What is ths post about – blaming the dump? No it’s not. It’s just there to show and discuss a problem of our modern world. Mankind dumbifactes. Actually this is not a new problem but in nature it was self regulating until some 100 years. You now, in nature, everything is about competetion somehow. This was just formed by the process of evolution so only the best fitting genes were able to survive. If there was a mutation, it was either a benefit or it was a drawback. If it was a drawback it would lead to a early death so the gene-sequence was not passed on. While in its essence this is pure nature – and also was the reason why humans raised – it is not longer true for humans. We just don’t care about good or bad assessments – everyone is euqal. Which is a nice thing, when taliking about humanity, but is also completely eliminating the process of evolution. Actually it is anti-evolutionary because we will not improve, but degrade in our genetic capabilities. But we are human and we just cannot work in any other way, it would be absolutely cruel to not heal any disadvantages, so there is actuall no way around this as long as we feature humanity and empathy 🙂
Whatever, while this is something we cannot really change, there is something we should change. The Nanny Syndrom – “safing the dumbest” syndrom. This is just not necessary. Let me explain this in a hopefully more political correct style:
Why do we actually have to warn people, that the content of e freshly ordered cup of coffee is hot
I mean, really? Has it come that far already? When I was younger, and I had my thoughts somewhere else and for whatever reason have completely forgotten about just ordered a coffee and also have forgotten completely my whole knoweledge of physics and were accidentally unaware that my first nip will burn my lips .. well. I would have learned from that and wouldn’t do it another time, because I know it burned my lips and this hurts and I was dump. I woud accept that and also silently would have improved my brain – woohoo! Learning by doing! I actually never would read the text on the cup – and I don’t know anyone who would actually do that .. so I really don’t get the point.
Maybe it is because when some dump people burn their mouth by hot coffee and get angry and want to blaim the barkeeper for giving them that damn hot coffee (instead of admitting that they are just too dump) – the barkeeper may just be happy to point to the warning and telling, that you were warned.
But the world is actually also full of Nanny-Laws.
- Don’t run again this wall
- Do not look in the fron barrel of a machine gun
- Don’t jump off the cliff
And all those dumb warnings we all now and we see everywhere nowdays. What if, we would just remove all those signs and let the evolution decide? Like it was 50 years ago? Back the days if you were an idiot and you jumped off a cliff you died. Problem solved. If you bang your head against a wall and get injured, well – lesson learned (hopefully), many people just need that lessons to actually get better humans. I have learned a LOT of things by actually trying and failing. Warnings signs wouldn’t be of any help – we just DO want to learn. Also if we see someone banging his head against a wall – and we know that his is just a bad idea – we call him an idiot (and actually he is one) – but would’ve a sign stopped him bannging is head against the wall? Maybe he just don’t trust the sign or he have no idea of density and hardness of reinforced concrete. I mean it could be.
Also we try so hard to make our world “usable” by even the dumbest person. Like letting them drive a car. You know, those peoples who are just dangerous when in front of you. Those who have the great idea of driving the highway in the wrong direction, crossing intersections without looking or have absolutely no idea what the hell this indicator lights are supposed to do. If you have a driving license yourself, I’ll bet you have seen such dangerious idiots. If not, you may start to think about if you are one ..
I’ve seen people entering an intersection without any awareness of other traffic, forcing me to break hard and then they relaize too late and start winking me (like: “Hello, sorry, I am a complete idiot”. I alos have to say, if you look at some “road/intersection design adventures” you really can’t stop to facepalm yourself while asking which idiot had that idea. There are some examples, where I just cannot believe that the guy who thought out that must have been sleeping or on drugs. When it’s built, there will be accidents, just because the design is so bad. Their reaction? Plotting some dozen Speed Bumps or lowering the Speed Limit to 5 km/h. That will actually not help anything in particular, but they think they had done everything they could.
But are people recognizing what I say at all? I remember there was this one video, where a family father joined a road without looking, right before another car passed by that intersection. The video goes to slow-mo/freezes in time and than you see that father recognizing that he will die now. The other car was actually driving travelling speed on an open road with sight of over 1km .. so I would not blame him for being too fast, he just did nothing wrong, he just did not expect that an idiot will join the road right in front of him breaking every road rule we know.
But guess what! People commented, that someone should not drive that fast (because their could be idiot.. oh, wait, “mistakes” happen). They even don’t blame the father for being incapable of using a road properly. He risks his life and the life of his child, maybe the lives of others as well. But people blamed to faster driver (without child) – it is that easy to manipulate the crowd – people are just not able to think by theirselfs any more I fear.
I also have to admit that years ago you would just not been confronted with that – you would just not know, because there was hardly any internet and all you know was from news or from friends. Normally you have friends which are quite similar in thinkings. Nowadays with Facebook and all that you are much more likely seeing how easy people get manipulated and how less they actually invest into building their mind.
As an end note, please consider, that this post may be very one-sided 🙂