Slipping In and Out of Stupidity

Some of us thinkers, despite valiant efforts to the contrary, may periodically slip into temporary states of stupidity. Inadvertent stupidity, one might call it, where we may say and do things that could immediately demote us to stuper (short, once more, for a dreadfully stupid person) status. Even me. Mind you, such bouts are increasingly rare for me, thanks to my herculean efforts to remain perpetually aware of all my actions and words.

If any of my dear readers should find themselves the accidental perpetrator of an inane word or deed, I can assure and reassure you that there is help. Here are a few simple tips for lifting yourself out of a stuper funk:

  • Apologize without hesitation for your guffaw. This creates unhesitating sympathy in your victim, making it clear to all that you are not a repeat offender since you caught yourself, if not on time, at least quickly thereafter and tried to make amends.
  • If it’s too late for apologies (meaning you left the scene of your idiocy and afterward realized you behaved like an imbecile), befriend an intelligent person. Study after study shows the company we keep impacts us greatly. If you hang out with a smart crowd, one whose members continuously use their minds in a positive fashion, some of it’s likely to rub off on you.
  • Take thinking up as a hobby. If you treat thinking as a hobby, like knitting or turning PCs into miniature greenhouses to better understand global warming, you can gradually expand thinking time so that it overtakes all else and soon is so ingrained that it becomes a natural occurrence. Second nature, if you will, which is as it should be. Stupidity will cease to exist for you.

  • If you missed out on making the world a better place by behaving stupidly, worry not. Transcend your dumb deed or words by doing good for some one else, thereby continuing to improve the human condition and making up for your idiocy. It’s a balancing act of sorts.

In this way, bona fide thinkers may continue with their mission of ridding the world of stupers (or at least ignoring them).

Just think.


5 Responses to “Slipping In and Out of Stupidity”

  1. MC says:

    I like the idea of taking thinking up as a hobby. I’m going to start with thirty minutes everyday and see what happens. I’ll let you know.

  2. Julianne says:

    Great advice. I guess I need to befriend an intelligent person. Know any in the East Tennessee area?

  3. Ferd says:

    I’m thinking as hard and as fast as I can, Keli, but I don’t think I’m ridding the world of any stupers. I think they’re gaining on us! : (

    I remember learning about dysgenics: the idea of retrogressive evolution due to the disproportionate reproduction of the genetically disadvantaged. That idea scares me. So I’m thinking, we thinkers should be having more sex, yes?

    Happy New Year, Keli!!!
    : )

  4. Keli says:

    I can’t wait to hear of your progress!
    Try West Tennessee. I hear there are a few roaming about in that vicinity. Or perhaps you might try a penpal?
    Don’t try too hard, my friend. Stay calm and relaxed (something stupers are unable to do)
    Retrogressive evolution does explain a lot, doesn’t it? If you think more sex is the answer, by all means go for it!

  5. Jenny says:

    Excellent! All I would add is, we should remember to ask God for His forgiveness when we have offended Him with our behavior and/or speech (or even our thought processes). One of the most wonderful promises in the Bible is this: His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. God bless you, my friend!

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