you are not a great mind

November 26th, 2005

Oh how some people like to pat themselves on the back. "You know what, we should get gas before we leave, that way we can go far without thinking about refilling." "I was just thinking the same." "Great minds think alike." Classic example of where that phrase is violently abused and insults in the gravest manner people who actually have great minds. Just because you happened to have some dumb idea and someone else did too does make that one thing: a coincidence. Perhaps in some cases even less than a coincidence. Great minds think alike? Perhaps, I'm not one to dispute that but it has nothing at all to do with you and me.

If you have to use a self gratifying phrase, try "fools seldom differ". It's a bit silly but at least it doesn't offend anyone. Dismissed.

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4 Responses to "you are not a great mind"

  1. erik says:

    How long did you have to think about the gas example?

  2. numerodix says:

    About 40 seconds, at first I was writing something completely that's completely unusual and then it dawned on me to use the gas thing cause people relate easily.

  3. John/mikhail says:

    http://www.juventuz.com/for...
    :D

    I've used the expression "great minds..." on occasion, but ususally with at least a hint of irony. I think it's often used like that. The people who use it seriously are idiots. We can do nothing about idiots.

    I love the traditional smilie list BTW.

  4. numerodix says:

    Oh believe me, my frustration builds on too many encounters with people who say it seriously.

    Yes, damn Marty for changing them, nothing beats the old ones!