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 Post subject: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:12 pm 
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I'm just wondering if anyone is there with me. Because when I go to work at Pizza Hut amongst the plethora of high school drop outs, I'm the smartest fish in the pond. But when I come here I'm constantly bombarded by walls-o-text with vocabulary that reminds me that I never finished college and rationale and logic that reminds me that I'm a product of the American public school system. :stars:

So is anyone else consistently frustrated and/or jealous of all the smarty-pantses that post 'round hur?

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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I'm prolly jealous... :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:57 pm 
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I have a three college degrees, including a Phd, and will soon be entering into a program to earn my fourth degree...

So I think that I am pretty educated and knowledgeable....

However, change the topic from stuff that I am familiar with to something that I know little or nothing about like wine collecting, opera, or the history of 17th century Japan and I feel like a complete loser who knows nothing....

One area in particular that I am not very knowledgeable about is geography. What nations border Thailand and where is it on a map? I honestly have no idea. The only geography course I have ever taken is in the 7th grade, and I hardly paid attention.

It is not really a question of 'knowing stuff' or 'not knowing stuff' so much as it is a question of knowing about 'some things' and not 'other things'

Obviously, no one can know everything, and no one can be equally conversant in all areas.

I admit that sometimes I feel like an ignoramus compared to Custos or PED


But it depends on the topic.....there's tons of stuff that I know which those two don't know....but when they talk about things I know little about but which they are knowledgeable, I feel like an idiot.

Whether or not you are 'smart' really depends on the topic I think..I am 'smart' on lots of things, but also ignorant about a lot of other things.

The key is to be humble and willing to learn more.....and to know the limitations of your knowledge

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DCF makes me constantly aware of how much I goofed off in school and how poorly educated I really am.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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DCF makes me constantly aware of how much I goofed off in school and how poorly educated I really am.


'I do not know how I may appear to others, but to myself I feel like a child playing on the seashore, amusing myself by finding a prettier shell or smoother pebble than is ordinary, whilst the vast ocean of truth lies undiscovered before me.' Sir Issac Newton

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I'm prolly jealous... :mrgreen:


"Prolly" is not a word :fyi:

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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I lurked here for a loonnngg time at first, I called it the "place with the big brains".

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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Hmmm....some of it is because the knowledge of the posters is extensive - they all have their own particular interests and specialties. I've learned a lot about many different subjects coming here. It's one of the things I like about this board. I like the fact that my intellect gets stretched by participation here. I've never felt looked down upon for my lack of higher education.

Remember, you are only as good as the company you keep. Stick around, and you'll so over the heads of those highschool dropouts, they will get nosebleeds talking to you.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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I pretty much agree with Doom. There are posters here who are very smart, and there are posters here who are very knowledgeable (and there are posters here who are very wise, but that's another topic). If someone like PED is talking a lot about something and I have no idea what he's saying, I read the post through more carefully to figure out what in particular I don't get, and then I just ask for more information or more detail, or I look online (depending on what the question it). If it's a point that isn't very important and that I have no interest in, then I might just let it go. If it's a point that's too complicated or requires more extensive background knowledge than I have or can gain quickly, then I probably will just let it go. But most of the time I just ask. So, no, it doesn't make me feel dumb or frustrated or anything like that. If anything, I feel more insecure if I'm interacting with normal Catholics at church and they assume I know about certain customs, traditions, or devotions with which I'm not familiar, but even then I just ask about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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Yep, right there with ya. :)

Since it is summer, I find that my brain doesn't want to work as hard so I pretty much avoid the Lyceum, Apologetics, and other sections that will require me to think too hard.

When it's not summer and I'm in a "thinking" kind of mood, I'll venture in, but sometimes I don't last very long because I get lost pretty quickly. Perhaps one day, my journey will take me to where I will be one of those knowledgeable ones. :)

I definitely have grown a lot in my understanding since having come here a year or so ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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Oh, I also don't read Apologetics and skip most of the Lyceum, so maybe that's why I don't feel dumb as often. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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Constable Toad wrote:
I'm just wondering if anyone is there with me. Because when I go to work at Pizza Hut amongst the plethora of high school drop outs, I'm the smartest fish in the pond. But when I come here I'm constantly bombarded by walls-o-text with vocabulary that reminds me that I never finished college and rationale and logic that reminds me that I'm a product of the American public school system. :stars:

So is anyone else consistently frustrated and/or jealous of all the smarty-pantses that post 'round hur?

I'm with Doom in that it doesn't matter what your education is as much as what it is in.

That being said, I'm with you. There are so many people who know so much more than I do, esp in the areas of theology! But I am very grateful that they are willing to share because I learn so much from them :D

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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kage_ar wrote:
baptist bumble wrote:
I'm prolly jealous... :mrgreen:


"Prolly" is not a word :fyi:

CRAP, you're right! Now I feel stupid again...


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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I always thought I was fairly smart until I came here....that was over 10 years ago and I am still amazed at the depth of knowledge (on various topics) that exists on this forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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I suppose I feel the "brunt" of the intelligence of this board since my Baptist theology is constantly being strained, tested, beaten, pulled, enlightened and challenged by those on this board. I'm a big fish in the pond in r--- l--- but here I'm knocked off my high horse... and I like that. I appreciate the strength of the wind since I'm constantly trying to walk against it :D

My area of expertise is limited to quoting lines from Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars movies, local eating establishments and how many fingers I am holding up now. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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.....and how many fingers I am holding up now.



That would depend on how much of the wine you actually cooked with.


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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.....and how many fingers I am holding up now.

That would depend on how much of the wine you actually cooked with.
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Recipe only called for a half a cup.... :mrgreen:


...okay so we used most of the bottle a few nights earlier, but there was probably a good cup/cup and a half left in there. So that means I'm holding up... 11 fingers?


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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On feeling 'simple'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd4S5C4P ... re=related

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else feel... "simple" when they come to DCF?
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kage_ar wrote:
baptist bumble wrote:
I'm prolly jealous... :mrgreen:


"Prolly" is not a word :fyi:


Smarty pants.

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