There is a ton of misinformation out there, but I can assure you, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. In order to help you along your journey to understand Bussin concepts, here is some more detail.
Top Bussin Concepts: So Stupid it’s Smart, or so Smart it’s Stupid?
Cognitive ability and function is the most important overarching theme to what we are doing here (and equally the lack there-of.) There is no debate that any age intelligence and smarts is generally viewed in a negative context, and that philosophy has been immeasurably detrimental to our society.
Society is Embarassing
It’s pretty obvious the collective intelligence of our society has declined to a point where I am literally embarrassed to be American, if not human. It seems to be common knowledge that “stupidity knows no bounds,” but I think even that statement severely underestimates the level of stupidity that exists in the world.This is almost unthinkable, especially given the conditions of the modern world today. We currently exist during a period of advancement never before experienced in human history.
That said, I will admit, my friends and I do have a fairly heinous sense of humor. Bussin did honestly begin as a joke about stupidity, especially with respect to getting intoxicated. It was initially intended in a far more rude and distasteful manner, but at heart we are not rude and disrespectful people.
Throwing around ideas, it became clear the only people who really should be riding the short bus, are the people who made fun of the kids riding it in the first place. Seems pretty ironic the “special ed” kids who probably get straight A’s ride the short bus when Tommy’s lazy ass rides the regular bus and is thinking about dropping out after his straight D’s report card. He’s the one bullying them, making fun, and causing that high-anxiety school-age environment geared towards popularity and superficiality.
“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee
Either way, as we explored the idea we realized that while understood to be direct opposites, stupidity and intelligence are practically one in the same. In fact, they are both direct opposites and similes at the same time. They are opposites in the way everyone knows, but similes in the way that “a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is NOT a square.”
More on that later…
Admittedly, in a most basic, unfinished manner, we felt this idea to be completely idiotic and stupid. Still, knew there was a funny idea, and thought to ourselves: “What would happen if we invested as much intelligence as possible into the stupidest thing we could think of?” We were constantly amazed by what we found through our research, and further thought: “What would happen if we invested as much stupidity as possible into the most intelligent thing we could think of?”
That will make sense further down the road, but it exemplifies much about what we are doing here. It is reasonable to think Stupid people are capable of doing intelligent things just as much as an Intelligent person is of doing stupid things. So we must ask ourselves, are we the first, or the latter? Or – does it matter?
“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” – Cher
People have been keen on what we are talking about for a long time, and these quotes say a lot in very little. They also provide us guidance in our endeavor. I believe our question is about as foolish as it can get, and I know I am a fool in the grand scheme of things. I am definitely ready to look foolish, and silence is wise in being so.
Therefore, we should be on a path to achieve greatness, all of us, and in the end, you will understand exactly what we mean.
Short Bussin is an investigation into the duality of cognitive ability aimed at showing how stupidity and intelligence sit at infinitely opposite ends of the spectrum, yet are so close to one another, they are almost impossible to differentiate.
I must reiterate, this project has grown and evolved over almost 3 years, the complexity of which is a struggle to wrap my head around – and I came up with it! Should you decide to continue taking this journey with us, keep these few things in mind.
- Duality is a very strong theme throughout. Practically everything has multiple meanings or implications, so if you are only seeing it one way, then you’re straight Bussin on something else.
- Vocabulary & Context is extremely important. Things can be expressed in a multitude of ways, and we have definitely leveraged that to the maximum. Watch out for word trickery.
- The Bussopedia is the all-encompassing resource for information related to our concept. If this stuff is making you feel a bit Bussey, Busst it out.
- This is the most serious joke ever. Take it seriously, but not that seriously.
Top Bussin Concepts: Ignorance is Bliss, Ignance is [Buss]
Language is humanity’s single most important capability. We are massively complex organisms, and language is the only way we have to express ourselves. Despite this, many dismiss or simply don’t acknowledge this fact, and are content to not only use a limited vocabulary, but to botch that limited vocabulary as it is.
Language is a cornerstone of our project here. People like to think, “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” That couldn’t be more incorrect, and if you agree you’re straight Bussin. That’s the same as when people try to say, “beauty is on the inside.” No, it’s not, and saying stupid things a certain way does not change the fact it’s stupidity. It is definitely both what you say, AND how you say it. Words have specific meanings, and while some can be similes, they exist separately because, duh, they have differing definitions, regardless how slight.
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish” – Epictetus
Unfortunately, slang has become an accepted norm, and has only become more and more detrimental with the proliferation of technology and mobile devices. I have a whole other argument on “mobile devices” which includes everything from corrupted youth to Big Breh conspiracy shit, but that I’ll leave for another time. The point I’m making is in how the ability of instant communication and transmission of information combined with a large majority of users being of a lower category of cognitive ability, and the spread of bad habits far outweighs that of good ones.
I truly don’t understand how or why people talk like complete idiots, and more so why they don’t care about sounding like an idiot. I didn’t understand for the longest time until I did: that most people actually are too stupid to realize they are speaking like a complete idiot. Not only that, but these people tend to garner the most attention, giving pathetic language skills more attention, pushing the traits of accummen and couth further out of society’s mind.
Not to mention, those who use a more intelligent vocabulary are actually made to feel stupid for it. It is all too common where someone uses a big word in conversation, and whoever doesn’t understand will most likely turn around poke fun because of it. Let’s be serious, who’s really the idiot? I wouldn’t think something of this nature to be such a problem if it were only about legitimately complicated terms. The fact that people are capable of botching even the simplest of linguistic elements isn’t nearly as upsetting as the fact that they actually act as advocates of such behavior – even worse so, successfully!
“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” – Leo Tolstoy
OK, let’s break this down in true Bussin fashion. I don’t like to say I use a big vocabulary; I prefer to say I don’t speak like a moron. I don’t expect others to have the same verbal accummen, but I’m sure as hell not going to be made to feel bad for speaking intelligently.
First of all, most people would think talking intelligently looks foolish; however, let’s remember, foolishness is actually a defining trait of high wisdom, so… If I look foolish, then I must truly be wiser than the fool who thinks themselves wise.
With this in mind, I like to take it one step further: I like to speak in a way that intentionally confuses people, or that “puts them on the Bus.” I also like to speak in a way that initially seems ridiculously stupid, but once others are able to wrap their heads around it, the facial expression that says “I can’t possibly be that dumb, but apparently I am” is priceless.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein
Keep in mind that while I do gain a certain satisfaction from watching people derp out for a moment, it is very important to make the distinction that it is not meant to be condescending or demeaning. Watching people Bussin is always entertaining, but turning people off to learning is detrimental in its own right. Leveraging humor to highlight intellectual limitations is a positive way to encourage and motivate others to learn, and it is so very satisfying knowing you are opening others’ minds to a different way of thinking. Also, demonstrating that having and utilizing an extensive vocabulary is not only fulfilling and entertaining but actually fun, will make all the difference.
This doesn’t necessarily mean using way tricky words, but also using words in tricky ways. Even the simplest of changes can have the most monumental effect. The specific tricks and techniques used to initiate Bussin in a variety of instances will be covered in later posts, but understanding the immeasurable power language can have at even the most simple levels, will give you a whole new appreciation for it.
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” – Paul Coelho
With that, let me axes you a few questions:
Is this ridiculously clear, or clearly ridiculous? Is it the best worst idea, or the worst best idea? Is it unbelievably simple, or simply unbelievable?
Absurd Bussin Concepts: SMART is not far from SHORT
If we recall, Short means “lacking or deficient in some crucial aspect,” and with respect to our idea, most commonly as a result of compromised cognitive function.
In the most basic sense, Short implies stupidity (the exact meaning breakdown is in the Bussopedia.) This theme is very important, and implies that the line between smart and stupid is sometimes indistinguishable. This is a difficult concept to explain, but this is Bussin, so it would be expected there might be some Bussin on the concept of Bussin.
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ― Socrates
Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment, so if knowing “nothing” implies “having knowledge,” then which is it? Wisdom is gained through experience, and experience by learning from our mistakes. Mistakes might make us look foolish, but again, foolishness is a trait of high wisdom.
“If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
So foolish mistakes can provide knowledge, which is a component of wisdom. Wisdom is knowing nothing, and knowing nothing leads to mistakes – at which point is a person decidedly one or the other? Or both? Neither? Again, does it matter?
If we know that we know nothing, but know a great deal of nothing, and knowing nothing leads to us knowing more nothing, then what is it we actually know? As such, wouldn’t it be considered even wiser (in pursuit of wisdom) to invest a great deal of time, effort, and thought towards knowing nothing?
Interestingly enough, every great discovery and advancement throughout history could be considered an example of exactly this. To pursue knowledge is to pursue that which we do not know, so it could be said that the smartest things ever to happen were due to investing a great deal into the dumbest endeavors.
Think about it, at the time, going to the moon was quite possibly the dumbest idea possible. Whoever decided to put grown ass adults into a monster bottle rocket that was equipped with a B&W TV-era computer equivalent to a simple calculator today. Sure it’s cool, and fuck the Russians back then, but seriously, my phone is 1000X more powerful than that, and I still struggle to do adulting effectively. Those guys went to the fucking moon.
Think of everything that was discovered by accident: Penicillin, the microwave, velcro, and a personal favorite, LSD. The smartest results from the dumbest shit that smart people do is straight Bussin. Intentionally doing the dumbest things would normally be considered stupid, immature, or otherwise foolish; however, if we remember being foolish is actually the wisest thing to do.
“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” – Albert Einstein
Being foolish does require a certain perspective, philosophy, and personality, especially to do it well. Bussin on purpose, especially like a boss, takes much practice, but it is a skill unlike any other. This mindset led to the development of one of our taglines:
If you’re going to do stupid things, do them as smart as possible.
This can have many different meanings, but the core principle is sound. SMART is not far from SHORT, and the difference can be just as small as 2 letters. Throughout history people have been getting Short and Bussin straight into the record/history books. Countless things have resulted purely by accident, or out of complete foolishness, and every time, we must ask ourselves:
Either way, it’s straight Bussin.
Best Bussin Concepts: Smart = Intelligence
Sure, the wheel gets us around, electricity we can’t do without, airplanes are pretty cool, and penicillin was pretty clutch, but regardless of anything, there hasn’t been an invention as monumentally significant as the internet since probably the invention of language in the first place.
Simply, put what element led to each invention or transformation throughout history? Knowledge, or more specifically, information. The invention of language allowed us to communicate more effectively with each other, and the invention of writing, paper, et al enabled us to collect, compile, and archive information.
The wheel, steam engines, oil, and aerodynamics have enabled us to travel faster, further, and in greater numbers. With human flow comes the transfer of information, but it still requires the physical transportation of an object (human, book, or etc) that took time, resources, and effort.
The internet is the single most important advancement in history, and we have only barely begun to see the influence it will have on society. The instant transfer or dissemination of information is a capability the human species has never experienced. Never before has a person been able to write words and within milliseconds have those words read on the complete opposite side of the globe.
I believe in freedom of speech, but the dynamic of the modern media machine is no secret. It is up to the reader to determine the value of information, and biased or subjective information is often taken as fact. Comprehension and interpretation depends purely on a person’s intelligence, and knowing that only 35% of Americans have a college degree provides opportunities for those with questionable ethics to take advantage.
With that in mind, I believe in a philosophy on which I expect many people will have an opinion; however, it’s many of those same people my philosophy speaks to, so… As such, it is my philosophy that smart and intelligent are not the same thing.
- the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
- (adj)having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.
- (n)intelligence; acumen.
- showing or characterized by an ability to think or respond quickly and effectively.
- the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.
So intelligent overall means, “having/showing [the ability to acquire/apply knowledge/skills] especially at a high level. And Smart means, “having/showing intelligence, especially in regards to response efficacy and speed.
Argue all you want, but looking back at the definitions. Being smart is to have intelligence, but only in a quick-witted nature. In no way does it state or imply having intelligence outside of a quick-witted nature. On the other hand, intelligence is specifically defined as an ability/skill for acquiring and applying knowledge/skills, and to be intelligent is to have intelligence, especially to a high-degree. If you haven’t figured out by now the significance of these minute details then either welcome, you’re new, or [smh] you straight Bussin on it.
Looking further, we can then make the distinction between noun and adjective. Smart as an adj we looked at. Smarts, as a noun, or a person’s trait, refers to acumen being “good judgements/decisions in a typical domain.” The Bussier it seems, the more sense it makes.
So what exactly is the difference?
Smart + experience = intelligence
Pretty simple, I mean Bussey, right?
Good judgement/decision making has nothing to do with being correct or accurate, and having that in a particular domain does not guarantee a detailed & applicable understanding of that domain either. Anyone is capable of good judgement/decisions without having the actual intelligence to back it up.
Smart is a kid not touching the stove because it looks hot, they’ve been told it’s hot, and maybe “feels” hot. Intelligent, is an adult not touching the stove because it looks hot, they know it’s hot, but also because as merely a “smart” kid, missed one in the judgement call domain, and 2nd degree burnt the shit out their hand.
Smart + Experience = Intelligence
Seriously, this isn’t rocket science. Now, my utmost respect for the teachers of the world, but the statement “those who can’t do, teach” is more true than anyone cares to admit. There are countless “grey area” examples that could be considered either way, but there are more than enough realistic examples to serve as proof.
I do not mean people who teach after doing; they belong to a category of their own.
Why is this important?
I make and advocate this distinction because ultimately I view and use the word “smart” insultingly. I have shared my position with a very small number of people, but they and I gain so much satisfaction out of the wokeAF inside joke we have going.
This topic of conversation is a bit rare; however, if it does occur, it almost always ends up at a point where I sound like I’m agreeing with whatever, and I’m complimenting how smart they are because really I stopped listening a long time ago, and what I really mean to say is, “you are so fucking stupid and ignorant, but the effort necessary for me to check your dumb ass would be nowhere near worth the benefit from doing so (either for you, me, or both,) so instead I’m actually going to falsely feed your ego, subtly insulting your intelligence (lack thereof) in such a way that only people of a certain intelligence would recognize, let alone appreciate.” Which even if I were honest, is a statement that would probably fly over most peoples’ heads anyway.
It doesn’t pay to be honest, and it doesn’t pay to be intelligent. Wisdom is knowing we know nothing, and knowing we know nothing is the height of human wisdom. Intelligent is smart, but smart isn’t intelligent?
That’s some savage Bussery.