The STOOPIT!: We, here in the USofA have a front-row seat to the spectacle of MORE of the STOOPITEST people than ever before, anywhere, ever, given a forum from which to spout REALLY STOOPIT SHIT, spouting really STOOPIT shit, seemingly without stop, at the top of their lungs, everywhere. The etymology of the word suggests just the opposite of the evident spirit of those possessed by it. "Stupid" historically meant "silent." We should BE so lucky.
BUt I wondered: What have the best minds in literary and political history had to say about "teh STOOPIT." It's CLEARLY played a SIGNIFICANT role in many momentous occasions.
Quite a lot, actually:
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Ben FranklinStupidity seems inexhaustible across time.
“Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance”-William Gaddis
“It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful.”-Anton LaVey
“Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?”-Blaise Pascal
“Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!”-George Carlin
“The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others”-Tibeten Proverb
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.” -- Albert Einstein
“The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.” -- Voltaire
“We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyones arguing over where they're going to sit.” -- David Suzuki
"(The Wise) talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." -- Plato
"In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity." -- Hunter S. Thompson
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -- M. L. King
"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty." -- -George Bernard Shaw
"The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois." -- Flaubert
"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid." -- George Bernard Shaw
"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish." -- Euripides
"Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we." Jean Rostand.
"Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do." -- Bertrand Russell
"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives." -- John Stuart Mill.
"Stupidity often saves a man from going mad." -- Oliver W. Holmes
Bombs Away!: Fyeieio, here's a fairly complete list of the sovereign countries on which the USofA has unleashed it's military might, from the safety and security of 30,000 feet or so:
China 1945-46, 1950-53(N.B.: "Fyeieio" = "For your entertainment, information, education, illumination & outrage.")
Guatemala 1960, 1964, 1969-70
Belgian Congo 1964
Dominican Republic 1965-66
Libya 1986, 1989, 2011
El Salvador 1981-92
Somalia 1992-94, 2011
Sudan 1998, 2011