Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why are people stupid?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, some of these more serious questions are nigh impossible be the least bit snarky when answering. Then again, this question could spin off into a whole new series when you consider what’s going on in Baltimore as this goes to press, mmmkay?)
So why are people stupid? Well, for starters, some folks think that a current social movement like being politically-correct constantly may make people at least appear that way because they cannot keep up with the current rules and exceptions when they attempt to exercise their right to freedom of speech.
When your curmudgeonly columnist was still working on his first degree, he had a friend who was a DJ for one of the local radio stations at Penn State named Michael. Michael had a belief that all people fell into one of two categories: @ssh0les and $h*theads.
When questioned as to the difference between the two Michael just smiled and explained: “If you don’t know you’re an @ssh0le, then you’re a $h*thead.”
Acknowledging his inner @ssh0le potential, yours truly took those words to heart realizing that people are stupid because they don’t know and/or accept that they belong in one of those categories. The lack of that self-awareness and honestly, their delusions or ignorance is what makes them stupid.
Again though, let’s consult an outside source. Today that would be Prettyfedup.com. Described as a “pretty f*cked up website”, it nonetheless provides other interesting answers to the question: Why are people stupid?
The website notes that “there are a multitude of reasons why people are so stupid, which partly explains stupidity’s enduring popularity as an abundant element of the universe.”
One of the top reasons why people are stupid is because “Stupidity . . . does not hamper reproduction.”
The site confirms that “stupid people breed.” In fact, since “stupidity may in fact help our ability to reproduce quite a bit” it would follow that people are stupid because of their parents.
As the website explains: “Anyone who has ever gotten married, had children and later wondered – why did I do that anyway? Oh yeah, that’s right, I was really stupid – can attest to the helpful effects of stupidity on the mating, dating, and attraction process. Not thinking clearly is very helpful in making the whole mystery of chemical attraction seem worth pursuing.”
The website notes, however, that there are additional “reasons why people are stupid”. They state the second top reason is actually a matter of perception. In essence they point the finger at us: “Other people aren’t stupid . . . you are.”
They claim that we are “convinced other people in different circumstances are inherently different and stupid because they’re not in our circumstances.” Supposedly, “if you had the same circumstances, you’d act pretty much the same way.”
Sometimes it’s just us? What? Really? Does that sound stupid?
Why are people stupid? Now you know.
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