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Monday, September 13, 2010

A SATISFIED PIG OR AN UNSATISFIED HUMAN BEING???



Ha. Long time no see on this blog, I have exactly one more hour till my next class so I have to make this a fast post. Omo the songs on the music player for this blog puts one exactly in the right mood for blogging. 
I and my professor where having a really good discussion after class the other day because he had asked everybody in the class whether they would rather be a "satisfied pig" or an "unsatisfied human being".Naturally, everybody in the class said "Unsatisfied human being" and that answer really jolted me because it got me thinking rapidly. After class I decided to talk about the issue with my professor, I and this professor always have good conversations. He understands my perspectives on issues and we usually share the same sentiments. 


I asked the professor whether it did not strike him as amusing that everybody in the class preferred to live their lives as "unsatisfied human beings" than as "satisfied pigs". Most people chose the former instead of the latter because nobody wants to be compared to a pig, but in reality most of us including myself live our lives as satisfied pigs. Incase some of you do not understand what I am talking about, Socrates once said "the unexamined life is not worth living" so the life of a satisfied pig is a life that has not been thoroughly examined, the life of an unsatisfied human being is one that has been examined and reexamined almost daily. 


My professor gave an example in which he reminded me that in a previous class I had taken with him, we all admitted that ignorance is bliss but yet all of us where in school to gain knowledge. In that class, he had asked us to think back to a time when we were "MOST HAPPY" and most of us referred to our childhood as a time when were at peace with the world, with no responsibilities etc. He then pointed out to me that most people preferred to remain as children, ignorant but still in bliss. I then made a point to him about how most people always say "life is to short, to be anything other than happy" and how that always struck me as funny. Because your happiness can stem from you living in ignorance, so would you be satisfied if you knew you were happy because you were ignorant or would you strive to gain knowledge, knowledge that would potentially make you less happy. 


The whole gist of the matter for me was that, most people preferred to live their lives as an unsatisfied human being rather than a satisfied pig. But in reality, most of us live our lives as satisfied pigs. We do not ponder, we do not investigate, we do not care to know about how kids in china are toiling day and night to make our precious Jordans etc. 


LOl "How you Remind me" by Nickelback just came on. That song always speaks to me mehn. 


AZAZEL


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9 comments:

blogoratti said...

Food for thought...

jobsfornaija said...

nickel back, how u remind me! that song dealt with me!

Azazel said...

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Azazel said...

Yup Blogoratti..
Food for thought..

Yup @ jobsfornaija

Realist said...

i rather be a satisfied pig... But unfortunately i have been cursed with an inquisitive mind...

Onose said...

interesting question...i couldnt decided tho... ur right about the kids in china/jordan thing...

leggy said...

id still rather be an unsatisfied human being regardless.

Myne Whitman said...

human being passing...

The Messiah said...

Ironically, the author didn't pick a side. Anyways, mine is simple; unsatisfied human being. Hell, I am one right now, and so are 7 billion people around the world. Abraham Maslow, one of my favorite psychologists claimed that we humans "are wanting creatures." As long as we are alive, we will always want something. At the realistic side of the coin, you never get what you want, so what does that make you, an unsatisfied human being. It is our unsatisfaction that makes us inventors, innovators, revolutionaries, and great thinkers. Our unsatisfaction drives us to greatness, satisfaction, on the other side, makes us as useless, un-inventive, and as good as dead. So I def see the perspective of the students in your class.