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We pick leaders who swear their 'severe' competence (to coin a phrase) and we allow ourselves to become their 'followers.' But even if they believe it... it doesn't mean they are correct... and frankly, they wouldn't know either way.
It's not who votes that counts, it's who is counting the votes.-Stalin
I agreed with part of your post (we are all ignorant in some areas) but disagree with this part. In a semantics argument, I hear stupid as meaning "lacking intelligence" - an actual limit to their mental abilities. But that is of course, semantics and not real important.
Originally posted by hdutton
Stupid is best thought of as an act. You see stupid is when you know better and do something anyway.
Like these guys who ride a skateboard down a handrail. They know they are going to fall in a bad way, but they have to put it on tape to show off just how stupid they are.
Originally posted by navy_vet_stg3
Reminds me of Idiocracy. My favorite quote from that movie: "I like money."
Originally posted by chr0naut
reply to post by Maxmars
At least I know they aren't talking about me!
Originally posted by blackcube
reply to post by Azadok
Do you realize you both looked for a psychiatry guy, right? Psychiatry is a medical doctor... Psychologist is another profession (they can't prescribe any drugs)
Originally posted by lonegurkha
Well here it is morning and here is this thread. I'm about to drive to work and get a graphic demonstration of the truth of your thread.
People will cut me off, look me right in the eye and pull out in front of me. They'll be in a hurry and and pass me even though I'm doing the speed limit or a little over. They'll pull out to pass me with oncoming traffic very close and cause the other driver to almost go off the road. They will park illegally and cause a problem by blocking the road and on and on.
Driving isn't rocket science, but people just don't know the rules of the road.
As Forrest Gump said"Stupid is as stupid does".
Originally posted by Maxmars
(visit the link for the full news article)
A growing body of psychology research shows that incompetence deprives people of the ability to recognize their own incompetence. To put it bluntly, dumb people are too dumb to know it. Similarly, unfunny people don't have a good enough sense of humor to tell.
This disconnect may be responsible for many of society's problems.
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Originally posted by marinesniper0317
reply to post by Imightknow
There is plenty to be happy about, well if you live and work in a dangerous area the mere fact you woke up and saw the awe inspiring light from the sun is one of them, second when you inhale a nice breath of air with no impedance or pain (from residual tear gas) that is another...when you open the fridge and have food to eat...I could go on and on...
YOUR PROBLEM or that of most is, when you get up you rush for the coffee (coffee is a thing to be happy about bTW) then straight this forum, or the news or the TV and are inundated with negative news.
Because of my duty station I do not have this luxury so you end up finding happiness in the little things all around you, like friends, food, nature even the wonder of rain... (when not being fired upon)...: )
Take a day or two off from online news, ATS and the TV and spend it with loved ones (something I don't have the luxury of either)...and I bet you will feel a lot better at the end of the day...
The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.
We live in a society where stupidity is "celebrated" and encouraged in the media..haven't you noticed how the most stupid people are quite often also the ones seeking (and getting!) the most media exposure?
A prisoner that does not realize he/she is imprisoned will never try to escape.
A slave that does not realize they are enslaved will never rebel.