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Being Stupid Isn't Easy! Be Prepared! You Could Be Their Next Victim
FRUSTRATION is Deadly!
This is my Rant! So stop here and move on if your skin is thin!
This article is a sarcastic Rant!
But it's something that I just have to put out there; if for no other reason than to clear the Bile from my Mind!.
When I was a kid, I remember my Dad saying; Opinions are worth just about what you pay for them, Son! Now, I know he didn't come up with this homily but he is the one who first put this fact of life into my mind.
And, before you rad any further, my occasional rants are just that, MY OPINION! I have no desire to write something here that you, the reader likes or dislikes. It is a Rant!
So, if you disagree with what I have to say here, or take umbrage at some part of what I say, then I apologize ahead of time and again, turn the page to something more entertaining written by someone more acceptable than myself.
You see, in my opinion, when you are writing something spontaneous like a Rant, you can't be as aware of other's sensibilities the way you can when creating a well thought out article on an important subject.
In this article, I get to rant about a few of the truly stupid things I have seen in my 5-plus years as a Hubber.
If you are not inclined to see this as being totally ME, then please move on, right now!
Perhaps i should use such words or phrases as; Vent my feelings, or Purge myself of my bad feelings, or Just let it out, or some other thing that makes what i am going to write more palatable to my readers.
But, on second thought, NO!
Make no mistake, this is a personal RANT from the heart of DON BOBBITT!
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"— ALbert Einstein
Stupidity rears its head almost predictably.
You see, once, in my more innocent years, I was very complacent and even understanding of those others in our population who, seem to be doing and saying such obviously Stupid things and seemingly not know any better.
Now, decades later, being in my Senior years, and having a lot broader collection of life experiences, realize that there really are a lot of Stupid people in this world of ours.
These are people who actually have something missing in their psyche!
By that I mean, where the normal or average, or healthy human brain might tell a person something is, say dangerous; there are a select few who can look at the same situation and tell themselves, "Oh No, I can do this with no problem!".
When I grew up, my parents, Uncles Aunts and others that I learned from, simply called such people, Stupid.
That was OK to say back then. The world and our society was much simpler then.
But today, I'm sure that right now there is some group or person is just waiting for me to distribute this article about "Stupid" people so they can protest my cruel and inhumane thoughts.
Well, so be it!
It's a Brain - Use It!
Stupid and Smart can coexist.
Again, this is my Rant, and it's about certain STUPID people. So, Names have been eliminated to protect some of the truly Stupid people I have known over the years!
Come on, it's not so bad being Stupid. I know of several people who have survived in this world of ours for decades while being certifiably stupid.
In fact, there are stupid people who are surviving quite well in every walk of life.
There are stupid professors as well as stupid factory workers, and of course stupid Cops, Crooks, Bankers, Salespeople, and more out there. Stupidity knows no genetic bounds as to whom it attacks.
Strangely, for some strange reason, Politics draws more than its share of stupid people. They are everywhere, waiting for an opportunity to exhibit their abject stupidity.
Be Smart, that's easy
Can you be smart and Stupid at the same time? Of course you can. Take for example Doctors, they have to study for years and the strongest skill for a Doctor is the ability to memorize enormous amounts of data.
Doctors must memorize every part of the body, all of the potential diseases and illnesses a person can contract, as well as how to treat them and the drugs that can be used for treatment. And, their ability tor remember all of this often drives life-threatening decisions.
But, Just because a Doctor has such a great memory does not imply that they are omnipotent. In fact, I am walking proof that a Doctor can be smart and Stupid at the same time. twenty years ago, I had a sinus infection, and my family doctor ran tests on me for weeks while putting me on certain drugs.
Long story short, here; He took Urine tests every week, but we found out later that he never read them. "He was too Busy". Me, I was in Kidney failure, and actually had a disease that wiped out my Kidneys and put me in the position of requiring a transplant.
He was to busy! My life changed forever.
So, you can be a very smart, stupid person.
Stupid is not an actual Disease
You can't catch Stupid.
And I have, after years of observation, determined that Stupid is not a disease.
You can't catch it from someone when you kiss them or shake hands with them, or if they cough on you. So, If I have scared you a little by now, relax, you can kiss or shake the hand of a stupid person and not turn permanently Stupid yourself. Unless you are already so inclined.
I know that makes some of you feel a little better.
We can always hope it's a genetic thing, but i seriously doubt it. If stupidity was genetic, there would be hope that we could alter a stupid persons DNA and make them a "cured" stupid person.
Maybe then there would be an SA organization where you get a coin you carry with you, that you can take out and show people how many days it has been since you last did something stupid.
But even that might not work.
I mean think about it, if you gave a stupid person a bottle of pills and they had to take one pill each day to "not be Stupid" can you really count os such a stupid person to actually admit they are stupid and take the darn pill? I think not!
Oh well, so much for DNA modifications or pills for Stupidity.
You'll Get used to him!
I hate People who say: He's a nice person once you get to know him."
They might as well say; "He's a Dickhead, but you'll get used to it."
The Peter Principle at work
You must have noticed that there are so many stupid people who have risen through the rank and file to positions of power around the world. We used to have an explanation for this phenomenon.
It was called "The Peter Principle"
The Peter Principle states that "everyone eventually rises to their own personal level of incompetence."
In other words, regardless of whether you are a factory worker, an Engineer, a Lawyer, a manager in a corporation, or a Politician; whatever; you will doo well in your job and you will be promoted.
In fact at every level of responsibility you accept, if you do well, you will be promoted to a higher level. But, once you reach a level where you are not doing you job well, you will have reached your personal level of incompetence. And, you will stay at this level for the rest of your carer.
That, my friends is the Peter Principle.
And, if you stop and think about some of your coworkers, now and in your past, you can probably come up with your own list of people who had or have responsible jobs but seemed to be really bad at that job, right?
They are examples of the Peter Principle at work.
The Peter Principle explained
Years ago, I heard this principle voiced around me at work when one of our company managers did something stupid. So, when I saw the book, I had to purchase it and read it. This logic is timeless
That's Right! No Conspiracy here!
The Penultimate Stupid people, Politicians
Now on to the Politicians.
Take our politicians, Please! (OK, I couldn't avoid such a famous line.)
Politicians are one of my most entertaining examples of this premise.
You have to admit, most of these people are pretty stupid. At least they seem so, as we consider their actions from our perspective as the voters who put them in office. Right?
We tell them to do something like "Fix the Taxes" as our mandate. They get to Washington and the next thing you see, they are up there, either doing nothing, or they are fighting to save the "guppies" in a pond, in a state on the other side of the country.
We shake our heads and say to our friends, "What is that fool doing?" and the overall response is; "The man is Stupid! You knew that when you voted for him. What did you really expect"
And that's true, we did vote for that politician.
But in our defense, we tell ourselves, we're not Stupid, we only had two choices on the ballot and the other fool was REALLY STUPID!"
Stupid? or Just Lazy?
Attempts to control Stupidity.
Our society has and continues to design things that will save stupid people from their own .... well, stupidity.
In factories, large amounts of money are spent on machines that are designed to stop a stupid person from hurting themselves.
Think about it, if you have walked through a factory you will see numerous example of "stupid people protection devices".
I'm not talking about using Goggles, or protective clothing and such; although having to REQUIRE the use of such tools is a sign in itself.
I'm talking about such extreme things as the stamping or cutting machine that has two buttons on it.
Why two buttons the machine? Well they put two buttons because if the operator happens to have a stupid attack, they still have to use both hands on a button so the machine will operate and not cut off their hands or arms that will invariably be stuck into the machine.
This simple design has save thousands of people from losing a hand in these machines. Why would the operator stick their hand in such a dangerous machine? Only a stupid person would know.
And the laws we pass as a nation, state or town that are designed for stupid people are so numerous as to be absurd; laws such as;
Reduce Speed in Curve -
OK, they put a sign that there is a Curve ahead, so logic would tell you that you should slow down. But Nooooooo, they have to put another sign up that says; Reduce Speed in Curve, and also tell you what the maximum safe speed is in the curve. How stupid are drivers that need such coddling? And a law ends up being passed to protect the government from law suits by these fools.
Do not Cross Track when the Gates are Down -
They put of signs that say; RR Crossing Ahead. Then they put of a universal sign with the symbol of a RR Crossing.
Then, they put flashing lights and long red and white striped arms that drop dow to block traffic when a train crossing is imminent.
And what happens? Stupid people will actually drive around the flashing lights and dropped road blocking arms only to be hit by the oncoming train.
Stupid? I think so! And another law ends up being passed to protect the government from law suits by these fools.
More Stupid examples
I have to stop here. There are so many examples of stupidity in our world that I would end up putting my readers to sleep with them, such as;
- Don't drink and drive. ----- Duh!
- Do Not drink this cleaning chemical. ----- Really?
- Smoking is bad for your Health. ----- How much proof do you need?
- Do Not Enter! Toxic Chemicals stored inside.-------- Wow! Lets look!
- This water is not Drinkable! ----- placed next to an unlocked valve.
- All persons on the Boat must wear LifeJackets. ----- So, how long can you tread water?
- Safety Glasses Required. ----- Really, Is blindness a personal goal the reason you don't wear them?
- Do not override safety restraints? ----- Doing this is like getting a degree in Stupidity.
And, as I said, the list goes on, and on, and on!
ReallY? I Mean, REALLY!
End of Rant ahead!
OK! I got a lot off of my chest here, so I will wrap it up, now.
Here is a little test for you;
- Should you cross a busy street dodging between traffic just because you are late for something?
- If that leaf and limb shredder you rented jams up should reach in with your bare hands to unjam it?
- If you accidentally flip a piece of meat from your frying pan onto the stove top, should you grab it with your bare hand to put it back in the pan?
- Should you buy a pair of shoes that are one size too small, just because you like them, figuring they will stretch and not hurt your feet?
- Should you send your bank account information to an unknown person in Africa who says they have a $2M inheritance for you.
Hopefully you answered NO to all of these questions. Otherwise? ou may need help; professional help!
© 2015 Don Bobbitt