There are people who think pretty much everyone is stupid. You know who I’m talking about. They complain in the grocery store about how stupid people hold up the line. They complain about how stupid people don’t know how to drive. They’re not necessarily wrong to be irritated in many instances. I don’t know that it’s so much that people are stupid as preoccupied, not present and sometimes selfish. But I’m not surprised that they often are, in a society dominated by a fascination with immediacy, self-interest and isolationist attitudes. Once we become comfortable within the boundaries of our relationships, workplaces, neighbourhoods, families, national identities, etc., we can tend to see anything outside those lines as ‘other’ and often by extension, a threat (or undesirable, at best).
It’s just interesting to me that people who are always bitching about other people don’t realize that they look like idiots. Of course, to such individuals, it doesn’t matter that they also piss other people off, nor that their tendency to be so judgmental actually makes them look pitifully insecure. People do dumb things all the time. So what? What are you gonna do about it? Probably something dumb.
I cringe when I hear someone say that people who do foolish things like extreme sports in avalanche zones or who get lost in the woods on what should be a simple, solitary hike shouldn’t have rescue teams sent after them (apparently wasting valuable public funds) because they’re stupid and don’t deserve to be saved. Because they’re jackasses, apparently they deserve to suffer – along with their family and anyone else who might depend on them or care about them. So what, right? “Survival of the fittest”, they shrug. Really? If we were so smart, we wouldn’t waste time complaining about things we can’t control. Or destroy our planet because we’re too greedy and selfish to give up our perceived entitlements, effectively dooming our offspring to live in what is essentially a ticking time bomb. This phrase, which wasn’t even coined by Darwin, is really far off the mark. The evolution of a species doesn’t require only the fittest to survive. If it did, not only would many people not exist today – our entire species wouldn’t. So we should all be happy it’s really just a misinterpretation by an economist trying to apply someone else’s biological theories to support his own prefabricated ideas.
If you’re the type of person who wishes only the fittest survived, just know that there are probably many people out there who wouldn’t add you to that list if it were up to them.