The friends I have seem to be either those who try to impress me with their knowledge or those that I am impressed by what they really do know. Like most people, I know some really intelligent people and those that aren’t quite as smart as they perceive themselves to be.
When I was selling sports memorabilia on Ebay and at sports conventions, I was amazed at some of the statistics some of these people could recite and the vast knowledge of sports they had. They were walking encyclopedias.
I’ve also heard others that knew almost nothing about anything important try to convince themselves, and others, that they’re worldly and smart. They want to be considered experts, but they are little more than pretenders that aren’t willing to educate themselves. Sad. Very sad.
This post was inspired by a text I received, recently. The text just mentioned that she had seen a blip on Facebook about the “medicinal effect of hugs.” Nothing earth shattering, but it’s her way of seeing if I’m available to text for a bit.
I responded that I always knew she was knowledgeable and this was just another piece of wisdom she was sharing with me.
She sent me a text a short time later saying that she had just finished reading an article about the Gaza conflict involving the Hamas and Israel. She mentioned that she normally leaves a comment on these types of articles. Then she proceeded to give me her opinion on the conflict, along with some added information. To say I was a bit shocked at her knowledge of this subject would be a gross understatement.
I really thought I knew what kinds of subjects she had an interest in, but this was more than just opening another door to her expanding knowledge and personality. This was like swimming in her pool of knowledge and finding out that it’s attached to an ocean that you never knew existed.
I first was introduced to her as a wild, brainy woman, but that’s only the swimming pool.
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