May 04, 2004

I've got nothin'

But, I've kinda made a promise to myself that I would post something every day, so I guess I'll just ramble at the keyboard and see what comes out.

I've had an idea about a post that I wnated to put up, but I just can't seem to get it fleshed out so that it says exactly what I want it to. I've titled it "Lowest Common Denominator", because I wanted to point out how rules are being written for people well below that station.

The biggest problem has been trying to come up with the "ideal" situation that really drives the point home. There's just too many things out there that this applies to. Warnings on coffee mugs and superman capes, bicycle helmets, gun laws, taxes, anti-war nuts, the media, the list just goes on and on.

I read a report (sorry I lost the link) that stated that the average IQ for citizens in the United States is 98. This is by no means a low number, and nothing to get all pissed off about. However, we are creating rules and policies that appear to be using a baseline IQ of 48. Why on Earth are we doing this? I think it's all about where you put the emphasis, Lowest instead of Common.

This trend is very disquieting to me. As we continue to roll over to every idiot out there who does something stupid, we are gradually dumbing down our society. If some kid jump off a building because he thinks his Superman cape gives him the ability to fly, I say fine. Thank you very much for getting out of the gene pool before you had a chance to procreate. I do believe in Darwinism, as it is so easy for me to see that it works.

So, now that we are putting all these foolish rules in place (and in my experience people on the lower levels of intelligence follow them without question), we are ensuring that these folks neither A) are pushed to raise their lot in life by making a few mistakes and actually learning something, nor B) making sure that these people don't spread their flawed genes and become a larger portion of the population at large. We are keeping these folks in the population, and by doing that we are gradually making the citizenry (taken as a whole) more stupid.

I'd like to be able to stop this slide I see going on, but I don't hold out much hope. I'm not sure when we will hit a critical mass, but the more I read the news, I fear that we are danger close, and may be already over the line. There are so many people out there that are afraid to think for themselves, so afraid to fuck up once in awhile, that they just lemming right along. I can't stand being around that type of person, but we all are forced to be around them.

Maybe we can all pull together and turn this thing around. Bloggers seem to be showing the way out of this downfall. I'll keep doing my part, you all do yours.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at May 4, 2004 11:32 PM

I've often said we need to ship off all the stupid people (or I suppose, according to your data, those with IQ's of 48 and below) to an island somewhere, and therefore we needn't worry about them breeding with other, higher-intelligence life forms. At some point, I think we would end up with a society with a migh higher average IQ.

Not to mention many, many, many fewer frivolous lawsuits (such as the ones that preceeded warnings on coffee cups, etc...)

Posted by: Nee at May 5, 2004 03:58 PM

Hi there Nee,

Although, shipping all of them off to a desert island sounds like a good idea, I don't think it's too practical. The main thing is that I don't ever want to see anyone allowed to have enough power to decide who should stay or go.

I just want to delegitimize their stupidity. If we get rid of all the warnings for idiots, then natural selection will deal with them as it always has. Currently we are halting the natural order of things by letting the inmates run the asylum.

Thanks for commenting, and come back often.

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