I often faces with a boasting. Every day, I think. Maybe you recognize one of your fellow.
Do you know the capital of Namibia? No? You’re kidding. It’s QUITE SIMPLE, everyone knows, I don’t understand, why you are not.
At the same moment you’re reading in his eyes: “You look like an idiot, I noticed a long time ago”
Why should I know that? Is it vital information for me? Am I look like an african researcher? A geographist? Maybe I fond of memorizing all capitals in the world? No. Sure I’m not. But when you come to me and ask me, why do you make it that way? That conceited manner of speaking. Who have taught you?
Let’s clear it up. What’s “behind blue eyes”? This is an ostentatious self-confidence. Maybe you wanted to show your inquisitiveness, broad outlook, but the interlocutor (i.e. me) thinks, that you’re a dumb ass. Guys, please, be simple.
Want to sum up with the one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes passage:
…I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to be to me such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it (…)
“You see,” he explained, “I consider that a man’s brain
originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it” (…)
“But the Solar System!” I protested.
“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”
A Study In Scarlet. Arthur Conan Doyle
P.S. The capital of Namibia is Windhoek. You have more ways for humbling your friends 🙂
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