Today's blog is something I've been thinking about for a while now. Stupidity. Now, some of you may think I'm getting cranky about things, and you'd be right. But like one of my favorite bloggers used to say (Karen at Karen Knows Best), "It's My Blog and I Can Say What I Want!!!" *smile*
Now stupidity, I'm sorry to say, comes in many different forms. As you can see from the picture. This is an accident waiting to happen. To adults!!! What is this...Jackass, the Mature Version? Stupidity can be just plain scary and it can be stupid scary. People being stupid just aggravates me. But that's not all I want to talk about here.
It's not just the idiot who sticks a bottle rocket up his ass, set's himself on fire, puts it on YouTube and then wonders why everyone thinks he's a moron. (Yeah...you know who you are!)
It's not a woman who after receiving that spooky, scary, life threatening phone call goes blithely to the door to answer it when someone knocks. And doesn't even look out the peephole to see who it is who is going to kill her slowly. (And yes...this happens. NOT just in the movies.)
And it's not the now-famous thief who walked into a 7-11 with a bag over his head to rob the place, but forgot to put eye holes into the bag!!! (You can all have a moment to giggle.)
Are these people all stupid? Oh yeah. But these uber-stupid people aren't the ones that I find scary. What I find truly scary are the stupid people who do stupid things every day. Why? Because after a while we stop thinking that they're stupid and start accepting what they do as normal.
And that's terrifying!
I'm not a Bill Clinton fan by any means, but I have to believe he has some smarts. He was in politics. He became president, for God sakes, but was he so stupid he thought no one would find out when he had an affair? And was he that much an idiot to try and explain his way out the way he did? Oral sex isn't sexual relations? Seriously? I guess that's news to a lot of prostitutes out there. Stupid. And our country was in his hands. Not only a liar...but a stupid one. Terrifying.
Or... how about the high school students who put their lives on Facebook or some other social media. You've heard of stupid things like students putting a "hit list" on their school site. No, I'm not talking about killing someone. These hit lists cover anything from who should get bullied that day, to who should take whose virginity, to where the next "secret" party is going to be. But it's all there in black and white for anyone to see. And take advantage of. But the kids keep doing it. AND a lot of them keep getting hurt. Idiotic and scary...
This one makes me laugh and shake my head. I still get them every day and I wonder...is anyone buying into this crap?
~~~I've won a gazillion pounds in a lottery in South Mubuzo. WooHoo!!! All I need to do to get this windfall is send them all my personal info. And my first born son. *snort* (Don't worry, Jeramiah...I'll get a receipt!)
~~~Some friend (I won't remember their name, but they are my bestest awesomest friend forever *see all the hearts and flowers?) has been stranded without any money. They were robbed-beaten-attacked-kidnapped-mugged (you choose) and only need XX amount to get them home. The embassy won't help. *horrors* And you...you are the only one who can. (music cue here...."Help me Obi Wan Kanobi you're my only hope!!!")
~~~The widow of some absolutely, wonderful, amazing missionary-statesman-scientist-humanitarian, who has oodles of money, wants to share it with me. (How generous!) But to do so, she'll need my banking information, so she can just transfer that windfall right into my bank. Isn't she thoughtful???
But some people buy into this stuff. I had a reader who was all upset because one of my other readers (con artist) sent a pathetic email to a lot of people on my list bemoaning the fact her house had burned down and all her books had burned up. So she was hitting the lists asking for replacements. I had to tell my reader that she'd done this before...on other lists. At least six other times. And if she was wealthy enough to lose all the houses that had supposedly burned down, she could damn well buy her own books!!!
What's terrifying about these scenarios is that it happens every day and every day someone is tenderhearted, naive, unthinking to buy into it. *sigh*
Do people get in trouble for some of these things. Sometimes. But it just doesn't seem to matter so much anymore. We may shake our head when some idiot downs a few margaritas and then drives his car into a tree on the way home, but seriously...that's not just stupid...it's criminal.
The problem is stupidity is like anything else. When we see it over and over again, we become jaded...we don't allow it to bother it as much as it should. And so eventually, the stupid becomes the norm and everyone starts to accept it. And in my humble opinion...
That's the scariest thought of them all!!!
Have you a stupid people trick you've seen and shaken your head over? Either in real life or in the news? Share it hear so we can all learn from it. And sigh.
Until next week,