What BORES you? Be honest...

This is an easy one to answer, at least for me.

Anything that isn't intellectually stimulating tends to bore me, with exception to comedy movies and animals.

Talk to me about the presidential election and I'm fully engaged. Talk to me about your neighbor's boss's husband's new lawnmower, and you'll have me zoning out in no time.

Whether you call it small talk or chit chat, it's anathema to people like me with a perpetual thirst for knowledge. I often find greater company in a book or documentary. At least those things teach you something. What comes out of most people's mouths nowadays is mostly nonsense, or empty talk.

I know that small talk is the name of the game in Corporate America, and one has no choice but to play along if they wish to keep their job. I do so rather grudgingly.

So what am I trying to say?  That with exception to certain individuals, I find the vast majority of people I come across to be, well, boring.

As I've stated in prior posts, I think society is going backwards intellectually. Most people don't know who's running for President, let alone their positions on the key issues that matter most to the American people. I think a variety of factors are to blame, from people's short attention spans to reality TV.

Many people might ask, "Why pick up a book when you can watch The Kardashians?"

I think the great intellectuals of yesteryear -- from Albert Einstein to Thomas Jefferson -- would be turning in their graves if they saw how superficial and intellectually bankrupt our society has become.

Sadly, there's still a stigma associated with being smart and nerdy. But why?

For the same reason that people ostracize virgins and people who don't drink: they're different, and that makes others uncomfortable.

I'm here to say that I'm proud to be a bookworm. I'm proud to consider reading and writing my favorite hobbies, even if it makes me unconventional.

I can feign interest in small talk, but deep down it makes me feel as if I'm decaying intellectually.

What about you?  What bores you to no end?

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