Mindful Decadence.

When a person without strength, respect, character, or intellect is introduced to knowledge the result is always self-absorbed snobbery. The largest occurrence of this, in our society, is from high school students, new to college, in possession of all the world’s answers. I talk to a lot of people- some seeking a mutual discussion, some with half thought through praise or disapproval, a tiny group those who have quality criticism or praise, and then there are the effete, college bitches.

In some cases, they even graduate college and their problem somehow multiplies exponentially. In conversation they somehow explicitly state that they are extremely convinced of their own superior intellect, while every single thing they say only partially masks complete intellectual insecurity, like a five-hundred pound woman trying to hide behind a banzai tree. They feel the need to reference at least two works they’ve read in every sentence; and those works are consistently those which they were required to read while going through with conventional education in order to get a piece of paper. Spouting off things you’ve read just makes you a parrot. Applying the ideas is something else entirely.When you talk to me, I don’t give a fuck what your credentials are. They mean less than nothing. How you construct your thoughts, convey your ideas, and seek to always expand and improve is everything. Past accomplishment is past. It will not make you a more whole and worldly person today. The trick is to wear past experience like a scar. If the scar begins to heal, then you must slice it open again. Whenever you forget, or simply accept that you have overcome adversity, then your past experience becomes little more than a photo opportunity and a weak bragging right.School can’t give you an intellect, it will only give you knowledge. Having knowledge doesn’t grant you an intellect. It doesn’t give you a personality or character. And it won’t make deep what is shallow. If you have an intellect, everything you see and experience becomes knowledge, and knowledge will always find you. There is a high chance that when you come to a revelation, a million people have come to that same revelation before. That revelation, however small, still means something. It is actual inner growth. When you read about someone else’s revelation, it may be interesting, it may seem profound, but it can never compare to self initiated thought.

Mindful Decadence.

Amy Corkin

Mountain Home, United States

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