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10 Signs You Are a Hopelessly Ignorant Fool

10 Signs You Are a Hopelessly Ignorant Fool

Independent thinkers are a rarity in our conformist society. If you want to be a more authentic and genuine person, consider these ten signs you are a hopelessly ignorant fool.

1. You think politicians have your best interest at heart.

If you think all of your country’s problems will magically vanish if you elect a new leader or representative, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Politicians have little incentive to care about the people they serve, because the system is built to serve the needs of the most powerful (read: wealthy).

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2. You believe in a religion just because your parents told you to.

If you believe in a God for no other reason than “my parents raised me that way,” then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Faith is a beautiful thing IF it is a personal relationship between a believer and the deity they CHOOSE to believe in. But don’t you think it would be absurd to live your life according to an ancient text without considering its validity?

3. You get all of your news from a single source.

If you only follow a single television station or newspaper, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Journalists and media sources like to boast about being “unbiased,” but every person carries biases based on their life experience that determine how they see the world (and report on it). As a consequence, certain world events are covered extensively at some places, and completely neglected at others. Want to stay informed? Cast a wide net or expect to be deceived.

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4. You couldn’t tell me the last time you read a book.

If you spend all of your free time playing video games or watching TV, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Television requires no thought process, while reading is an active learning experience that will help your mind stay sharp. Click here to discover 11 more reasons to read more books.

5. You can’t have rational conversations with people you disagree with.

If you can’t respect people who see things differently than you do, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Personally, I avoid comment boards surrounding controversial issues, because I get irritated by the ad-hominem attacks and insulting tactics that dominate these conversation. Confident people don’t act this way, because they know an opinion worth having should hold up to scrutiny.

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6. You insult people based on their religion or sexual orientation

If you judge people for their faith or sexual orientation, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Even if you’re a firm believer of a particular religion, do you really think condemning people is a good way to convince them they are wrong? And how do you propose a person could re-wire their brain to feel love and physical attraction for the opposite gender? If you can’t answer those questions, then you have no business judging.

7. You vote strictly based on political party without considering the issues.

If you vote exclusively for Republicans or Democrats without any consideration of a political candidate’s stances on the issues that matter to you, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Political affiliation is a simplistic measure of a person’s qualities. Stop mindlessly conforming to your party affiliation if you want to start being a part of the solution.

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8. You conform to society’s demands without question.

If you follow societal expectations without consideration, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. For example, gender roles are a toxic influence on the personal development of our boys and girls. Real men can cry and women shouldn’t be led to believe they are frail creatures in need of protecting. Teach your children to follow their hearts wherever their intuition might take them, unless you want to suck every ounce of creativity and independence out of them.

9. You don’t know how to function without being around other people.

If you can’t be happy without the company of another, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. It is easier to reflect with silence and solitude. Being around other people all the time will encourage constant conformist behavior, because you will never feel safe to explore thoughts and ideas that would make you feel like you don’t “fit in” with the crowd.

10. You never consider alternative views that don’t fit your worldview.

If you immediately discard ideas that don’t agree with your existing beliefs, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. I consider my ability to admit when I am wrong one of my strong-suits, because this allows me to evolve into a better person. If you’re not willing to swallow bitter pills as required for your personal growth, then you will never be successful.

Featured photo credit: Dumb and Dumber/Insomnia Cured Here via flickr.com

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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