So, I was just thinking that, all my life (well, until pretty recently), I’d always thought I was pretty dumb. You know – can’t understand high finance, say, or … most of the world’s wars (most of them have never made sense to me at all at all at all).
Or deeply technical or complicated scientific or mathematical stuff (it’s true my mind doesn’t seem to excel at that kind of thing at all).
I used to think I wasn’t smart enough to go into politics – not realizing that many politicians are as dumb as a bag of hammers, pretty much, besides which most of them don’t exactly go into it for shall we say the “right” reasons in the first place. (Can you say corruption?)
One more thing: I used to think that just because someone has a Ph.D., this necessarily, by definition, makes her/him smart. Well, think again!! Some folks with Ph.D’s are dumber than a bag of hammers too. In fact some of them make the hammers look pretty darn smart . (At least hammers aren’t arrogant!?)
Anyway, there’s a good news & bad news aspect to all this, which is the funny thing:
Good news: Turns out I’m not nearly as dumb as I’d always thought! Cool!! Just maybe more than a wee bit naïve, is all.
Bad news: It took naïve me a very long time to realize that, as it turns out, the world is run mostly by people who are not very smart, not deep or long-term thinkers, & far too many of whom have distinctly lousy motives for wanting to be in charge anyway. There are likely even lots of psychopaths in high places, & stuff like the nuclear industry (& many other seriously planet & people-destroying industries, like, um, the tar sands & arms-making & war, say) are pretty much evil.
(Did I say this was a funny thought?? Sheesh.)
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” – Woody Allen
p.s. honestly, though, I realize I am often much TOO serious. And since we all need lots of laughs in this life in order to remain at least vaguely sane, consider checking out this link – at which you’ll find a boatload (or 3) of great laughs. Enjoy!!