Lesser evils and greater goods, the triage of stupidity
It could be worse. It's not as bad as it used to be. It's better than I expected. It's a hundred year event, it won't happen again. It was just an accident. Those people are like that and they'll never change.
My mother has told me for forty years,"You can't do anything to change
people. That's just the way it is."
Hmm. If that's the way she felt, then why did she discipline
me when I was young and why did she send me to school?
Of course, her fortitude in action is questionable because when
I try to explain something to her she is always going, "Huh? Why?
I don't understand anything about that."
When I try to simplifiy the explanation, she says, "I'm not stupid,
you don't have to talk to me like that."
So I go up a level and then she says, "Why are you showing off
using all those technical terms. Why can't you just say what
At which point I just start making stuff up to see if she
will catch on.
Which gets boring because she usually doesn't.
I mean, my father's a pain in the butt for various reasons,
but he usually uses more than one gear in his brain.
It was my experience when I worked on VWs in order to have
something to drive that if you didn't pay attention to the
entire vehicle, then you really didn't deserve to drive it.
It has also been my experience that people who don't work
on their own vehicles use them like toilets. They sit on them,
do their business, and then get up and walk away without
any thought of why it works or how much they depend upon the
people who do.
If you do a word search on H2G2 and enter the word "stupidity"
you will find that I apparently use the word in titles
and essays more than anyone else.
I don't know if this is a cultural thing or a mental problem.
I have done a lot of stupid things. I try to reduce the number
I have experienced a lot of stupid actions from other people.
Not much I can do about reducing that short of starting my
own country and having the border patrol filter out the stupid.
But stupidity is not just a silly human trait, it is actually
an ideology, a way of life. It has it's own culture. It has a history,
a science, even a music.
All it needs is it's own flag.
Or it's own boundaries.
The cure for stupidity, if I might dream so big,
is not IQ tests, because some of those are very stupid,
but letting people do what they do best, and not asking them
to do things that they are not qualified for.
Stupidity thrives best in an environment of mediocrity.
Which means that it would be a good idea to turn off the
telly and ignore the papers.