Stupidity On A Road To Nowhere
“To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.”
“Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood – we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.
I was asked a great question the other day by one of my Twitter followers.
“Am I noticing stupidity more as I get older or is [it] becoming more common?”
I thought about that for moment because I don’t think I’m all that more aware these days than I was twenty years ago. I may be a little more experienced but I’m also a little more absent-minded. Consequently, it seems to me that it isn’t that I’ve become more astute at spotting stupidity as I grow older; it’s just so prevalent these days that you’d have to be – well – stupid, not to notice it.
There is so much of stupidity around that it is literally breath taking.
Someone posted a comment on Facebook criticizing the mainstream media for showing sympathy for the two high school football players in the Steubenville rape but none for the victim. I tend to agree with him. I find it disgraceful that the victim, in cases like this, is too often victimized a second time by the courts, the media and the public.
The following day, however, he posted a second comment about a British tourist who was raped in India. He criticized her for being so stupid as to think she could cycle across India without getting hurt and blamed her for putting herself in a position where she could be attacked.
He failed to see that there is no difference between blaming a rape victim for dressing provocatively with blaming her for going on a cycling tour. The irony of his contradictory opinions was completely lost on him.
How does someone reconcile the contradiction in their own mind? Or perhaps they don’t. Perhaps they live in that mindless state that has become the biggest part of social media these days.
“I tweet, therefore I am.”
I’ve read countless tweets and posts comparing Barack Obama to the actor who plays Satan in the TV series, The Bible, to the point where some tweeted that the similarity in appearance is not coincidental and that the President is actually the Anti-Christ. I suppose when you base your values on a television show at some point you begin to believe that Jerry Springer is an intellectual.
I happen to think that President Obama is a terrible president. He is glib, unfocused and totally out of touch with the real issues. I base that opinion on his inability to unify his nation, his inconsistent foreign policy and his terrible economic record – but – I don’t think he’s the Anti-Christ, I just don’t think he’s a very good president.
We have always had stupid people around. I went to school with a few and bumped into more than my share during my career but, my friends, we are up to our proverbial asses in stupidity these days. It’s everywhere.
As difficult as it is for you to believe, I’ve even done some stupid things myself like the time I tried to fix a television without unplugging it. I didn’t know anything about fixing televisions and didn’t fix it but it wasn’t a complete lost cause. I did learn that a Phillips screwdriver can fly more than twenty feet through the air and embed itself in the dining room wall when you have 110 volts course through your arm.
It seems that we have more than our share of folks these days who act like they’ve had electroshock.
The arguments about tax fairness and the environment have become so absurd that I refuse to participate anymore. People sling mindless opinion around like it had deep and profound meaning. Facts are ignored, contradictory facts are not discussed intelligently; whatever contradicts the firmly held belief is simply discarded and avoided.
You can’t have an informed discussion with people like that let alone a civil discussion. All too quickly it degenerates into name calling and personal attacks.
I had the gall to write about the President’s poor economic record during last fall’s election campaign and was immediately labeled a racist by people who only voted for him because of his race. These are people so stupid that they fail to see the racism in their own position.
For these folks, it isn’t considered greed to take more money from people but it is greed to want to keep more of the money you actually earned. In France, the courts have struck down President Hollande’s attempt to tax anyone earning $1 million or more at a 75% tax rate. They struck it down because they recognized and stated that it is unfair.
Undeterred, President Hollande will now tax companies 75% on every salary they pay over $1 million. Fairness is irrelevant to the President of France and to all those who continue to demand that someone else finance their entitlements.
Unions have shut down companies rather than take rollbacks on wages based on the premise that it is better for their members to have no jobs than to have a job but make less than they were earning. The union leadership doesn’t lose its jobs, only the membership who continue to blindly support the very actions and opinions that undermine their employment security.
PETA kills 85% of the animals it ‘resucues’ in the bizarre belief that it is more ethical for an animal to die than to live a life where it is unloved.
The level of stupidity around us these days is awe inspiring.
The Premier of British Columbia has come out attacking the province’s Auditor General for revealing that her much vaunted plan to make the province carbon-neutral by 2010 has been an abject failure in much the same way that her jobs plan generated negative job growth. Rather than learn from the report, she has attacked the Auditor General; accusing him of not understanding the complexities of the program.
Whatever complexity their may be, it is only the politicians that are baffled by it.
In Quebec, French-speaking citizens are just waking up to the fact that when the rights of some are easily taken away, those same rights can just as easily be taken from them. The government of Premier Marois has stripped away the right of French students of military families to attend English schools which not only underscores how little regard this gang of elitist fanatics have for the rights of all citizens of the province but how poor is their understanding of the realities of the modern world.
Imagine the backwater life they are condemning their own young people to by denying them the opportunity to learn more than one language. Nonetheless, many blindly follow the PQ agenda without bothering to think of where it is leading them or what it will take from the lives they currently have.
And all the while, it never occurs to them that the language restriction laws directed at the English are actually predicated on a lack of trust in French-speaking citizens to be able to protect and preserve their language and culture without being overly regulated by narrow-minded, threatened bigots.
Nobody has demonstrated less understanding of the real world than Green Party leader Elizabeth May who accused Prime Minister Harper of turning Canada into an environmental North Korea because the Canadian government has pulled out of the United Nations’ convention on drought prevention in Africa.
“So upset Harper pulled us out of another global [environment] treaty. He’s making us a rogue nation. The North Korea of environmental law.”
Ms May is always calling for more civility in politics and less name calling. One would have thought that a former Anglican priest would have had a better understanding of the meaning of the word hypocrite.
We’re talking about $350,000 of which less than 20% actually goes into program spending. So basically Ms May thinks that Canada will be responsible for failing to fight drought in Africa because of $70,000.
The Canadian government has labeled the program a “talk fest” and there is more than just some truth to that.
The original agreement was signed and ratified in 1994 and with great pride; the UN announced that next month in Bonn, Germany it would announce plans to
“carry out the first ever comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of desertification, land degradation and drought. . . Also, for the very first time, governments will provide concrete data on the status of poverty and of land cover in the areas affected by desertification in their countries.”
If Ms May really cared about the environment and about drought relief she would be siding with common sense rather than continuing to support the ongoing failures of organizations, like the UN, that are long on sanctimony but short on delivery.
It is an organization that has some of the worst offenders of human rights sitting on its Committee For Human Rights, was responsible for ordering its peace keepers to stand by and do nothing as more than 100,000 Rwandans were slaughtered in front of them and which, apparently, is now just getting around to dealing with drought in Africa after 18 years of discussion and financial contributions from 194 countries, including Canada.
It’s small wonder we accomplish so little any more.
Nobody is ever wrong except the person at whom we’re pointing our fingers and we point our fingers only at those who disagree with us. Facts are irrelevant – opinion is all that matters and quite frankly, most of that opinion is increasingly becoming absurd.
We reward mediocrity today. A president is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize without having accomplished much other than being the first black president and especially without having accomplished peace.
We elevate the vacuous like Justin Trudeau while all but ignoring people of substance like Marc Garneau. How some people think isn’t scary – it’s that they can vote that’s scary
We stand on expediency rather than principle, encouraging our governments to give us more entitlements paid for with borrowed money and when the bill comes due, support taking more money from others to pay it.
We wallow in information rather than knowledge forming opinions based on the opinions of others rather than on universal truths and upon fact.
It doesn’t matter the issue; it doesn’t matter the nation – we are becoming stupid, intolerant societies unable to address even the simplest issues with continuity and decisiveness or to even discuss and debate them civilly.
We refuse to permit a reasoned discussion of abortion even as there is an alarming increase in the number of abortions being performed based solely on gender selection and unregulated abortion has now escalated to “aborting” newborns born-alive.
We flood Facebook and Twitter with quotes by Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and others who spoke from a profound spirituality and character based on principles and ethics while mocking and criticizing others for living their faith and holding true to their principles.
Our leaders are cowards in the face of controversy. They are weak and we are weaker for blindly following them.
Our political systems have been hijacked by consultants, political parties and strategists. Activists, unions and special interest have seized control of our national agendas virtually grinding development and growth to a halt. Technology has been overrun by geeks who continuously update existing software or creating more apps for our toys rather than the development of new, innovative breakthrough technologies.
We have become gullible, naïve, uniformed, prejudiced, arrogant, intolerant, impatient, racist, rude, self-absorbed and beyond stupid. We are going mad. It is a form of collective madness. It is a long road that leads nowhere but that is the road we’ve chosen.
We are sheep with guns when we should be wolves who don’t need them to be strong; thoughtless when we have been given the capability of profound thought. We are divided by empty opinion when we should be united by known fact. We are shallow societies filled with shallow thinking and angry rhetoric that has accomplished, and which continues to accomplish. nothing.
And the absurdity is that if we were asked to sit down and develop a society from scratch; I promise you that very few of us would build the one we have now – no matter in which society we currently live.
The real stupidity is that we have been here before.
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest [we] become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.” -Cicero, 55 BC
The Roman Empire collapsed under the weight of its own excesses and the stupidity of the society it had become. It appears that in more than 2,000 years, we have learned nothing beyond how to manufacture softer toilet paper and invent new tech toys.
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