Originally posted by justamomma
You have somewhat of a point there, but there are valid places for anger. That sense of superiority could be better defined as disgust; not because
you feel superior, but because they are letting their most valuable resource (their brain) go to waste. This waste of brain that is piling on the
earth is something we will all have to pay for.
Seems to me that the anger you feel isn't unwarranted. It shows to me that you care about this world and those that actually are thinking.
I can definitely relate to this. It isn't close to being ever present, luckily, bit I definitely know that feeling.
Part of my job/hobby being a software developer, I think for me it's part of the "hacker"* mind set.. the "inquiring minds want to
know"-McGuyver-meets-A-Team-meets-Star-Trek's-Data kind of feeling.
(* Note: in my dictionary: hackers MAKE things and crackers BREAK things. This is not the general mass media meaning. )
The deeply rooted drive to learn as much as I can about as many things as I can, combined with a flavor of creativity on top of it. All of this with
the desire to propel mankind forward!
What comes to mind from this computer-related material are:
"How to become a Hacker:"
1. The world is full of fascinating problems waiting to be solved.
2. No problem should ever have to be solved twice.
Creative brains are a valuable, limited resource. They shouldn't be wasted on re-inventing the wheel when there are so many fascinating new
problems waiting out there.
3. Boredom and drudgery are evil.
4. Freedom is good.
5. Attitude is no substitute for competence.
What also comes to mind is the Hacker Manifesto
"Damn underachiever. They're all alike."
And now this will return into a small rant...
With what we can achieve technologically, this world could be something that rivals the Gardens of Eden.
But because of everything underachieving, wasting brain power to the greed, abuse of power and the downright criminal and evil we are everything but
reaching something that comes close.
Basically my approach is a bit like the Borg from Star Trek, but without the freaky hive mind mentality and the desire to squash everything in your
path: learn everything you can and work together as 'one smooth engine' to be able to live in an awesome world with technology that borders on the
miraculous. Peaceful, honorable, ethical, but powerful enough not to mess with.
And what do I just read?
That a group of Dutch female students, aged 17 - 25, were all horribly raped while working on a project to rebuild schools in Kenia.
The evil and injustice in that is close to making me explode.
I wished some Zeus-like figure ("for great Justice!") would appear in the heavens and instantly zap those evil critters that are nothing but a waste