The Sixth Sense and Stupidity

Most of us thinking, breathing humans have five senses. Stupers (short for militantly stupid persons) however, carry around a sixth sense that the rest of us lack. Don’t worry; you’ll be glad you’re missing this one.

Husband (H) drove on a busy highway; a highway that conjures up a warm, special, holiday pudding type of feeling in the hearts of all Caltrans workers, as this stretch of the road has been under construction for over a decade. H’s was the third vehicle in a line of cars traveling around the speed limit of 65 mph.

A sign appeared on one side of the highway, warning, “Flagger ahead.”

A Caltrans worker, sporting the usual trendy (in the highway worker fashion industry) nylon, orange vest, stood down the road, on the side, head slightly tilted, mouth somewhat ajar, arms folded across his burly chest, staring off into the distant horizon, daydreaming undoubtedly of beers and bubble baths (I’ve heard this ale and soap suds combo is big with 4 out of 9 Caltrans workers).

Suddenly, as the lead car in front of H approached, the worker sprang to life. He ran out into the middle of the highway, frantically waving a stop sign above his empty, helmet clad head. The lead vehicle slammed on the brakes, tires screeching, swerving into the opposing lane, which fortunately was empty. The second car skidded, and H, swearing loudly, as he is wont to do in such situations, nearly spun out. The vehicle behind H maneuvered into the shoulder to avoid rear-ending H, barely missing the frantic worker, who scrambled to avoid the oncoming cars. Needless to say, the idiot worker had to deal with several irate drivers.

As ably demonstrated above, stupidity is hazardous. It causes irritation, annoyance, frustration and can even trigger aggression on the part of the receiver(s). In fact, stupidity specialists (namely myself) are now wringing their hands over the huge caseload of untreatable, highly resistant stupidity. Why resistant? Because we have just learned the cause of stupidity stems from an innate sixth sense, highly tuned in stupers. What is this sense? Nonsense.

Nonsense is accelerating in all settings, directly compromising our outcomes. “Directly compromising” is euphemistic. What it really means is that we will eventually lose our minds if we don’t do something. Again, violence is not the answer unless one is particularly attracted to rooms with bars (not the kind with shot glasses and olives, but the decorative, practical, steel enforced variety) and license plate making.

Every person is responsible for making a better world by planting the seeds of patience and harmony deeply in the human heart. Eventually, these seeds will blossom, bringing benefit to all. The authentic, intelligent human is the one who knows how to face challenges with sympathy and understanding. The mark of a great person lies in how he/she faces daily irritations. We owe it to humankind to exercise safety and thought in all of our undertakings. Yes, the Caltrans worker behaved idiotically, but wouldn’t it be better to focus on the fact that besides severe wear and tear on the brakes of the approaching cars, no one was hurt? A grateful heart offsets the ill effects of an encounter with stupidity and helps us to maintain proper perspective and peace of mind.

Try thinking.


8 Responses to “The Sixth Sense and Stupidity”

  1. omawarisan says:

    Glad the H is ok!

    Thank you for the encouragement and guidance. It does take a genuine effort to keep stupidity from begetting stupidity.


  2. Rebecca says:

    Oh I loathe those CalTrans workers! They never seem to be paying attention. I’m surprised more of them don’t get run over by irate drivers. Thanks for the good advice!

  3. Suzie says:

    I am glad nobody was hurt.
    Was it nap time by any chance?
    Maybe it is not their fault, the sun & heat melts their brains.

  4. lena says:

    good, that no one was hurt. but your post is also a good message to everyone around. Though i guess, once stupid, always stupid..

  5. Ferd says:

    Wow! This was a two-fer for me:

    “The mark of a great person lies in how he/she faces daily irritations.”
    “A grateful heart offsets the ill effects of an encounter with stupidity and helps us to maintain proper perspective and peace of mind.”

    I think you’re an angel, Keli. A real one.

  6. MC says:

    Too bad they didn’t beat him to a pulp. That would teach him to daydream during working hours.

  7. Elaine says:

    I don’t want to say too much about the Caltrans worker, who knows why he behaved so idiotically. Didn’t they lose 3 days of pay a month due to the CA budget crisis? From what I’ve read the furlough will continue which amounts to around 15% pay cut. That’s pretty hefty on a person who does not make much to begin with. However, it does not justify doing something stupid like that and endangering the lives of others.

    I’ll take this with me 🙂

    The mark of a great person lies in how he/she faces daily irritations.

    Thanks Keli 🙂

  8. H says:

    Luckily his stupidity did not lead to any harm to others! I’d like to share a quote a friend of mine always shares regarding senses and, I guess, stupers: “Common sense is the least common of all sense.” I’m sure this is the ying to the yang of nonsense.

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