Stupidity Can Be Helped… or Can It?

There are things that just can’t be helped: shoelaces coming untied while jogging (if you’re like me and don’t do Velcro); bad hair days (for those of us with somewhat longish, wild and untameable hair); bird poop on the windshield of a freshly cleaned car (that’s not even parked beneath a bird hotel disguised as a tree); and picking the slowest moving line to wait in at the retail chain store, behind a sweet little old lady (whose sweetness rapidly diminishes the moment she decides to pay using change she’s stored up in the bottom of her purse since 1967).

Then there are the things that can be helped, but usually aren’t…by stupers (short for undeniably stupid persons): How about thinking and using awareness and not multi-tasking while operating a motor vehicle? Or actually listening to the speaker during a conversation without interrupting to switch to a topic that you find far more interesting and coincidentally is all about you? And standing way too close to a polite listener who keeps inching backwards in a valiant but feeble effort to escape?

Most disorders do have treatments; there are drugs for high blood pressure, relief for the cold and flu and paper bags for panic attacks. Yet all stupidity requires the stuper to do is think before acting or speaking, thereby avoiding making those around them severely irritated. Yet for most stupers, this is about as possible as playing leapfrog in quicksand.

Stupers are one of life’s stuperficial aspects. As the wise Jeffrey Moses states in his wonderful little book, Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions, “when looking at ancient buildings and monuments, we see that decorations and ornaments have vanished. Only foundations and central pillars remain.” And so it is with people. There are occassions in life where we have to draw from our inner strength in an always changing world. We need to look inward to discover and appreciate what we value in life. How can we possibly accomplish this if we are fitted with a functioning mind that we refuse to use?

Life’s tough. It’s even tougher when you’re stupid ~ John Wayne

Think for yourself.


4 Responses to “Stupidity Can Be Helped… or Can It?”

  1. Sarah says:

    Too bad there’s not some kind of a spray for stupers to make them go away, long enough for the rest of us to escape. I could really use something like that!

  2. Suzie says:

    Thank you Kelli, I always enjoy reading your website.
    I learn a lot from your wise comments too.
    We need some kind of electric gadget; before people speak, they should put their finger in it, the gadget will correct them before they say or do the thing they are planning to do or say.

  3. Mad Woman says:

    I like the quote from the book, it’s so true. But so is John Wayne’s quote 🙂

    I think stupid people should not only have to wear a zap collar and a sign but should be given restraining orders that command them to stay more than 50 feet away from me at all times.

    Of course, this means I’d likely never get served in restaurants, stores, gas stations etc. But on the other hand, I’d be remarkably happier.

  4. Elaine says:

    We are surrounded by stupid people and that will never change. Right now I’m trying very hard to draw on my inner strength after an experience with a stuper. But since I’m in a pissy mood from this experience I vote for the star wars (or some such thing) vaporizing zap gun….sorry you’re too stupid to be here, lets move you to the land of stupers and get off my planet.

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