This is Genius!

No, not this post. This post is just a post on just a blog posted by just a person. What is genius is the video which I am going to share in this post.

Why am I sharing this video?

It’s in answer to Fandango’s Provocative Question #15.

Fandango’s questions is as follows:

This week’s provocative question is based upon a quote by Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. Whew, that’s a lot of cred. Anyway, Russell, who died in 1970, suggested that…

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”

Do you concur with Mr. Russell’s perspective? Why or why not?

That particular quote comes from Bertrand Russell’s Mortals and Others: American Essays (link takes you to the wikiquote page for that essay collection) written in the 1930’s.

There was a lot of shit going down in society during that time, sandwiched between two world wars, and Bertie was feeling mentally sour-fruity about it, throwing lots of shade at his contemporaries.

That quote isn’t complete as shared by Fandango, it has another bit to it which gives it some more context:

Brute force plays a much larger part in the government of the world than it did before 1914, and what is especially alarming, force tends increasingly to fall into the hands of those who are enemies of civilization. The danger is profound and terrible; it cannot be waved aside with easy optimism.

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

Even those of the intelligent who believe that they have a nostrum are too individualistic to combine with other intelligent men from whom they differ on minor points. This was not always the case.

– Bertrand Russell, “The Triumph of Stupidity” (10 May 1933), pp. 203–204

Basically, he isn’t impressed by intelligent people either, he thinks they’re being stupid too. He’s fed up with everyone… kind of like everyone now is feeling about everyone else now.

Sir Ken Robinson kind of agrees, but his perspective is more along the lines of we were all born with genius…

And then we had it educated out of us as we passed through the system, which he likens to a factory, created by our ancestors…

…who wore silly hats, talked funny and had progressive ideas which were great for the times they lived in…

…but which are kind of passe, in the past, ancient now…

…yet we’re still trying to live by them, forcing others to do it too because we were forced to do it…

Drink the damn Kool-aid…

…making our grown ass 2019 selves fit into those teeny weeny jeans we wore when we were 7 yrs old back in the whatever century which isn’t this one…

Times have changed and so have we… so why are we still living la vida old school.

Anyway enough of me chitting and chatting stupidly while probably thinking I’m being all intelligently…

Watch this video…

It says it all both visually and verbally far better than I ever could.

Let me know what you think in the comments on this post.

All views are welcome…

Let it out and see what happens when that happens…

We’re all in this mess together… frightening thought, isn’t it!

All images in this post are stills from the video… it’s genius!*

*or at least I think it’s genius, the debate within still rages on as to whether I’m stupid or intelligent… I kind of hope stupid wins because then I’ll do stuff instead of just thinking about doing stuff and boring myself to death thinking things through to death and not doing anything about anything.

19 comments

  1. Brilliant video! It strikes a chord with some of my life experiences. Reminds me of a time some school doctors prescribed me some drugs which dulled out my senses. Teachers were concerned that I had ADHD. It made me wonder quite a bit about their system of thinking and what constitutes as “normal” in these educational institutions.

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    • Thank you, Sa 🙂

      One of my favourite teachers at school would often have a rant in class about the education system. He loved teaching and was frustrated because the curriculum didn’t give him time to teach the subject properly. He had to cram too much information into our heads in a short space of time so that we could take tests. The system didn’t care if we learned anything, it just needed us to remember it long enough and well enough to pass tests.

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  2. Interesting. My children were mostly home educated, in the form of un-schooling (except that we had mathematical textbooks). The map for ADHD… hmmm.

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    • Thank you, Marleen 🙂

      The bit about the map is a typically British satirical flourish. He was basically taking the piss out of that kind of statistical nonsense generated by a system which treats people like they’re numbers, data, objects, products, and not living beings, individuals.

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  3. I haz the dumbz and I stole (but gave you full credit), this most intriguing post for folks to read in answer to Fandango and his question. Hope that was okay. Things are really sucky in my version of the world right now. Really sucky.

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  4. Superb Ursula – and thank you for explaining more about the context of Bertrand Russell’s quote also. It helps to understand what was happening at the time and how fed up he must have been.

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    • Thank you, Mel 🙂

      Bertie was having a juicy grumpy old exasperated man rant about the state of the world at the time. When you consider that not long after he said those words there was another devastating world war, his rant was appropriate.

      His essay – Why Men Fight – is a fascinating read.

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  5. Fantastic video! I hadn’t seen it before but I am quite familiar with its contents. The collaborative, cross-curricular model of education is everywhere here. (There’s still a lot of manufacturing going on though. It’s like a pile of dirty laundry festering under a bed. )

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    • Thank you, Lynette 🙂

      Once a system is in place, and has set in, it takes a long time to change it, especially when it is intricately intertwined with other systems. Old habits die hard, but the good news is that they do die 😉

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  6. Yes, in the recent years I find myself leaning towards divergent thinking when it comes to problem solving but can be quite tiring. And sometimes being divergent can also get you carried off in other directions in my case, thereby forgetting the original problem lol…

    I watched a few of Sir Ken Robinson vids some time before while reading up on teaching methodology. He quoted another lecturer words that he (the lecturer) is here not to teach the subject but teach you how to learn the subject. His talks were rather interesting though I’ve not much interest in teaching education.

    Oh, I just finished a post. Have a look when you’re free and if you can offer any Capricornian advise that would be much welcome. Thank you very much 😉

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    • Sometimes getting carried off in other directions and forgetting the original problem is where we’re supposed to go. The problem was the starting point of a journey to somewhere else. You may find that the journey eventually comes back to the point of origin, but approaches it from a new perspective and you see it differently, perhaps it was not a problem at all.

      I’ve read both of your recent posts. What did you want in the way of advice? As I see it, you’re working your way through your puzzle very well on your own. Personal life puzzles have an ebb and flow to them. There are times when more pieces arrive, and it’s best to just sit and ponder them, listen to the stories which go with them, see where they fall into place or wait for more pieces if they don’t seem to have a place to fall into yet.

      If you have a specific question, ask. 🙂

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      • Actually, I don’t have a specific question because one question will led to another haha ya let the pieces fall in place by itself is the way it should be. By the way, your ‘puzzle piece logic’ I think is a brilliant advice.

        Recently I figured these different thinkers in my head need to voice out so I let them compose their own rhapsody. It’s only when I let go of a negative thought/attitude then I know if the thought/attitude was mine or theirs.There is always an argument that I’m too idealistic, but life lessons had taught me to be realistic as well. And sometimes being realistic is also being negative.

        So we need to stay realistically positive because a Piscean without ideals get stale and for me finding the balance is vital. This no one can help me but myself. Hope I’m making sense here, please excuse me if it doesn’t.

        Thank you for your reply 😉

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