Stupid Quotient

There is a core of stupidity running through our nation and I am certain it is growing by leaps and bounds every year. I have evidence of this rampant growth, it all around us; it is everywhere.

First, let me explain my philosophical stance on the matter of human stupidity;

Ignorance is a choice, but stupidity is something else entirely, it is akin to a birth defect; passed along through both nature and nurture. One can choose to change their ‘stupid’ quotient (aka StQ); most, however, never do. It is my opinion this is due to our powerlessness to self-assess and identify stupidity as a component of one’s personality or make-up. Thus, we are left with a growing StQ within our population or a lowering of our herd intelligence at both the Intellect (IQ) and Emotional Intellect (EQ).

Are you wondering now, what the hell is she talking about, where is she going with this?

Situation: Starts with the reminder we are in a global pandemic, the world is facing a virus with no known treatment, no respect for age, race or income bracket and zero indication we are currently on the downward side of the curve yet. I live in a state where we are still on Stay-at-home executive orders (though our Governor is planning to allow this to expire soon). This past week I had to venture out, no choice I was out of essential items. So, me being an adult grabbed my gloves and mask and off to the local Wal-Mart I went, it has always been an adventure but now it is terrifying.

Let me start by saying, I get it; really, I do. You are bored and tired of being locked down with your family. This though is no reason for you to consider a shopping trip as a family mini-vacation. You are not helping yourself, your family or your community by carrying your parade of curtain climbers and germ hounds with you grocery shopping.  So, Grandma (age maybe 48), Grandad (age maybe 50), Mom (age maybe 33), two Semen Demons (age maybe 15 and 17), two Germ Hounds (age maybe 10 and 12), two Curtain Climbers (age somewhere 4 and  6), Linoleum Worm (age maybe 2) and Linoleum Worm (age maybe 9 months). Yes, you read this right eight (8) children and three parental figures (3) in this single group. If I had to guess as to who belonged to whom, the older Semen Demon’s belong to the older adults and the younger ones belong to the Mom, who also belongs to the Grandparents. So that is in total eleven (11) people, out and about in the community only three (3) of them wearing masks, none of them wearing gloves.   Except for the two (2) babies, all of them casually strolling through the store, touching everything, loud talking and generally causing a disruption.

As I said, I get it. I am stir crazy myself. I want out of the house too. I would love to sit outside in the new spring air and have a coffee and pastry, people watch or read a book. Instead, I sit on my back porch alone and wonder when it will all end. I haven’t seen my sons, my grandchildren or any of my friends since March 8, seven weeks apart in my house with the company of a kitten and a cockatoo. But the family Twatwaffle thinks they should put me and everyone else at risk because they are bored and stupid.

Do I sound annoyed? I am. The adults in the room are all wondering when the rest of you will take this seriously. The world is in the midst of change; it doesn’t feel as if it is for the better, meanwhile stupid and selfish seem to be joined at the hip in a tango to Hell. Strangely, this tango of boredom can be seen played out across the land, via shopping protestersadventures, protests on the courthouse steps and blocking of emergency rooms. It doesn’t matter your choice of stupid; it is all the same in the end. Your choice of stupid puts everyone else at risk. Your choice of stupid creates a problem for everyone you meet.

The potential infection rate is one person with Coronavirus gives the virus to 14 people who will, in turn, spread it to 5 people each, so this means within a 10-day time span one person could spread the virus to 1,953,125 (edit comment: the previous model was based on different criteria 14 people and 10 hours).

Getting back to my premise of the Stupid Quotient. Each time I see it, I wonder what has happened to our nation, our people. We were not always like this; we did not always have such a large population of the overtly mean, blatantly entitled and overly stupid within our community. It isn’t that we didn’t always have some, of course, we did. But now it seems we have a larger population than ever before. Is it that we give them a more significant voice? Is it that they are more evident than previously? Is it that under these extreme circumstances, they stand out more than they might have before?

I don’t know the answers to the above questions. I think some of the answers lie in the changes our society has seen in the last twenty-five years. These changes have upset the security of many both economically and on an emotional level, even where they might not admit it. The rise of populism, racism, Nazism and other extremist views gives us a glimpse into the fears and potentially the growth of the Stupid Quotient. Combine this with the real dumbing down of our education system, especially when it comes to teaching Civics and History in our public schools, I believe we can answer part of the question.

I hope, though, with this latest reset, those who have the capacity to combine their Emotional Intelligence with their Intellect, will use it for good. Won’t be afraid to speak up and push real change into our communities. Perhaps, when we finally swing those doors open and realize how good it feels to be together, we will work hard to stay sane, safe and function as a society. This at least is my hope.

Comments

  1. If stupid people are more likely to venture out for more stupid reasons, you are even more likely to see more stupid people than usual. On the other hand, children seem to be an extremely low risk group for Covid19 – while the virus is like bubonic plague for the elderly and people with serious medical conditions, it seems that it might be less dangerous than the flu (which I believe is most dangerous for both the young and the old) for the children. Of course, even if not personally at risk, children are excellent at picking up and bringing microbes home and spreading them around.
    On a final note, it’s not possible for one person to infect 20 billion people in 10 hours, since there just aren’t that many people. And it probably still would not be possible to infect 7 billion in 10 hours, even if all humans stood in a single crowd shoulder to shoulder with each other, as the virus probably needs at least a few hours, if not days, to turn someone who just got infected into someone who can infect others.

    • You are right, it should have been exponential and should have been 10 days, but that is a model. I copied it, didn’t question it. I think the model is to scare us. But a better model is the 5×10 which maybe I will change it to.

      • It is exponential, it’s just not as fast. I think the fastest it went was doubling of the number of cases every two days, but in reality as more people fall sick and other begin taking more precautions (even without any authorities taking action) the rate slows down and some number of people may never actually fall sick.

  2. The COVID-19 virus has been documented as causing cognitive disruptions and incoherence – which doesn’t explain politics in Washington. Most of those people suffered from a slew of cognitive disorders and incoherence long before this morass! And I also believe these attributes are genetic, sadly passed down through generations.

    I don’t know if voting will solve any part of this recurring dilemma, as I have no faith in the U.S. government, just like I have no faith in law enforcement and the financial industry. We must always support and defend ourselves.

    • You said a great deal with few words. I still have some faith, I know perhaps misplaced but I still have some faith in the American people and our ability to get it right. We just need to be gently or ungently shoved.

  3. Your eloquent words reminded me of the those Sufi words:
    Those who don’t know and don’t know they don’t know are stupid, avoid them
    Those who don’t know and know that they don’t know are ignorant, teach them,
    Those who know and don’t know that they know are asleep, wake them,
    Those who know and know that they know are wise men- follow them.
    Stay well, Valerie

    • So nice to see you, I always smile. I don’t know about eloquent but heartfelt, yes. I love your quote. Most especially the first line! We are most certainly in a conundrum right now as we failed in the first, dramatically.

  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Stupid is as stupid does! … ” I think some of the answers lie in the changes our society has seen in the last twenty-five years. These changes have upset the security of many both economically and on an emotional level, even where they might not admit it. The rise of populism, racism, Nazism and other extremist views gives us a glimpse into the fears and potentially the growth of the Stupid Quotient. Combine this with the real dumbing down of our education system, especially when it comes to teaching Civics and History in our public schools, I believe we can answer part of the question.”

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