Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Some background for reading "Incoming"...

In order to maximize your reading experience here, some understanding of both the author and the nature of existence is helpful.  Therefore a brief refresher course in the Basic Laws of Human Stupidity.
The first basic law of human stupidity asserts without ambiguity that:

Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

At first, the statement sounds trivial, vague and horribly ungenerous. Closer scrutiny will however reveal its realistic veracity. No matter how high are one's estimates of human stupidity, one is repeatedly and recurrently startled by the fact that:

a) people whom one had once judged rational and intelligent turn out to be unashamedly stupid.

b) day after day, with unceasing monotony, one is harassed in one's activities by stupid individuals who appear suddenly and unexpectedly in the most inconvenient places and at the most improbable moments.

The First Basic Law prevents me from attributing a specific numerical value to the fraction of stupid people within the total population: any numerical estimate would turn out to be an underestimate. 
This rigorously academic inquiry into the world of stupidity is worth reading through, if for no other reason that the powerful logic which supports the Fourth Law:
Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.
Finally, the unification offered by the Fifth Law would serve us all well, as we try to cope with the stupidity around (and within) us. Ergo: I am a dangerous man.

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