I’m just going to put it out there: I’m prejudiced. Now, before you go getting your panties all in a twist, I’m not talking about the Donald Sterling type of prejudice, or even the Mark Cuban type of prejudice. I’m talking about garden variety prejudices, the kind every single human being on the face of this earth has.
We are all prejudiced in one way or another. We all have preconceived notions, feelings of like or dislike for someone or something, especially when it is not reasonable or logical.
I have a prejudice against stupid people. By “stupid,” I’m not singling out people with “low” IQs as measured by those inane tests we all took as children before educators wised up and realized that there is more than one type of human intelligence; I’m not singling out people who don’t live up to their full potential, that full potential being some arbitrary measure; I’m not even singling out people who just aren’t that ambitious. I’m talking about “stupid” as defined by the people who write dictionaries.
If you look up the word “stupid” in the dictionary, there are at least six different meanings:
(i) lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull;
(ii) characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question;
(iii) tediously dull, especially due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless: a stupid party;
(iv) annoying or irritating; troublesome: Turn off that stupid radio;
(v) in a state of stupor; stupefied; stupid from fatigue;
(vi) Slang. excellent; terrific.
My particular prejudice is against those people who fall into the “foolish” and “senseless” category, the “inane” and “pointless” category, or the “annoying or irritating” and “troublesome” category. I’m talking about people who wouldn’t know their own limitations if those same limitations bit them in the rear end. People who cannot read their native language (whether English or something else) with enough comprehension to find their way out of a paper bag are annoying and irritating. People who overestimate their capabilities without empirical evidence of same are foolish and senseless. People who stick to their interpretation of events and ideas without any basis for same are tediously dull, lacking meaning or sense.
In other words, stupid people drive me crazy. I want to shake them until their teeth rattle and they can see common sense and logic. I want to make them see that simply WANTING or DEMANDING that something be a certain way won’t make it so. I’d rather walk the earth knowing that their particular brand of stupidity and lack of comprehension has been magically erased as if by one of those disturbingly perfect pink rubber blobs on the end of a pencil. Dealing with people who are foolish, senseless, inane, pointless, annoying, irritating or troublesome is just, well, troublesome, and it leaves me stupid from fatigue.
Thank you for allowing me the space to rant. We can all now return to our regularly scheduled lives.