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A handful of platitudes I'm in the mood to throw out. 
31st-May-2006 09:54 am
People who accuse others of trying to be know-it-alls are wasting energy concealing their own ignorance when they should instead be working to further educate themselves.

As such, most of the arguments I get into online these days reveal only that my interlocutor does not fully comprehend the subject (and, naturally, assumes I'm the problem, not her lack of experience or information).

Arguing about whether or not there is always equality of opportunity is like arguing whether or not there was a Holocaust--one side is right and the other is just plain wrong.

And speaking of the Holocaust, those born after it occurred or were not actually involved might not be directly culpable, but we are all responsible. Responsible to remember that this was not only a German atrocity; it was also human one, and we must be ever-vigilant because we're all, each and every one of us, capable of it.

Be ever wary of those who argue in favor of "freedom of choice" when the chooser is not fully emmancipated economically, socially, and/or politically.
31st-May-2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Whenever I heard that term, I usually think more about the attitude in which the information was delivered, not whether the information was right/wrong or complete/incomplete.
31st-May-2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
I realize - clarification is necessary: in other words, I don't know why they'd chose that term. I know lots of people who know it all, but don't have an attitude problem delivering the information.
31st-May-2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
But contemplate: Is it the demeanor of the person accused of being the "expert" or the "know-it-all," or the fact that the accuser is feels threatened and put on the defensive that is more telling? After all, if someone is obviously wrong, they're not the expert--they're just wrong.
31st-May-2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
I suppose it would depend on the person. I have a friend who, for the past 3 years, considers himself to be an expert on Japanese culture. He's a very smart guy and there are times when I have benefit from his knowledge. However, there are also times when he is so focused on the view that he believes is right that he will tell you that you're wrong because of x, y, and z, disregarding any literature that does not support his point of view. In other words, he fails to acknowledge that he may be 99.9% right, but that .1% is still out there. It's not an issue of being threatened by conflicting knowledge, it's more of an issue of a person now acknowledging that there are conflicting viewpoints currently being contested.
31st-May-2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
So because there are conflicting viewpoints that means people are allowed to call others know-it-alls?
31st-May-2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying that people are allowed or aren't allowed to call others know-it-alls. This was my view on the term, not permission for behavior.
31st-May-2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
But I'm not talking about people you would define as being "know-it-alls" at all; I'm talking about the circumstances under which a person would LABEL another a "know-it-all." Given the power issues at hand, it most often seems to speak of a labeler who feels threatened by the AUTHORITY of another.
31st-May-2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Well, given that you're speaking of a personal experience that has not been related to the rest of us, maybe that is the case. But I don't think that it's the only reason people are labelled as such. If it were, there would be a lot more people labelled as know-it-alls, rather than just academics.
31st-May-2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's unfair to tease us like this without giving examples^^
31st-May-2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Examples of what? ^^;;;;;
31st-May-2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Of said idiot of course^_^

Nevermind me. I'm bored and it shows.
31st-May-2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
IdiotS, you mean. *snerk* Heh, heh, heh. My policy is never to name names.

But you could probably guess some of 'em, at least...
31st-May-2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ah well, you can't do anything except ignore them you know.

I'm off to fill my tummy. It's rather empty at the moment^_~
31st-May-2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ah well, you can't do anything except ignore them you know.

Which is exACTly what I've decided to do.

I outclass them all intellectually, anyway. *bwa ha ha ha* XD XD XD
1st-Jun-2006 04:18 am (UTC)
I know about 500 people who need to have that last sentence tattooed on their foreheads.
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