how i became stupid

a book written by french author Martin Page. here's the blurb so you don't have to go and read the whole thing;
A twenty-five-year-old Aramaic scholar, Antoine has had it with being brilliant and deeply self-aware in today's culture. So tortured is he by the depth of his perception and understanding of himself and the world around him that he vows to denounce his intelligence by any means necessary in order to become stupid enough to be a happy, functioning member of society. What follows is a dark and hilarious odyssey as Antoine tries everything from alcoholism to stock-trading in order to lighten the burden of his brain on his soul.

i can really relate to this book (not because i'm remarkably intelligent and nowhere near in fact) but because ignorance really is bliss: the more knowledge we have, the more we become slaves to our own thoughts. i once heard that we can either be our biggest enemy or best friend. every now and then i'm reminded of this and it really helps to change my way of thinking. you can beat yourself up over everything, knock yourself down and constantly degrade yourself but you won't get anywhere. however if you respect yourself, confront your flaws, embrace and acknowledge them and maybe change them, doing so will improve every aspect of your life. and if not then at least when someone else points out your flaw you won't be so offended. so try not to become a prisoner of you.

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