Has stupid become contagious?
March 20, 2009 1:25pm CST
I have always made it a goal of mine to surround myself with intelligent, interresting, and goal oriented people. It could matter to me what walk of life they are walking nor that which I am walking at any given time. Intellect can be found in any demographic slice of the population from pauper to prince and any age group. I have been blessed throughout my adult life with friends who have been tight and close over long periods of time. However more than a few of them have started acting like they have caught a case of stupid like a cold. It seems to be happening with disturbing frequency. And it all seems to be ignorant stuff that common sense should tell them is unacceptable. Like one of them who recently walked out on his wife of over 36 years for a skeevy street urchin with no ambition, a complete lack of goals, and zero work ethic. Unlike the wife whom he had raised a family with and who had stood by him and kept the home fires burning and the family together while he went and did three state bids of min 2 years and the max was 6. I think that kind of loyalty is hard to find and should be much better rewarded than finding the street urchin in your bed with your husband on Valentine's day. Or him choosing the street urchin because she's twenty years younger than both he and the wife. In fact to hear him tell it, he doesn't even really like the girl anymore. She has made an albatross of herself for the last 4 1/2 years. He claims he left the wife and family(who mind you still takes him back in whenever he comes home) because the girl needs him and he feels responsible for her. My common sense tells me that this girl has survived over 30 years of her life without his help or his overweaning sense of responsibility. I have made the argument to him several times that the girl was somewhere b4 she was with him. I have another friend who is drowning in her bills and is looking to cut costs on her recurring bills like her light bill, water bills, etcetera. Yet both her daughters ages 15 and 13 have cellular phones, with unlimited calling and texting for three cell phones, rather than just having 1 for herself and cutting the bill to 1/3. She told them that if she heard they were playing with their phones in school or their grades dipped that she would take the phones away 3 years ago when she got the phones for the girls. Both things have occurred and yet they both still have their phones. She also has big cable bill because she has big screen tv's and thus this justifies needing premium channels and DVR's in each of 4 bedrooms. Then she tells me that she plans to downgrade her cable package to basic service only because she found out that she can now watch tv on her new cell phone. Come on! Even though you can watch tv on your phone the screen is 3 inches by 2. I think that that will be far less pleasing than her 92 inch big screen tv the next time the family gets together to watch a movie. She cannot seem to figure our how she can cut costs and stop drowning in her bills. It goes on and on. The stupid is getting so pervasive among my previously intelligent friends that I am starting to fear I may catch the infectous stupids too! Is is something in the water, early stage senility, or are they just a product of all the brain cells that we have all killed together and seperately over the years? Have you noted a trend of stupid occuring all around you to your previously intelligent friends and family members too?
• United States
21 Mar 09
I have noticed a rise in the stupid myself. I have known several other people who have the same problem and wonder why in the world there is a problem. I believe that the people today have no clue what in the world it's like to not have anything. Given the chance these people who just haven't a clue would fail in survival and so would their children. I'm not saying this to be mean but to be truthful.
• United States
22 Mar 09
I agree with you. In the last 20 years the fact that we have not conciously taken breeding for type or certain charachteristics has really come to tell on us as a nation. Though I am not saying that America has a corner on the market when it comes to stupid. We share it and spread it around as much as possible. It just seems that American children are so materialistic and full of need for instant gratification and unearned rewards. When we were kids if you wanted am ice cream from the ice cream truck you had to earn it by straightening your room, or washing the dishes or something. Rewards were small and the goals were median to long term goals. Like the year my mom took us to Magic Mountain for completing reading the bible from cover to cover the 3 of us together every night. That made it not only educatinal but also a challenge. I think that kids have it way too easy these days and that is the cause of the spread of stupid in their age group. But the people I was talking about who are manifesting stupid as a demographic group are around 45 to 60 years old and previously were able to prove, use, and understand their intellect. They seem to have just caught "stupid" like a contagious cold. If such is the case I need to find out where I may get innoculated!
• United States
21 Mar 09
I'm not sure if stupid is really contagious or if people are just more concerned with their wants in their lives instead of thinking very logically about what is going on in their lives. I mean, I really would avoid giving teenagers cellphones especially cellphones in which they have unlimited calling and texting. Those are high themselves. I'd wait until the kids got older and tell them if they want one they have to get a job so they can pay for it themselves. Or, better yet, get them one of those prepaid cellphones that way I can control how much they have and use each month and it is a lot cheaper for some people. Secondly, the whole big screen TV and high defintion need drives me crazy. People survived for many, many years without TV and let alone without large screen TV's. People don't need them, nor do they need to see every pore and wrinkle on someone's face! I don't get the need. I'm fine with my 27 inch TV. I'm happy even. I don't need some huge TV, nor the expense of one to worry about.
• United States
22 Mar 09
I don't watch television (except of course on my computer occassionally) nor do we have cable at my house. Of course with kids in the household cable, at least basic cable, is a neccessity. However I think that she spoils her girls, they are the youngest two of six and once they're grown she will have an empty nest so I think she is trying to compensate for that by going to super human lengths to "buy" their affections. However even her adult children love her, they may come and visit but they are always asking her to do things for them, which for whatever reason she just does. Free babysitting, free ride out to LA and back a round trip of almost 300 miles on a whim,etc. This is just how she is, she is doing a fairly good job with her child rearing and at least she takes the time and effort to spoil them rather than abusing them or something.