Monday, November 22, 2021

Seven Quotes About Stupidity and a Few Examples

Yes, I have done some stupid things 
in my life. How 'bout you?
The annual Darwin Awards were initiated in 1993. The idea of the awards has been a way to spotlight examples of behavior that eliminates stupidity from the gene pool. The most spectacular examples are given Darwin Award recognition. The stories would be humorous if they weren't real. 

We've probably all done many stupid things in our lives. I know that I have. For example, I once jumped out of a moving car thinking I would impress the girl across the street. No one was impressed. Fortunately, my stupidities haven't cost me my life.

The trigger for this blog post was having recently heard the song "Something Stupid" which was a hit in the Sixties, sung as a duet by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy. I was in high school and didn't really didn't "get" the meaning of the song til l I was a little further down the road.

I know we're not supposed to call other people stupid. There's a difference between being stupid and doing something stupid. People don't need lifelong labels for momentary lapses of good judgment. As I already stated, I have done my share of stupid things, and it didn't end with that jump from a convertible coming home from a Little League game.

Here are a few quotes about stupidness. Some are a little mean. Others insightful. 

Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that. 
— George Carlin

Life is hard. It’s a whole lot harder if you’re stupid. 
— George V. Higgins

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. 
— Bertrand Russell

Only two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. 
— mis-attributed to Albert Einstein

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.
 — Friedrich Schiller

“Remember, when you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It is only painful for others. The same applies when you are stupid.” 
— Ricky Gervais.

“Stupid is as stupid does.” 
— Forrest Gump

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The Darwin Awards folk tell their grim tales in a light-hearted manner. The lessons are serious, of course. Here are a few links, if you're interested.

Double Darwin Award! Sports Training

Soaked to the Bone in Yellowstone

Smokin' Hot Sauce!  

One Way Ticket

The last two above seem to show what happens when you underestimate how explosive gasoline can be. 

Mind the Cone Zone

Low Flying Drunks 

This last one has a few real life lessons for each of us. First off, beer may not always make you stupid, but drinking and stupidity do quite frequently accompany one another. Also, it's good to be aware of what you don't know. A lot of our confidence is simply a lack of awareness regarding the risks of some behaviors. Alas.

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