Sunday, November 4, 2012
Never trust a self proclaimed wise person. Their declarations of infinite wisdom are always followed by a bid to appoint themselves leader of the pack. They shove in with their brass balls and authoritative posture, waving some relic of a birth certificate as if this is proof of their intellect.
If there is no pack to lead, they'll create one. Then make it their mission statement to keep out people they don't like.
People like you.
I have some news for you. Advanced age just means you are old.
I can't help getting old. But I can avoid being full of bullshit.
Well I can't, but I can display my full of shitness as an option or an opinion. I can do it in a way that isn't divisive or harmful.
This doesn't apply to the acutely self esteem deficient. Everything under the sun triggers you guys.
As long as there is a willing audience, we will get the same old know it all slap fucks holding court with their dead from the neck up proselytizing.
"I am WELL into my fifties. (Short pause for the E.F.Hutton effect)... and I CAN tell you this."
We know you can, but we wish you wouldn't.
And we'll get the same people that must be told what to think.
"Who knows what everyone else is thinking? I don't dare say what I think. What if I am wrong? I'll wait and see what every one else says, and then I'll agree with them.
Any body that confuses age with wisdom should try standing in a mob of assisted living refugees swarming the slot machines at Choctaw Casino.
If you err to the side of human fallibility, you will get through this life just fine. The odds are, that the beeping, squawking know it all, is just a fat bag of hot air.
This "I am wise hear me roar" tactic, should be the first red flag you look for. It works too well for them to leave it out.
They lie when they tell us that their arrival at this perfect state of transcendental wisdom and judicious grace, is a function of age. They have always been the insufferable ass you see now. Their sense of entitlement was something they were born with. It's just easier to sell it at this age with a little spoonful of Aunt Bee to make the medicine go down.
Those that fled and deleted blogs don't blame any one but yourselves.
If you read this you probably still think the rest of us are your enemy and you have found a place populated by like minded, compassionate people. But the people Cali turned you against are the people who created this safe haven in the first place.
I don't include myself in this group.
I am speaking of the guys that have been here for years. The upsi's and jonsi's. The mulderfan's and the Vanci's. PA and all the other people who got where they are by writing there own rules and not following some paint by number therapy they found reading Ann Landers. Free standing, free thinkers, that would never ask you to give up your autonomy. And would never ask you to throw your journal's away because your thinking and writing might expose you to some risk.
For me, aging has been an unfolding of knowing how much stuff is out there that I will NEVER understand. Age doesn't shorten the list of things that will round out my perfection. It lets me know that the kind of wisdom they are preaching about doesn't exist.
Only a fool would offer themselves up as a conduit to perfection.
And only a fool would take them up on it.
There is a reason why humans evolved with mouths that close and ears that stay open.
It's because we need more shutting the fuck up, and less spewing of self aggrandizing bullshit.
Not every thought, opinion, and statement is destined for the history book.
So anonymous flying monkeys from the land of Cali, here you go.
Let the " I know you are but what am I " games begin.