I used to think I was a misanthropist until I met some people from other countries and realized it’s not people I can’t stand but Americans.
We have a choice when we stumble on unfamiliar stimuli, we can choose to investigate what it’s about or not, and that choice itself bears investigation.
But to make a lame joke about the trouble it takes to look up an unfamiliar word does two things: relieves anxiety about not knowing something you think you are “less than” for not knowing, and that’s not my problem. To defend against this feeling of “less than” by devaluing knowledge is my problem since what I do here is work to incite the pursuit of knowledge.
What I saw on that thread was an inadvertent off the cuff devaluation of meaning. No harm intended, my god it was just a joke. See, this makes it worse, because you shared it. The subtext being it’s it’s perfectly glorious to be intellectually lazy, and that’s exactly what gave us six years of a vanity war in which innocent people die everyday.
Anyone who doubts the power of words, their own and others needs to step back and start thinking about discourse.
This isn’t about elitism. Knowledge is free and stupidity a choice. It’s not funny or amusing, it is the American default and won’t be tolerated here.