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Jade.I.Am posted this thread...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Umm...how to phrase this. Why should a person, if all they have is one life on this earth, try and be knowledgeable in ...stuff, and investigate sciency stuff (hehe sorry for my lack of....sciency words)? Wouldn't it be far better to relax and enjoy what few years you have to be alive than worry about figuring out cool, but ultimately meaningless facts and all that........basically, what I'm asking is, is there any real lasting value to acquiring knowledge and figuring out how the world works? Why not just experience it, while you're alive. Just seems like so much time wasted to never find any real answers, since "the more you know, the less you know" and all.....I dunno. I'm having a "this is all pointless, AHHHH O_O moment"......

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Jade.I.Am replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Like calculus, for example >.> someone justify me in not doing my homework please!!!!!!!! :D

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packerbacker12 replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

If you want to get a degree in college and live a happy life you will more than likely have to do calculus so that you can be prepared for it in college;) just saying.. :)
Shalom Alechiem!

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Jade.I.Am replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

That does not answer my question -__- I know that already. I'm asking why it has to, is expected, and IS that way. Why does society force it's obsession with knowledge on us. What if that's not all life's about..........I am so not phrasing this right. I promise I'm not just a lazy high school student trying to get out of doing her math homework. I'm being genuine.

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Izuo.This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

It's like this today because it's the society we live in. We have grown from being hunters and gatherers. We have an fragile economy. Anyways, im posting on my phone and it's slow so I might post more later. *

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Breece6 replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Knowledge allows us to live longer, live in better conditions, treat diseases and illnesses, meet the demands of a growing human population, deal with social problems, wah wah wah wah, wa wah waawawawa wah ah wah wah wah wah, awawaw whwahw awh wah wah wah wah wah wwahhwah wah wha wah awah wah wah,
and create new products that improve our s.exual experiences.

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Jade.I.Am replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Umm....thank you...........

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stuntddude replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Sounds like you'd enjoy living in someplace like a fishing village that has a traditional economy. The benefit of being stuck in your parents' occupation without modern technology is that you get to just sit back and relax for the vast majority of every day.

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Quantum1.0 replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

It may not be not be for everyone, but for me knowledge is my purpose in life. I crave knowledge more than anything else. Sometimes I can't go to sleep thinking about things, trying to figure them out. That's obviously a very personal argument, and may or may not apply to you, but there it is.

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Jubilex replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Pretty much what Breece said. I'm sure there's plenty of knowledge that an individual wouldn't use, but collectively, knowledge is very useful. It helps us advance in the world. Not only that, but currently discovered knowledge can be extremely useful.
For example, in order to be a doctor, I have to know a lot about the body, how it works, disease, etc. If I don't acquire this knowledge, I won't be useful as a doctor. I might not even ever gain enough knowledge to advance any current scientific discoveries, but I will still be useful to society for what I know.
This said, the information I know on the relativity of time is not so much going to be useful to society, because I am not going to pursue this past knowing for the sake of knowing, but it is still useful for me. A foundation of understanding allows me to better understand the world that I live in. I feel more included. And, in learning about one scientific thing, I get better at understanding others. The more you expose yourself to an area of knowledge, the easier it becomes to learn.

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Aug. 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

Because society (at least our society) has figured out that educated populations are more stable.
Plus, someone has to have knowledge in order to invent new and useful technologies- computers, medicine, squeeze mayo (I LOVE THAT STUFF). And the odds of someone developing something new and cool in the near future improve dramatically as the percentage of the population with a good eduacation increases. So maybe you don't want to design airplanes- society doens't know that, and they're going to keep educating the majority of people in the meantime until someone does design a better airplane.
In the meantime, try and take comfort in the knowledge that you're getting smarter and gaining a competitive edge in the job market.

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Jubilex replied...
Aug. 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

It's also important to notice how a lack of knowledge can hinder not only the people with that limitation, but those around them. Take people of low socioeconomic status. They are more likely to be less educated, and more likely to develop lifestyle related diseases. This puts a massive burden on the health system (it does here, I don't know how your system works). As a result, this is detrimental to society as a whole.

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Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

Knowledge makes life better.

There. *

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Jade.I.Am replied...
Aug. 29, 2013 at 9:29 am

I agree with all of the above. Justttttt wondering. ********

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