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Sandfrog asked in Social ScienceSociology · 1 decade ago

Do people thrive on social ignorance?

It seems, the less you talk, the more smart you seem. If you talk more, peoples respect for you diminish unless what you say is very interesting. Socially, if I talk, I talk too much and can often have those "weird" moments. But if I don't talk very much at all with a little body language thrown in, people take this completely different and take an interest to someone. It's just something that's weird and slightly annoying. I personally don't talk much to save myself from embarrassing myself and instead attract people and not know what to do about it. Anyone know what I'm talking about?


WarrenD, great quote.

Update 2:

Ash, I'm very much the same way. I've become more of a listener than anything and people who like to talk alot love that. I enjoy being the listener and just like you explained you learn alot about human nature and what not. When challenged though, I can speak a good point if I feel strongly about it. But for the most part I sit back and learn.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Actually, I've had quite the opposite experience. I am a very shy and quiet person and when I don't talk much people think that there's something wrong with me.

  • 1 decade ago

    People will thrive on anything. But, for the given individual it's dependent on them. You can't judge silence and anyone that tries is an idiot. I'd rather be known for who I am than not being anything. Conversation is about risks. But, if you have valuable knowledge share it.

    You have to read the person and look at how much do they really concern in a subject and give them the ability to respond or give some kind of recognition. People don't want to be overpowered or not be present in a conversation. People do have egos. But, if what you really say entertains them they will let you know.

    I am a quiet person. But, I resent it completely at moments. Your voice is powerful and it represents you as you are. If people don't respect it then why bother with them. That and maybe you need to expand your thought and context to what you are saying.

  • 1 decade ago

    I tend to listen more than I speak. People appreciate a good listener and you can gain much more knowledge by listening and learning from others. Also pay more attention to body language. When you combine these two, you will learn so much more about human nature and you will then have the ability to know what to say and when to say it. When you do decide to speak, keep it short, simple, and relative to the conversation.

    Remember, a silent person conceals his ignorance and appears to be wise.

  • 1 decade ago

    I understand what you mean, my husband has a lot of knowledge on all things and when he talks he talks for a long-winded amount of time. Some people don't really want to sit there and listen to his conversation even when it can save their life. I believe that people do strive on ignorance because throughout all the chaos surrounding the world, people believe anything the media tells them without knowing exactly what's going on.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Of course people thrive on it! We want to give off the impression that we know it all! We are smart, therefore we ARE! They believe that they have all the answers!! And, they sell themselves on that ideal! But, humble is better. Admitting you dont know, which makes you in the eyes of others appear less of a person, because you dont know it all (and they do!). Eventually, I have to believe that people will realize that about how many billion years of living creatures on the earth, none of us have the answers. We are no better off than those who have come before us.

  • 1 decade ago

    People do thrive on ignorance. Sometimes the less we know the better off we are. Look at the government. Do we really know what the government is up to. Do we truly understand the policy's that are being passed and how they effect our daily lives. "ignorance is bliss"(matrix)

  • 1 decade ago

    I've noticed that many people either cannot understand your point of view or don't want to accept another, different point of view. I think instead of ignorance it's really just arrogance.

    Far too many people believe they are right at the expense of hearing other people's points of view. Tolerance is not something people are born with. It's not something often taught to children, either.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well...there sure are a hole lot of ignorant people made every day in this world depends on the definition of "Thrive"

    Warren is correct, easy does it: Good advice that

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not sure who it was who said "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt," but I think it might have been Will Rogers.

    I always think of that whenever I am tempted to volunteer an opinion I am uncertain about.

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