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How to fix stupid

How to fix stupid
July 20, 2013, 12:05:33 PM
Here are five things we could do to try to change our current trajectory:

1. Stop subsidizing stupid; public policies and benefits must promote good choices and responsibility.

2. Be willing to stand by and watch people fail – with a humane safety net far below, of course.

3. Be open to serious education reform – and we’ve got to rethink everything, including school choice, parent/teacher accountability, and false self-esteem; not everybody deserves a trophy.

4. We need to stop ignoring, tolerating and even rewarding boorish, coarse, ignorant people and behavior.

5. As Superior Court Judge Danny Craig suggested in our Feb. 24 editorial, all of us should see ourselves as leaders and pick up our game in every facet of our lives.

Ultimately, it may matter less how smart humans are than how smart they act.


Re: How to fix stupid
July 20, 2013, 01:38:02 PM
We should all see ourselves as leaders?
That sort-of jars a little.
Very few of us have that kind of capability, unless the term 'leaders' has been redefined to refer to an ability to not walk under a train while listening to an iPod.

Re: How to fix stupid
July 20, 2013, 03:29:02 PM
Probably means seeing yourself as having some responsibility, for your fate and to those around you. Men are supposed to be leaders at least on the level of their families though. A father is a leader in his microcosm.

Re: How to fix stupid
July 21, 2013, 01:27:00 PM
You know, I really don't think you can fix stupid.
People either are, or aren't. They don't suddenly do a flip-flop.
And if you're looking hundreds of generations into the future, is that a fix?
Anyway, why would it matter?

Re: How to fix stupid
July 28, 2013, 05:13:28 PM
To lead one must also be able to follow.

When you see someone with greater skill or understanding than yourself, you shouldn't insist on doing things your own way. Just acknowledge the fact, and follow in his footsteps. Rebelling against the perfection of others is stupid.

I think there is great wisdom in knowing your place. The bad leader probably sees himself as the greatest leader of all. The true leader knows how to shut up and listen. The first doesn't know his place, wheras the latter does. The first is a blind man leading the blind, whereas the latter is perceptive of where he is going, and recognizes others headed for the same goal, who may be further down the road than himself.

We need more humility. Fuck pride.