“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
I read a sign recently that said “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”
I knew exactly what it meant.
I’ve said it before on this blog – stupid people are dangerous. Sure they are amusing some of the time, and annoying all of the time, but they are also dangerous a lot of the time too.
Whether it be the stupid idiot who gets drunk and thinks it makes him a better driver, or someone in a company who has been promoted well beyond his or her level of ability just because the number of years of service he or she has accrued, or one of those despicable ‘jobs-worth’ morons you inevitably find in bureaucratic government non-jobs, their stupidity poses a danger to the rest of us.
If you were a real optimist you might be forgiven for hoping that where you put two stupid people together there would be a chance that the stupidity would halve, but in fact quite the reverse is true, it doubles – and then some!
And where stupid people accumulate in even larger groups the danger they pose is even greater.
I have witnessed mob violence and believe me it’s a scary thing, always dangerous and often lethal. That’s bad enough.
But what if the large groups of stupid people are given the power to dictate to the rest of us?
That’s an even scarier prospect because it isn’t just spontaneous and fleeting, it is planned and long term.
It’s something that you would think the rest of us would be smart enough not to let happen. Yet that’s exactly what we have allowed to happen.
In the modern world, whether it be the western democracies or the eastern dictatorships, for one reason or another smart people have abdicated their responsibility to ensure that we are governed sensibly and have instead allowed a bunch of morons to take charge.
A lot of the time the idiots get away with it without anyone noticing much. The smart people get on with their lives and quietly accept the interference of the stupid.
But recently the idiots have been steadily encroaching on our private lives, into things that are clearly none of their business and things that pose no danger to society at large or to any individual within it.
The idiots want power. They don’t know what to do with it when they get it. But they want it, and more and more of it.
My own theory is that at heart, although they try to appear superior, the idiots know they are idiots and actually feel inferior to normal people. Thus their mania to have control over those they know are better than they are.
We know that when they get control they try to dumb down society to their level. The most talented individuals are frowned upon and made to develop at the same speed as the dumbest.
We’ve been through the NSA fiasco when they were outed by a former employee. We know they look at our emails, listen to our telephone conversations, probably even snoop in our mail or scrutinize our blogs (gosh!) and that they have built a humungous new data storage center to keep information on everyone.
We know they start wars and cause the needless deaths of many people sometimes for no other good reason than to distract from the obvious shortcomings at home.
And we are currently in the midst of one of the most idiotic standoffs in Washington with Obama, the Senate and the House of Representatives seeing who can balance on one leg the longest while the country becomes the laughing stock of the rest of the world.
Yes folks, never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups to destroy society and drag the rest of us down along with them.