Does anyone know...

In short, my question is:  What is the purpose of a know-it-all's existence? 


But please, allow me to elaborate.


Personally, I enjoy meeting new people -talking to new people, hearing about their life, and learning from their experiences, etc.  Cultures, values and beliefs interest me, and I love hearing how people from all walks of life live.  I feel like that's what life is all about -learning, exploring, experiencing, swapping knowledge, sharing stories, etc.  But there are a few individuals I can think of, one in particular with whom I work side by side with, for forty hours a week (and yes a full forty, because we have to work an extra half hour to make up for our lunch break) who are of the opinion that they know everything about everything.  Everything, everyone, everywhere.


You cannot tell them anything, because "they've heard that before."

You cannot show them anything, because "they've seen that already."

You cannot introduce them to anything or anywhere because "they've been there a million times."


And they must always one-up someone.  For example, you tell them about a restaurant that you went to, and they've been there.  Coincidentally they ordered the same exact food you did, but they didn't care much for it because they can make it better themselves.


Or another example -you express interest in decorating Easter eggs with your kids but they need to tell you that when their children were growing up they bought eggs, an incubator, and actually hatched their own ducks each year for the holiday.


Everything they cook is "the most delicious,"

Everything they own is "the highest quality,"

Everywhere they go is "the greatest," etc. etc. etc.

In speaking to them,

Your stories are constantly interrupted,

You cannot get a word in edge wise,

Your ideas are dismissed,

Your thoughts are disregarded,

Even your questions are interrupted and answered before you finish asking them because naturally, this person already knows what you're going to ask -because they simply know everything. 

Which brings me to my conundrum.


And perhaps I am being narrow minded myself for even asking, as I'm sure not everyone enjoys as much as I do, meeting new people and learning from them.  But none the less, I'd like to know -if you already know everything, if you've already been everywhere and seen everything and done it all, if you've had the best, and seen the best and you yourself are the best, then what's the point?  You've nothing to see, nothing to learn, nothing to experience, nothing to gain - what's the point of your existence?


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Comments (7)

  1. Walkaboutman

    Dam it,lost my reply twice now. Third time lucky i hope.
    Im with you, you stop learning when you think you know it all. Im 51 and have done a lot andcseen alot but am a child in the eyes of the cosmos. Living is a life long learning experience. I love listening to others and seeing where they are at in life,pity others do not extend the same.

    August 09, 2017
    1. just0ne

      “Stop learning” is putting it lightly for this one, I don’t believe she ever began. Sad really, and yes I do pity her, it’s just very difficult to deal with day after dayyy after dayyyyyyyyyyyy. I’m glad you’re a child in the eyes of the cosmos, and may you live a long, long life

      August 16, 2017
  2. stevehayes13

    The point of their existence is to subject you to constant put-downs, apparently.

    August 10, 2017
    1. just0ne

      Lmao yes, exactly. I don’t take it personal, she’s so blatantly ignorant and does it to everyone, it’s just very taxing to deal with on a daily basis. In fact, dealing with it myself is not the hardest part -it’s watching her speak to patients (we work in the medical field) like they are small pieces of shit, that gets me.

      August 16, 2017
  3. noahbody

    I think their know it all, done it all, seen it all attitude comes from a sense of insecurity. They are unsure of their place in the world and so they must always prove themselves better than everyone else.

    August 10, 2017
    1. just0ne

      Yes she’s constantly trying to prove herself, probably to herself, I don’t know who’s approval she’s looking for actually, because if you ask her, everyone already thinks she’s the best, because naturally she is, so what’s to prove? shrugs shoulders

      August 16, 2017
  4. Walkaboutman

    What they dont realise is how much of an ass it makes them.

    August 16, 2017