Fandango is enjoying a family vacation this week but he thoughtfully left us his weekly FPQ. It’s a rerun but I didn’t do it the first time anyway.
“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”Bertrand Russell
Do you concur with Mr. Russell’s perspective? Why or why not?
Sadly, I do. It does seem as if the stupid people in the world are hell bent on ruining it for everyone else. Why are they so cocksure? I suppose it is their ignorance that makes them so. They don’t have the intelligence or the tolerance to try and see things from any perspective but their own.
Intelligent people know that they don’t know everything and maybe they second guess themselves too much or perhaps they just don’t want to impose their views on everyone. I don’t really know.
These days I think more and more of how when I was an idealistic teenager of fifteen or so I used to get very upset with my stepfather. He would often say “People are stupid.” and he had a pessimistic view of the world. I didn’t want to believe it could be that bad. Now I often find myself thinking the same thing and wondering if there are enough of the not stupid people to save us.