stupidity [my contribution] – (en)

In the opinion of Professor Pitkin (Columbia University), four out of five people are stupid enough to be called “stupid”. That would amount to about fifteen hundred millions of people when he wrote his book (1934). Now would be next to six billion. This in itself is a lot of stupidity!
Certainly stupidity is running the world. It has survived millions of direct impacts, but they haven’t harmed it in the least. For anyone looking at us from outer space, this could be extremely funny. But somehow it doesn’t make me laugh. Incidentally, some have proposed genetic manipulation to cure stupid —the Nazis, and perhaps Michael Jackson, were of the same idea—, but they did not mention whether we must cure stupidity before any genetic manipulation.
In any event, and in a basic biological environment, the “stupidity problem” doesn’t exist. The process is based on the production of an extremely large number of “dumb” mutants. Only very few (the “fittest”) survive, and that’s it. From that point of view, what we see as catastrophe is just another variation in the “natural” course of events. Destructive fires are understood by botanists as a necessary, indeed desirable, step in the evolution of a forest. Millions of living creatures that die in the process may disagree, but their opinion is irrelevant.
In that perspective, solutions are simple and very effective. If there are too many people, all we need is another plague (or any mass slaughter device that will not interfere too much with the overall environment) that can kill 90 percent of the population. The surviving 10 percent, as soon as they get over the shock, are likely to find the resulting environment quite agreeable. They are also likely to be genetically similar: share specific traits of appearance and attitude. If they all had green hair, pink eyes and liked rainy weather, they would soon come to consider the (extinct) people with any other hair or eye color, as well as people that like sunny weather, as rather quaint and “inferior”; their moisture-resistant history books would treat most of us as we treat the Neanderthals.
The destruction or sterilization of our planet, by man-made nuclear (or chemical) power or by collision with some wandering rock, would be an irrelevant detail in a cosmic perspective; and it if happened before the development of space travel and colonization the disappearance of our species (along with the rest of the terrestrial biosphere) wouldn’t cause much of a stir even in our galaxy.
But in the particular biological environment that is set by certain species (such as ours) the system is based on the assumption that the environment can, and should, be controlled; and that each individual in our species (and in other species that we “protect”) should be able to live longer, and more pleasantly, than he or she would in an uncontrolled environment. This needs a particular breed of organized “intelligence”. Therefore stupidity, in this stage and type of biological development, is extremely dangerous.
As we are human, that’s what we need to worry about.
As humor is the best comfort of the bereaved, before immediately populating the future with concentration camps or execution fields, let’s smile with a [intelligent] joke.
A reporter visits a Jew writer in Moscow, and finds him packing in haste; the writer, very agitated, tells the reporter he’s leaving the country that night, because he has learned that they are about to enact terrible discriminatory laws and imprison Jews and architects. “Why architects?” asks the reporter. “Why Jews?” answers the writer.
Think will make you sick; do not forget to get vaccinated!
Stupidity [my contribution] – Dugutigui (some excerpts from “The Power of Stupidity” by Giancarlo Livraghi)

Acerca de Dugutigui

In the “Diula” language in Mali, the term « dugutigui » (chief of the village), literally translated, means: «owner of the village»; «dugu» means village and «tigui», owner. Probably the term is the result of the contraction of «dugu kuntigui» (literally: chief of the village).
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31 respuestas a stupidity [my contribution] – (en)

  1. Mélanie dijo:

    I’ve been vaccinated for quite a while, but I still need “des rappels de vaccins”… 🙂
    * * *
    the “like” button is back?!… 🙂

    • Dugutigui dijo:

      So do I 🙂
      It’s back because I got some complains, you know, God created the world in six days. On the seventh day, he rested. On the eighth day, he started getting complaints. And it hasn’t stopped since… 🙂 🙂

      • Mélanie dijo:

        aha, O.K. got it… 😉 the “traffic hunters” will be back… 3 month ago I had my blog address and name changed as I was fed-up with the “fake likers” who didn’t/don’t even read the title or your post(s)… I had to add @ my about: I don’t follow any blogs and I don’t belong to any social networks as my spare time is quite limited! NO fake or automatic “likes”, PLEASE! I’m thoroughly interested in QUALITY, not in quantity! 🙂

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        I’m agreed with that, but I can’t be running back and fourth forever between grief and high delight 🙂 so what should I do? 🙂 🙂

  2. Prof. Pitkin might be right. As Einstein already said: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

  3. Interesting. I’d have to agree that the world is full of stupid people, not to mention the world could do with fewer people. Sometimes I think a plague would not be a bad thing, except there would be no guarantee only the stupid would perish. What if all the greatest minds were to die in some catastrophe. Where would we be then? I’d like to think that natural selection will ‘thin the herd’ so to speak, but so far the stupid people seem to reproduce at a greater rate than the smarter.

    • Dugutigui dijo:

      I’m agreed with you. In any case I believe every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies. On other hand is not my interest to find solutions, but to deep in the idea that the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the stupid people, but the silence over that by the intelligent people. Is mostly, for me, a reflection on complaisance.
      Thanks for your clever comment!

  4. George Valah dijo:

    “Stupidity” is a …riscky/much too easy way to judge/understand someone else… Ex. an autistic person is totaly stupid from our conventional p.o.v., but can be a math genius …
    What “the society” should do, about the newborn baby of an alcoholic father and a chronical TBC ill mother from a poor fammily? Is to be considered another human “wasted stupid descendent’? Well, that child’s name is Ludwig, better known as … Beethoven.
    Again, “Natura” is more intelligent than any human mind: the most stupid person, “can procreate”! And the offspring can be…. just “can be” is enogh 🙂
    About vaccination: ” be informed and think twice” is a good option, probably …

    • Dugutigui dijo:

      I have always been fascinated with stupidity. My own, of course; and that’s a big enough cause of anxiety. My intention with this post was to reflect as species (not as individuals), and not wishing to find any kind of solution. Just exposing a problem.
      Regarding autistics and Beethoven, all fine to me, but they are exceptions. And the world we are building —based on general stupidity, is not going to benefit them. Nor anybody else.

      Apart from the exceptions, the post was about the interaction of 4 types of individuals: Hapless (someone whose actions tend to generate self-damage, but also to create advantage for someone else), Intelligent (someone whose actions tend to generate self-advantage, as well as advantage for others), Bandit (someone whose actions tend to generate self-advantage while causing damage to others), and Stupid (someone who causes damage to another person, or a group of people, without any advantage accruing to himself or even with some resultant self-damage).

      Intelligent people make the biggest contribution to society as a whole. But, nasty as it may sound, intelligent bandits also contribute to an improvement in the balance of society by causing more advantage than harm overall. “Hapless-intelligent” people, though they lose individually, can also have socially positive effects.

      However, when stupidity gets into the act, the damage is enormously greater than the benefit to anyone.

  5. dalo2013 dijo:

    Another insightful post…love the last paragraph/story. You are such a talented writer/thinker 🙂

  6. It’s a good thing the Professor wasn’t studying North American child protection workers. He would have found a much higher percentage. As in, approaching 100%. And this on a good day.

    • Dugutigui dijo:

      Probably, in some cases, they smell arrogance, a cheap fragrance —as the seeds of cockiness blossom when soiled in ignorance. 🙂

    • As stupid is one of my personal characteristics and I did actually work in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention on the continent of North America, I’m wondering if there is an actual concentration of stupid in this field (geographic and professional), or merely a higher concentration of self-awareness?

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Don’t Take Anything Personally —I don’t do it. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, or their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. 🙂

      • Thank you. I’m not suffering from his comment. Obviously he or someone(s) he cares or knows about did not have their problems solved by intervention. Just made different, or perhaps even made worse. Anyway I selfishly took the opportunity to make the “self aware” reply. I’m OK, but I am sorry that the children, made reference to by omission, have suffered. My work was in prevention. referrals for families at risk came from, to me personally, the county sheriff, judges, protective services, school principals, teachers, neighbors, my volunteer peer counselors, child care workers, anonymous, and even the children themselves, and children’s friends and relatives. On occasion my assessment required me to involve protective services and police. The referral came too late. Protective services are usually called after the fire is fully engaged. 😦 Or sometimes it is possible to deceive the case workers into believing that there is not really a fire smoldering in a hidden area, sometimes the fire is arson by nasty gossip of unknown origin. Always there is a serious problem, but not always is it possible for outsiders (good hearted or not, professional or not) to “fix” it. We can only, all of us, do our best, with the welfare of the CHILD’s health, HAPPINESS, and sadly .. very survival … foremost in mind. Horrible mistakes in judgment and policy penetrate my awareness, even out here in the swamp, where I live in RELATIVE isolation.

        Namaste — Bear

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        Well, thank you for the explanation, albeit [your] information is not knowledge [for me], just an informed point of view. But I am agreed it is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Thanks again!

      • Thank you, and also thank you to the reader who commented. I do hope the children in situation you referred to, sideways, find the care and joy they need to reach their best for them potential.

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        In a sense, it’s a shame that we are the animal that takes more time to fend for himself … because that leads us to develop some emotional ties that in many ways are not conducive to our future existence as species. It is the price to pay for a brain that has grown disproportionately, while hips and vagina have reduced their size, which is why the children of humans are birthed long before their brain has acquired the necessary size of development, leading to many years of postpartum learning and the undesirable ties mentioned above 🙂

      • Hmmm. Child neglect and/or abuse is not a unpleasant side-effect of evolution. It is what it is named and nothing else. It is possible for ALL children to raised with love, kindness, happiness, and have all of the physical things necessary for those three essentials. Even without changing the political economic and goods distribution systems of the entire world. To be able to do this comfortably is what requires all of the socio/economic changes.

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        The truth is that my comment was about the causes, not the effects. If babies begin to fend for themselves a few hours after birth, as with the vast majority of the other species, this discussion would not take place … 🙂

      • Probably not too many discussions would take place, at all. 🙂 Anyway every critter is different. Amongst mammals, proportionate to life-span, many young require equally long protection and instruction.

        Evolution is not a cause of poor parenting.

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        Just kidding 🙂

  7. Half-assedness and stupidness are also miserable allergens ….. they seem to bloom together enhancing reactions……

    • Dugutigui dijo:

      Multiple allergies are perhaps the most obvious sign of immune system overreaction 🙂 🙂 I have only one. I’m allergic to rocks hitting me in the face 🙂

      • Well now, if only the innocent would throw them, you would be fine. 🙂 AAAACHOOOO!!! Gott segne Sie

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        I am the innocent! But only because the opportunity to partake in an activity that would render me guilty has not presented itself. On other hand innocence is a kind of insanity 🙂

      • Well you shall just have to restrain yourself and not throw rocks at yourself. Those hurt quite as much as those thrown by the rest of the guilty hordes. Maybe they hurt more. Some innocence is insanity, some is negation, some is inexperience, some is absence of responsibility …. “Innocent” is another of those wonderful words to play with. 🙂 and insanity. Where would that one guide?

      • Dugutigui dijo:

        Probably nowhere, as one person’s insanity is another person’s reality 🙂


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