Originally Posted by You in that one thread with that one snowflake guy
I think you gain the right to say you're smarter than the average American if some of the following things are true:
Let's see if I can do this.
You can name the three branches of government and explain their basic function
Yes, I can do that. But doesn't every American know about our checks and balances?
You have a reasonable understanding of the bill of rights
That's something I have to brush up on every once in a while. I mean, you don't expect me to list ten things at the drop of a hat, do you?
You are bilingual
Yes. I know Spanish. And I learned it the hard way: by living the culture.
I've forgotten a ton of it though since I no longer speak it with anyone.
You graduated from a decent university with a real degree; not a religious/theological degree.
Nope. Sorry, I'm down on my luck with this one. Don't have anything past a high school diploma.
You get your news from an alternative news source
To tell you the truth, I'll get my news from wherever. I'm not biased. I'm not a big fan of the news though because it depresses me a lot.
You recognize and have read at least 5 of these books: 100 Best Novels « Modern Library
I recognized Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Catch 22, and Brave New World. Don't know if War and Peace, Grapes of Wrath, or The Once and Future King were on those lists. But they should! Though of all of the books I listed, I've only read through Brave New World and The Once and Future King. Only partially reading Lord of the Flies (though I know all about it).
Doesn't help that my ADHD is more rampant these days and I have difficulties with reading now.
You accept the idea of evolution and, more importantly, can comprehend the validity of scientific evidence.
but what really makes having a conversation frustrating are people who refuse to contribute to the discussion as a whole or acknowledge points on which they are wrong I think they're wrong because I have my own point of view.