October 11, 2008

Meet Karl Pilkington.

Moments of pure cinema.

part 1

part 2

part 3

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jon said...

this is really interesting stuff and, like you said, really cool film too.

i enjoyed part one because i am going to take an intelligence test next week (not the mensa but a graduate school examination) and i'm filled with all sorts of anxieties and questions like this guy was asking himself.

there are lots of good questions here. sometimes the smartest thing people can do is ask questions, and sometimes non-answers are an answer in themselves, as in the case of the lady baking bread.

i think we have to accept that each of us has a place in the dialogue about truth. too often i think the intellegentsia lose sight of their humble place in serving the public in this, and those who label themselves "unintelligent" also too willingly excuse themselves from taking their place in this. i don't know, that's what these videos made me think about.

as far as the question about whether more "intelligence" would make this guy happier, i think the following post by my friend and former profesor expresses quite beautifully what are my thoughts about "happiness":


really great videos there. i haven't watched part 3 yet though.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Interesting blog article. I'd read it before, and yeah -he's on to something.

I didn't expect such a thoughtful response, Jon. Thanks. I'll chew on that for a while.

Happiness. Hmm. Sometimes I think I wouldn't mind being happy but stupid. But I made my bed (to pursue truth) and now I've got to sleep in it. But, I am condescending enough most of the time to think that unintelligent people's lives would be better (not happier) if they dared to aspire to something higher intellectually. A permanent state of adolescence might make one happier, but it is certainly no gift to the rest of the world.

"The happiest people in the world are idiots."