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“Who wants to be a millionaire?”

Are you familiar with that show? It was the one hosted by Regis Philbin. I understand if you don’t remember it. It was just one out of hundreds if not thousands of shows that tested the contestant’s knowledge and understanding of things in the world that could be considered “trivia”. The questions were obscure, vague, frivolous, and irrelevant; they were trivial.

It’s really not surprising as to why “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and shows of the like are and have been widely popular. It is a way for people to channel their knowledge and prowess of things that they enjoy, have come across, or have heard at one time or another in their life. A majority of the time the contestant relied on the trust of chance and luck to get him/her to the next stage or level. Oftentimes the contestant would reach his/her maximum amount of misses and leave the show disappointed as if he/she really thought there was a chance at reaching the final level and winning one million dollars.

Shows like this epitomize culture’s thirst for fast cash, instant gratification, and success earned from exerting as little energy as possible and putting forth as little brain power as possible.

In many minds chance + trivia = success.

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Trivia: “unimportant facts or details”*

Trivial: “not important”*

Scholar: “an intelligent and well-educated person who knows a particular subject very well”*

*Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

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A scholar of trivia is a person who is well informed about something that is unimportant. How useful or logical is that? Not very.

A scholar of trivia is not only related to knowing random bits of unimportant information. Sure, there is a time and place where that information is welcome and perhaps even useful but, for the most part, that dedication to the frivolous is essentially irrelevant.

Many people take that concept and apply it to their lives in a different way. As opposed to being well educated in something unimportant, they live lives that are unimportant. There are people who do enough just to get by. There are people who accept everything thrown their way. There are people who live a life of blind acceptance. They live a life of blatant disregard to something that may actually be of value.

To be a scholar of trivia means to be a person who accepts a life of complacency and conformity. To be a scholar of trivia is to live a life of arrogance. To live in such a way as to believe you have all the information you need or you have the answer to all the questions is purely arrogant. To live in such a way as to neglect a search for something of meaning or value is to be arrogant. To live in such a way as to conform to the status quo or social norm is to be arrogant.

Yes, there are times when acceptance of rules or life styles is important and perhaps necessary but not always.

To be a scholar of trivia is to tell the world that “I am someone who is content with being discontent.”

To be a scholar of trivia is to tell the world that “I am the best I can be and I do not need to seek out other alternatives or changes.”

To be a scholar of trivia is to tell the world that “I am who I am.”

In some respects, those statements can be border-line blasphemous or at least pompous and haughty.

I would rather be a fool of significance than a scholar of trivia.

I would rather live a life in pursuit of something of value and look like a lunatic than live a life in pursuit of something of insignificance and look like a scholar.

Shoot for truth,

-Kyle

 

 

 

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