I don’t know how many times in a day my mind will just stop for a moment, jolted into a catatonic suspension of thought by what I am seeing. Am I reading a Zen koan, you ask? No, I wish. This dumbfoundedness is brought on by the mind-blowing stupid actions of stupid, stupid people. Our world is absolutely full of them, and I believe they are breeding the rest of us out of the human gene pool.
But at least now I can put these morons and their events in the context of academic appreciation. Thanks to an economics professor at UC Berkeley we have a thesis on The Basic Laws of Stupidity. Complete with charts, laws, and proofs. I wish my economics teacher had been this entertaining.
From the thesis:
Essentially stupid people are dangerous and damaging because reasonable people find it difficult to imagine and understand unreasonable behaviour…
A stupid creature will harass you for no reason, for no advantage, without any plan or scheme and at the most improbable times and places. You have no rational way of telling if and when and how and why the stupid creature attacks. When confronted with a stupid individual you are completely at his mercy. Because the stupid person’s actions do not conform to the rules of rationality, it follows that:
a) one is generally caught by surprise by the attack; b) even when one becomes aware of the attack, one cannot organize a rational defense, because the attack itself lacks any rational structure.