By: Jason Bjarne Lebeck
As of late, I’ve started to identify myself as more-or-less an ape: not only as a way to connect with my dreadful roots of evolution, but also as a way of coming to terms with the futility of human intellect. However, despite being so undeniably akin to the brutish and idiotic nature of apes (as I myself an a decendent of them), I used to faithfully convince myself that I was more akin to the exotic intellect of humans. Well, after running the numbers and doing the math, the latter has turned out to be an undeniable lie.
Before reconnecting with my unevolved cousins, I was your stereotypical “smart kid” who’s scored high marks in all of his many courses he’s taken throughout his educational career. In other words, I was so passionate for ‘learning’-- and I use this term loosely, that I drove myself to near insanity as a result. My friends, my family, my free time, my life -- none of these things were safe from my lust for knowledge: I sacrificed everything I loved just so I could possess more knowledge. Can you name any other animal so foolish enough to sacrifice its own kin and life just so it could know more about differential calculus? No, only foolish humans would do that!
However, humans don’t just stop there-- as I can attest to. I didn’t just take the most advanced courses I could find in mathematics; I took the most advanced courses I could find in any and all subjects. Last year alone, I enrolled in over 16 courses in an effort to obtain all the knowledge that was humanly possible to grasp in one year. However, in retrospect, I now see how foolish this all was. I mean, do you see me with a white collar shirt on, a black tie around my neck, and a career inventing new software for Google? No, you don’t! I live in a small, run-down, rural town in the middle-of-nowhere hicks town in Oregon. Unlike what you might’ve guessed, my town isn’t known for it’s cutting-edge technological innovations and advancements; we’re known for our backwardness and ignorance. Nonetheless, this doesn’t imply that I am somehow less intelligent than someone who does, indeed, work for Google, Apple, Samsung, et cetera.
It’s not about where you work, how much you know, or your IQ score. The real measure of intelligence is someone’s ability to stand out in their own field or aspect. I had to learn this reality the hard way, as I took so many courses in an effort to become smarter, but if anything, I only succeeded in driving myself further from who I really want to be: smart. You see, it’s simply not smart to over stress yourself and distance yourself from friends and family just so you can take more courses -- it’s dumb, foolish, and immature. All it shows is that you’re not smart, not wise, and not prepared for college or the future. Thus, my advice to anyone who has ever questioned their intelligence and felt a need to take a million courses to prove to themself that they aren’t stupid, is to just not do that. Don’t. You won’t gain anything from taking a million courses, except for a million tests, quizzes, assignments, and very large amounts of unnecessary stress. Instead, you should realize that you’re just an ape, and as such you cannot learn everything. Simply put. we’re not robots: we’re apes; we can’t learn everything that’s ever been discovered, and we can only strive to be the best in our field and try to be generally logical and forward-thinking.