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Stupidity, Wise Sayings and Environmenal Pollutants

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Most of my dear readers are familiar with at least a few famous quotes, adages, proverbs and all around pieces of everyday wisdom generally attributed to philosophers, scientists, statesman and old wives. But how many of you realize the wretched source of oh-so-many of these sayings? That’s right. Stupers (short, yet again, for detrimentally stupid persons).

Murphy of Murphy’s Law fame coined, If anything can go wrong, it will, thanks to an idiot engineer whose faulty wiring caused an accident in Murphy’s air force project.

Good fences make good neighbors came about when a stuper neighbor got on Robert Frost’s last, already rapidly fraying nerve, forcing him to erect a semi-permanent stone barrier to keep the neighbor and his ilk out and then trudge home and pen a poem about it.

Two heads are better than one emanated from a thinker who realized that the chances that one of those heads will be empty were a whole lot higher than ever finding the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s last resting place.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. A closed mouth catches no flies. Every time he opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it. Yes, a stuper seeped under the skin of the originator of each of these sayings.

A connection to an intelligent person can be akin to a transcendental experience. But the sad truth is that being an active member of society does not require mental or emotional intelligence, thoughtfulness, consideration for others or a fabulous wardrobe.

It grieves me to know that there is an environmental pollutant that is grossly overlooked by all and far more hazardous than global warming. Forget CO2 emissions, Brittney Spears’ perfume or oil spills. The biggest environmental pollutant is stupidity. And there currently exist no regulations regarding the restriction of idiocy (or the perfume). All the more reason for us thinking, breathing humans to vigilantly keep our wits about us.

Poor, limping Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase after a stuper stepped on Ben’s bunion ridden foot without so much as a “sorry, old chap” before running off: We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.



Stupidity’s Favorite Words: “Can’t Do”

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

The average stuper (short, once again, for a problematically stupid person) will tell you that almost anything can’t be done.

Henry Ford had great difficulty pushing his novel car idea past stupers; he kept getting stuck in the mud they eagerly flung at him. They thought he was loony and perpetually rocked his boat. It was all Henry could do to keep from slipping. Even his own father tearfully begged him to return to his $25 per week job and forget about his dang blasted automobile ideas. But nothing could hamper Henry’s made-up, determined mind. Undoubtedly, he did not regret ignoring those whose very existence depended on telling him what could not be done. He chose to utilize his own head instead.

For decades, my friend Debra practiced as a dentist. Tired of peering into mouths all day and standing on weary feet, she longed to switch careers and start her own beauty product company.

“People, including my own mother, thought I was demented for wanting to give up my salary and gamble it all on something I had no experience in,” Debra recalled. “It took me a while, but I did it, and I don’t miss wrestling with teeth or tongues one bit.”

Restricted minds are minute minds. They shrink from lack of use. And, consequently, become limited in capabilities. If I may once again provide a photo of the oppressed mind, you can see for yourself (you may need a magnifying glass):

And now, the active mind (you may need shades):

If you’ve got a dream that you long to transform into reality, make sure you don’t share it with stupers. Unless you’re searching for excuses for why it can’t be done.

Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds ~ Albert Einstein

Great minds like to think.