One of the biggest disappointments in life is when you grow up and realize that adults are much less impressive than you imagined as a child. I used to think that grown-ups know exactly what they were doing, they were smart and capable and knew how to run the world in such a way that we can all benefit and live our best lives.
Boy, was I wrong. Many adults, having finished school, get sucked into routines of work and family, joining the rat race to survive and keep their lives ticking over. Much of what was learned at school is quickly forgotten, and continuing education is replaced by entertainment because well, it requires less effort. The result is a lot of adults that know less about basic math, science and history than your average 12-year-old.
Jimmy Kimmel recently took to the streets to find out what people thought about the current plight of the Homo Sapiens, and whether they (we) as a species really deserve to be saved. You have to take these videos with a pinch of salt because really, who knows the context? They could’ve been out for days, interviewing thousands of people to get these select few, catastrophic fails. Something tells me, however, given the current state of education in America, that this wasn’t quite the case.
Fair enough, if you don’t know, you don’t know. But there’s something about the tendency of people to lie and bluff their way through that is particularly infuriating. These people lack curiosity and are too proud to ask for information, so they simply try to ‘fake it till they make it.’ This prevailing attitude toward knowledge has become dangerously common, and goes some way to explaining why America ranks so low on current intelligence and education tables. Not to mention the ultimate example of a charlatan, who bluffed his way to the very top and was elected as President.
What do you think? Are Homo Sapiens worth saving, or are we really just completely doomed? One of the respondents summed up our predicament with an accidental piece of revealingly insightful commentary: “I don’t know what a homo sapien is. If they’re going extinct, that’s very sad. But at the end of the day, I don’t care.” At she was honest!
Would you prefer more educational and inspiring content on Bored Panda? We all need a little mindless entertainment sometimes, but please, don’t forget to keep learning too! Stay curious, Pandas!