Dear Jonny, What About You?
Judging by your writing you seem like a smart guy. Looking at your pictures you appear to be, by superficial societal standards, a tattooed meat head. Clearly these two personas are at odds, or at least, the stereotypes are. I don’t recall the last time I heard a former bouncer wax philosophic (at least, not in a polysyllabic and sober fashion) nor do I remember a time when I read something insightful and genuine only to find out that the writer was a gigantic tattooed body-building gentleman such as yourself. So, here is my question. What is your level of schooling? What are your thoughts on education? Higher education? And have you ever written (or do you plan on writing) a book? Let me know.
“What is your level of schooling?”
– I have some college education, but due to youthful indiscretions, I was dismissed from the university I attended.
“What are your thoughts on education?”
– I come from an extremely well-educated family (both my parents are teachers with multiple masters degrees and a doctorate), which afforded me constant access to a rich learning environment. That in itself was rewarding, as I learned that information is worthless without a proper teacher (and what better teachers than parents). That said, I firmly believe that in the academic sense, no one can teach you as well as you can teach yourself. Once you achieve a certain level of intellectual proficiency, self-education gives you the opportunity to discover things for yourself, in an unfiltered manner – as opposed to a professor’s interpretation of his former professors’ interpretations of the material in books written by individuals with their own interpretations.
– It depends. Many people with whom I am acquainted have one or more degrees (some of them from quite respectable universities) and little to no intelligence and/or zero inherent understanding of the basic principles of what they studied. They did not go to college to learn. Rather, they guzzled beer for four or more years while chasing a piece of paper that would allow them to make additional [green] pieces of paper. And while that’s certainly understandable in a society that has replaced the hunt for meat with the pursuit of money, it’s important to remember that said circumstances churn out a lot of mindless fucktards with college educations. On the other hand, some very smart people have a genuine desire to learn complicated, interesting material. A university provides many of them with an environment to effectively pursue that goal, which is definitely a positive thing.
“And have you ever written (or do you plan on writing) a book?”
– Yes, I have. It’s a dark, humorous satire of high school in America. I’m trying to get the book illustrated. Also, I’m reworking a book based on my experiences as a bouncer. And it always seems like there are several other projects in the works.