Friday, September 5, 2014

Yes, we lost, but we were not last

Tonight some colleagues and I attended a quiz night at a local bar. We have decided to get together once a month and do this. It is fun, but it is also funny figuring out how unknowing we really are. How little we know and what small amount of knowledge about the rest of the world we really have. It's like we live in our own little bubbles and even though someone shares it on our facebook news feed we don't remember who won the World Cup or what year Mother Theresa got her Nobel Prize. We know the intire lyrics to the theme song to True Blood, but have no idea who wrote it, who sings it or even what it's called. There are 50 states in the USA and I can't even name ten.

It is also kind of sad to realize how much of the stuff we should know, things we learned in school, that we have forgotten. Like math, who remembers every thing they learned in the math classes? Or history for that mather. When it comes to remembering what year a war started or a great writer died, or even what year I got my first cell phone, I am totally lost.

Quiz night therefore can make some people feel more stupid than they do on other nights, but is that the case? Are we stupid for not reading every inch of the newspaper every morning and watching the news every evening? Does not knowing every thing that has happened since the beginning of life make my life poor?

Sometimes we choose what we want to know, what we want to remember. Every current or former student knows that we can not choose to remember everything and that is okey. It does not make us stupid, it makes us human.

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