244. All Fools’ Day

Tis’ the day we celebrate all the fools around the world, for our lives would be a lot less frivolous and, by extension, entertaining without them.

(kind of like how we have All Saints’ Day. Since the day before All Saints’ Day is Halloween – Hallows’ Eve – should March 31st be dedicated to celebrating intelligence all around the world?)

I’m not going to lie: I have a love-hate relationship with smart people, and a hate-love relationship with – since “stupid” might be politically incorrect and offensive – intellectually challenged people. I don’t think I’ve read a lot of articles on mankind’s greatest intellectual triumphs, but I have lost count of the number of posts I have read dedicated to the greatest fails committed by the denizens of the internet.

(to the uninformed: “failure” is different from “fail”, in that “failure”, by definition, is not accomplishing what you set out to do; while “fail” means not only have you not accomplished what you set out to do, you have actually succeeded in setting a new standard of failing)

It’s true. Stupid – I mean, intellectually challenged – people are entertaining. A little bit like how insane people are so much more entertaining than sane people. Stupid (because “intellectually challenged” is a hell of a phrase to keep on typing) people are not bound by the rules that keep smart people’s mouths shut. They don’t have the obligation to make sense, or to have the guise of intelligence. They just saw whatever comes to them.

Someone said that arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon: it might have lost, but it’s still going to strut all over the board, knocking over pieces, as though it had won. I don’t know about you, but I’d watch a chess game between a grandmaster and a pigeon over a game between two grandmasters any day.

It should be said that being clever is overrated. Many a clever person had tried, and failed, at being successful, especially in the entertainment business. I mean, just look at Hollywood – who needs to bother with a fact check when you can just make things up? Why make clever puns when people will laugh at someone slipping on a banana peel? Why be educated when the average person won’t be able to appreciate any of it?

(so you see the difference between entertainment value and admirability. When someone laments the lack of intelligent entertainment, remind them of the intelligence of the average person, and let it be known that “intelligent entertainment” is like “common sense” – people expect it to exist; but it doesn’t. Even if it does, it doesn’t exist in the way you think it does)

So this April 1st, let’s raise a glass for all the stupid people around the world – they may not be helping the human race progress a whole lot, but they sure make the journey entertaining and worthwhile. Here’s to all the fools around the world, and may they continue to bring us mirth, joy, and pitiful laughter.

Whether they realize they’re doing it or not.


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