several people.

Why I overgeneralize things

It’s impossible to talk about anything without over generalizing. If I told you the sky was blue you could say, “Not at night.” You’d be correct that I over generalized my statement about the sky, but I’d still be right that the sky is blue. If we took the time to explain all the exceptions to every statement we ever made we’d only be able to make 10 statements in our entire life. So I’ve decided to just over generalize and assume my readers have the common sense to consider the obvious exceptions themselves. That’s not to say I don’t want anyone to ever point out when I’ve over generalized a statement to the point of it being flat out wrong (because that’s happened), but there’s also a point where anal nitpicking is just trying to find something pointless to argue about for the sake of being right about something.

I don’t write editorials to stroke my own ego and prove conclusively how wonderful, smart and right I am. I write in a genuine attempt to understand this wonderful, painful, surreal world we’ve all found our selves stranded in. I’m going to keep trying to figure it out, and I’m going to keep revising my answers. In the mean time I know people are going to keep accusing me of being a pompous, close-minded hypocrite, but I can live with that.

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About wise sloth

Note: The information I share here may seem random, but it explains why I write about a lot of the subjects I do. I was raised poor white Texas trailer trash. At the age of 17 I got baptized in a Southern Baptist Church, and at 18 I attended a Christian college where my Biblical studies promptly led me to the conclusion that Christianity is mythology. I left that school at 19, and a year later I joined the United States Air Force as an all around computer technician. I was stationed in Italy, Germany, Kuwait and Hawaii where I took online and night classes in psychology, which led me to the conclusion that the military is a cult. For all the good things I got out of the military, I never got a good explanation of why we invaded Iraq. So I volunteered to separate from the military early when my career field was downsized and moved back to my home state of Texas. I found that during the seven years I was enlisted, either America had changed or I had. I was dismayed by the apathy, materialism, wastefulness and anti-intellectualism of civilian life in American suburbia. So I sold everything I owned and immigrated to New Zealand. As majestic as that was, it wasn’t the land of milk and honey I was looking for. Unable to find work in the IT sector I managed a warehouse, worked alongside migrant laborers in fruit orchards and vineyards and studied creative writing. For personal and financial reasons I eventually moved back to America. I’m still kicking around trying to get it all figured out. My long term goal is to build an intellectual monastery where smart people can live for free in a stress free environment where they can focus on their life’s work. It would sure help if I got a MacArthur Fellowship, sponsorship and/or an agent. I’ve been blogging since 2006 about topics that I feel are important and don’t get enough attention. The Wise Sloth blog contains editorial, philosophical, instructional, inspirational and satirical posts in the form of essays, lists, comics, and fiction, which tend to be irreverent, humorous and controversial. I update it as often as possible. View all posts by wise sloth

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