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The Three Stooges

If Einstein is the poster child for smart people, who’s the archetype for stupid people?

April 14


London , United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland - 14 Apr 2018 - Ghassan Matar

Anyone who knows me knows that I have too much time on my hands. I think too much. That’s always bad, thinking too much. Thinking is bad for you. Remember! Ignorance is bliss I get frustrated when I think too much because I notice all the stupid people around me and stupid people drive me crazy. You expect more from people. You expect them to be smart, or at least to have enough brain cells to pursue self-interest.

Unfortunately, They’re a constant, searing disappointment! I could take it if I only had to deal with the occasional moron, but they’re everywhere! You can’t escape them. So how can you tell if someone is stupid; it’s not hard.

Stupid people share several identifying traits: they are abundant, they are irrational, and they cause problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being. Unfortunately, there are no defences against stupidity. The only way a society can avoid being crushed by the burden of its idiots is if the non-stupid work even harder to offset the losses of their stupid brethren; however, there is a general rule of thumb. No matter how many idiots you suspect yourself surrounded by, you are invariably underestimating the true total.

This problem is compounded by biased assumptions that certain people are intelligent based on superficial factors like their social status, stature, wealth, job, education level, or other traits we believe to be exclusive of stupidity. They aren’t.

This is especially true about our leaders, bankers, our icons and our politician so eloquently demonstrated on a daily basis. Stupidity is a variable that remains constant across all populations. Every category one can imagine—gender, race, nationality, education level, income—possesses a fixed percentage of stupid people.

The west likes to portray itself as superior in intellect and IQ; and they show this by the constant unjustified murder of innocent and defenceless blacks, Asians and Middle Easterners in their wars on terrorism, bringing democracy or human rights. They are also the ones who developed nuclear weapons and unjustifiably used them against a non-nuclear country. The majority of our political leaders are plain dumb if not bordering on the insane.

But some of them stand out more than others. There are stupid people in every nation on earth. How numerous are the stupid amongst us? It’s impossible to say, but most likely the majority of those who parade themselves on television and social media. Stupid people create problems for others without any clear benefit to themselves. We experience stupidity on a daily basis; but do nothing about it.

There are three other phenotypes that co-exist alongside stupidity. First there is the intelligent person, whose actions benefit both himself and others.

Then there is the bandit, who benefits himself at others’ expense. And lastly there is the helpless person, whose actions enrich others at his own expense. The intelligent or non-stupid are a flawed and inconsistent bunch and have become outcasts in our society because the idiots have grabbed all the levers of power.

Sometimes people act intelligently, sometimes they are selfish bandits, sometimes they act helplessly and are taken advantage of by others, and sometimes they are a bit of both. The stupid, in comparison, are paragons of consistency, acting at all times with unyielding idiocy and yet seem to be in demand everywhere. However, consistent stupidity is the only consistent thing about the stupid. This is what makes stupid people so dangerous.

Essentially stupid people are dangerous and damaging because reasonable people find it difficult to imagine and understand unreasonable behaviour. An intelligent person may understand the logic of an idiot. They always follow a pattern of rationality: nasty rationality, if you like, but still rationality.

Stupid people will harass you for no reason, for no advantage, without any plan or scheme and at the most improbable times and places. You have no rational way of telling if and when and how and why the stupid creature attacks. When confronted with a stupid individual you are completely at his mercy. We can do nothing about the stupid.

The difference between societies that collapse under the weight of their stupid leaders and citizens and those who transcend them are the makeup of the non-stupid. Those progressing in spite of their stupid possess a high proportion of people acting intelligently, those who counterbalance the stupid’s losses by bringing about gains for themselves and their fellows.

Declining societies have the same percentage of stupid people as successful ones. But they also have high percentages of helpless people with overtones of stupidity. Such change in the composition of the non-stupid population inevitably strengthens the destructive power of the [stupid] fraction and makes decline a certainty. And you know the thing that really gets me? We have no scale for stupid people.

No measuring stick for stupidity. For smart people, sure. “She’s a genius. He’s a real Einstein.” But what’s the measuring stick for stupid people? I mean who in history really stands out as the pinnacle of stupidity?

If Einstein is the poster child for smart people, who’s the archetype for stupid people?

Well, one has to only watch the events of the past month and we can spot a few of them, however I give first prize to the British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.