Ignorance is Bliss

But that’s actually what’s wrong. If ignorance is bliss, then ignance, is Bussin.

This guy gets it.

So does this guy.

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.

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” – Ben Franklin

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 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?