I came across this article last night and thought I would share with you as a follow up to my essay on the Stupidity Virus.
Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory.
See, even scientists agree with me! You can read the full article here:
Having survived yet another lousy week I decided it was time to return to writing and share my experiences and thoughts, and to provide a dire warning to all my readers. The Stupidity Virus has firmly taken hold in Los Angeles and is spreading globally!
A very little about yours truly. By day I am a mild mannered consultant. People pay me to provide advice on certain issues. I have been doing this for over 16 years and am fairly confident I am good at what I do.
Last week I had a client call me and pepper me with questions, one right after another. She is young, well not terribly young, but nonetheless young by some standards. She is your typical worry wart, and no amount of calming or reassurance matters. Most conversations end with her telling me to “do what you feel is best,” which should make me happy, but doesn’t.
For some people I assist them in tax filing. I charge a meager amount to do so, far less than the nincompoops at H & R Block. This year, as in years past, I was to prepare this particular person’s taxes. After what seemed like hours of banter, she informs me that she was so worried about her financial situation that she hired a professional accountant to do them. To say this upset me would be a colossal understatement. The client’s taxes are so simple they could easily go on a 1040ez form ( a insanely simple one page tax form). Paying a professional accountant $150+ was my first warning that the Stupidity Virus had taken hold of her. Poor thing is already blonde so the prognosis is quite dire.
One of the matters she was asking me about was her back up for her computer. Now while this is definitely not my forte, I consider myself highly proficient with all things data driven.
It would appear that each day her system backs up data from the back up drive to the back up drive. For those unclear, think making a copy of a very important document. Now you need a safe place for the original and a safe place for the copy. With me so far? OK, this poor victim of the Stupidity Virus takes the original and the copy and places them in the exact same place. Now that is some safe keeping if ever I heard of one!
I could go on with my personal trials and tribulations of clients affected by this rapidly spreading disease but think it would be more effective to showcase others affected, people you may know or know of.
Now I have gone on and on about my total loathing of people driving while holding firmly against their hollow head a cell phone. Yup, Stupidity Virus.
Sarah Palin, All members of the “Tea Party,” conservatives, Glenn Beck Followers, Birthers and Neo-cons. This, I feel, is the single largest group of victims of this tragic disease. Frankly I think they may be such virulent carriers of this thing that we simply have no hope. I could write for days about this group of patients, but choose not to. At least for now.
People who think the new Health Care Reform act is bad or a step to socialism. I feel bad for these people because they are the ones that so badly will need medical attention soon as their minds become a gelatinous mess overcome by the Virus. I think we all admit that healthcare in this country is atrocious and something needs to be done. Sadly no one wants to pay for it. This to me is similar to what I deal with daily, everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.
The Academy members that nominated “District 9” for Best Picture. Did anyone actually watch that piece of crap? I did, in fast forward. I watched a 2 hour movie in less than 40 minutes. Awful, jet trash, painful. I am thinking that Peter Jackson must have put some subliminal messages in the film to infect viewers with the Virus. There simply is no other explanation. Whatever you do, avoid this movie! Think “The Ring” and the scary videotape.
Feeling my point has been made, I will stop there. Fair warning, be vigilant my friends. Watch your back. The Stupidity Virus is a silent killer, not unlike a stroke. You may not even be aware it is around you or taking hold. Should in your daily activities, you come about someone who may be affected, simply move away slowly, smile and nod you head in agreement so as not to alarm them then run like hell! Personally I run away and begin singing show tunes, but that is just me. You may rather enjoy Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, or Celine Dion, it doesn’t matter how bad your taste in music is, just clear your head.
In my opinion there is a cure, it’s called Common Sense. Most of us were born with it, sadly over time it has been deemed redundant like the human appendix, a vestige from our past when people actually used to think for themselves and make the right decisions. Unfortunately for us, as the Stupidity Virus has taken hold, common sense is in far less supply than ever.