Paper Tiger Logic – Three (3) Reasons Why Highly Educated People are actually Stupid!

by: Heero Yuy

Preface: I’m going to rag on Asians, especially Chinese, because I can, it is a suitable stereotype, and because I am Asian and Chinese so I can do it as much as I like. Tough.

Educated people are the worst. According to the Father of Alternating Currents, Nikola Tesla, “Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment.” Erudite individuals often abuse their enlightened minds to persuade others into schemes for which they cannot comprehend in order to exercise confirmation bias to achieving one’s own agenda. These people indeed are the worst. While these individuals may be intelligent, they are exceeding dumb because they are not enlightened but just educated idiots.

Asians, especially Chinese, are some of the dumbest people I know. Forgive them because they know not what they do. Their parents told them stories of stories of people who are better than everyone else because of a lineage of Ancient and Wise philosophers from many Moons ago. If there is a thing of Generational Wealth, then it is safe to say that there is also something called Generational Wisdom. As Asians, we are blessed with Generational Wisdom because there were so many of us and we systematically survived a lot of iterations. Generational Wisdom can make people feel entitled to not DO anything because the previous Generations have done it all. Therefore, all one has to do is sit back and let the crowd of “wise” individuals validate a concept, idea, or person and then simply nod in agreement. (link to Boston.com’s article on pitfalls of crowd-sourcing and bias from online reviews) Baring from fake news, deception, and other charlatan tactics, this might be the most effective way to save one’s effort and outsource thinking to the masses. But what if that weren’t the case at all? What if YOU had to think for once? Uhoh… Get ready, Paper Tigers, because you are in for a wild ride.

Everyone knows that Chinese are supremely Elitist and ostentatious when considered as whole; Ivy League Education, Employee or CEO/President/VP/etc of Major Companies, and iPhone using Louis Vuitton handbag carrying individuals. Asians also encourage their offsprings to think in this way and to disregard anyone who is substandard in comparison to their social caste as people who are “beneath” them are intrinsically a waste of time. By beneath I mean anyone who has:

  1. Lower Education
  2. Lower Networth
  3. Lower Social Status/Rank
  4. Lower Bling Bling (Cars, Yachts, Houses, Jets, Clothes, Materialism, etc)
  5. Lower or non-existent on the Forbes 100 List

Reason#1 – Need for Crowd Validation:

Let’s examine Alibaba’s Jack Ma. No one cares about Jack Ma before his company went IPO as indicated here:

https://www.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=jack%20ma

But now Jack Ma is a household name. Before Jack Ma was successful he was hailed as a failure and now the media worships him like a hero. Quite the change!

When you ask Chinese what they think about Jack Ma before he is the man he is today they would be dismissive, reprehensive, or probably be glued to some Chinese-Drama on XYZ Channel without a care in the world. Now, when Jack Ma makes headlines, Chinese love him without question. Why? Jack was crowd validated and Forbe 100 certified. Without even looking up from their regular dose of Chinese-Drama, the answer, as per Generational Wisdom, is Jack is King. Easy, right? Wrong!

There are in fact hundreds of thousands of Jack Ma’s in the world, all equally hard working if not more so, all using the same if not similar techniques to tackle challenging problems, but only one Jack Ma made it and the rest are not THAT successful in comparison. Chinese glorify the story of the MOST successful while dismissing those of anyone “LESSER.” If the same message was said by Jack Ma and that of Jack Ma clones who didn’t make it, the Chinese will listen to the former and totally dismiss the latter and also remark that the latter is a complete loser and opinion irrelevant until they make something of their lives.

Reason #2: Worship Elitism and Fall to Pettiness:

This sure makes anyone preaching ANYTHING to the Chinese rather difficult under this philosophy of worshiping only the absolute top Elitists. Similarly, if this is applied to their own weaknesses, they would then become defensive and dismissive. Chinese are not particularly good at receiving it as much as they love dishing it out. For instance, one can argue that if the child were not successful then the parents are idiots and the grandparents are idiots as well, ad infinitum. Children who are clever can play this game with their parents and make them feel equally worthless under the Elitist system. If the child is not successful that means the parents could be better, the parents lack the resolve to improve themselves and therefore are not the most fit or Elite parents, and therefore unworthy to parent any kid let alone their own. If that were the case, then the parents need to find ways to hire other Elitist parents who are better than them and fall on their swords to save face because the child is ruined by lackluster environment and resources. No one wants to be told they suck themselves but the Chinese love to tell each other how much others suck. Ever wonder why a race of people never really got anywhere after thousands of years? It’s primarily because of this Generational Wisdom and maintaining this cancerous mentality of pettiness through thousands of years that leaves us with the righteous title of Chinese or Middle-Kingdom’s people or those that will never evolve to higher societies and will always be fending off surrounding Barbarians.

Why am I hating on Chinese so much? It illustrates my point and that the culture of Elitism is very much flawed. Natural learning that was supposed to happen to make people aware of the fact that they need to be more empathetic and sympathetic in understanding of others were silenced in favoring of blindly worshiping Elitists. If Jack Ma told everyone to jump off a cliff tomorrow then a lot of people will without question because it is Jack Ma, man!

Reason #3: Failure to actually be Educated:

Majority of Chinese interpret Education as a means of leveling up individual skills to get an ever higher paycheck in performing a high-skill based job and remaining pacified living a middle-class life. Education is for work only and work is for making a living. Education was supposed to be an enlightening experience to understand life better but many Chinese aren’t affording the luxury of understanding because they are too busy conforming to test taking and climbing the social status ladder. True understanding requires meditation for which is in short supply these days.

After exiting a rather dictatorial rule of Mao post Cultural Revolution, the Chinese mindset is that society and its systems are always right and the Government is absolute. Teachers and coaches have to be obeyed without question because they were appointed into those positions of authority by the Elitists due to their supreme qualifications and the system is supposed to work all the time without error. It’s a shame to have this mindset because the system in fact is flawed by construction and people who put people into positions most of the time do not have any clue what they are doing. That’s why mistakes happen, that’s why life is full of surprises.

It is much easier to have absolute belief and faith in the system without question and much harder to question everything and test ones understanding. Chinese love to do the former and fail often to do the latter. This is why they can be easily pre-suaded to buying dumb shit like Louis Vuitton bags and every edition of the Apple iPhone even though Huawei, Samsung, and LG make better phones at a lower price point and also run on a better platform called Android.

Paper Tigers are horrible creatures because they (1) live off of crowd validation, (2) worship elitism and at the same time fall to pettiness, and (3) lack a true understanding of education to think independently for themselves. Next time when you run into some “smart” Asian that says, “well, the Ancient Asian Philosopher said….” Hit them back with, “Well, what do YOU say?” They will try to cite a bunch of sources and use confirmation bias to bolster their original thesis, wait for this annoying display of “Education” to end, and then repeat once more, “That’s fantastic. Without citing references and quoting others, what do you genuinely feel about this issue or topic?” If you’ve always felt Asians were introverted and calm you will be in for a real treat as you witness full-on Paper Tiger Panic. Enjoy!


11 thoughts on “Paper Tiger Logic – Three (3) Reasons Why Highly Educated People are actually Stupid!

      1. You must check out this article, I’ve submitted my entire train of thought on the Contours of Stories to Harvard Business Review and MIT Technology Review. Whoever accepts first shall get exclusive rights to publish the works. I should say, who ever realizes the significance of this work shall publish it with haste and delight!

        It is no longer known obtusely as 3D Shapes of Stories but now coined as Contour of Stories! (much like a contour map or plot, it brings added dimensional analysis to simple time and fortune analysis)

        https://centralparadise.net/2017/01/15/constructing-a-3d-storyboard-contours-of-stories/

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  1. Heero, it’s interesting to read your cultural views in particular, though elitism most certainly exists in the US and elsewhere. And it exists among the academics as well as elsewhere, though if you’re in grad school, for example, I’m sure it’s a heightened observation.
    One of my pet peeves is people using others to their own ends, oblivious to that fact, wash, rinse, repeat. No awareness of it whasoever, and should one of us point it out, we then become the enemy.
    None of us is entitled to a bloody thing, nobody is that special. At least that’s how I view life. We are coming into a time when we need to pull together to solve the planetary crises that are only escalating as a result of this old hierarchical mindset. It will take a concerted effort, and the only way it can be achieved is with an eye toward the common good. The elitists are in their death throes right now – one need only check on the world stage to observe this to be true. Aloha.

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  2. Belas,

    I was in academia and did okay. As a matter of fact, I did so okay that I am the most well read author at my school. No citations though because my work is primarily downloaded by industry and therefore I will never get properly referenced to attain a higher impact factor.

    So here is a paradox. I wrote a work that is widely used and applied which means I am significant and yet academia, which is to serve the advancement of Science and its applications, cannot properly account for my impact in my field because others in academia fail to realize the importance of the work and expand upon it or worse yet lack the intellectual rigor to do so. But my work has already made an impact in the real world. While these acadmic elites can entertain themselves at dinner parties and peer-review each other into fame, those who did and do real work have already moved on into a place called reality.

    Such is life and I quit that life long ago. Academia is the foundation of elitism and now that has spread to all other facets of life like social media.

    We can’t escape their game anymore, they’ve made it very clear of that, and we can only hope to be left alone behind our glowing screens and keyboards long enough to find sanity so we can plug back into a 9-5. 😛 Fun, right?

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    1. I suppose there is a lesson in this somewhere. Maybe it has to do with you knowing the value of your own work – and that being enough. I’m sure looking back at this time in your life from 10 years’ distance will make you see the blessing in what appeared at the time to be a curse. At least that’s how I’ve noticed life works, anyway.

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      1. I was surprised at my popularity but I never strived to be popular; lots of fame was a consequence and not the goal of my work.

        The greatest discovery in Siddhartha is that “life is the River.”

        I’m just here enjoying the process. 🙂

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