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.