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?
Suggestions? Comments? Questions? Concerns?