“I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells…” Dr. Seuss
I too, enjoy spoofs, goofs and plain old good-natured foolishness.
As do most of the people I like hanging with.
Yet, some people don’t understand the gap between nonsense and reason.
I thought, as a younger man, this was due to their lack of humor. Or, a case of time and place…
As in: wrong time & wrong setting.
If that’s so, and sometimes it is, who’s outta step in such a moment?
The person(s) instigating lightheartedness, or those deeming it inappropriate?
Perhaps both. Or… maybe neither.
Couldn’t it be an example of ignorance meeting ignorance?
Ignorance warrants forgiveness… if it’s merely an instance of something not-yet-known.
But, in a time of easily accessible knowledge, how long do we overlook ignorance?
Is ignorance ever an acceptable excuse?
One of my few rules of social behavior is: never make excuses and never explain myself.
After 43 years of marriage, I’ve broken that rule more often than, well, let’s just say the rule only counts outside the blissfulness of my home.
Yet, I do figure young people, who, without the benefits of hindsight and experience, have a reasonable excuse for ignorance; until they’ve lived long enough to realize they’ll never know anything for certain.
While most ignorance is without consequence, i.e. not knowing why the sky is blue;
…people whose ‘knowledge’ is based upon untested beliefs, unexamined traditions, and worse, propaganda; don’t they, at some point, step beyond ignorance;
…and enter into the realmdom of being another of those ‘dumb-as-dirt’ people who’ll most likely end up working at your local DMV office?
Ignorant and dumb aren’t one and the same.
Dumb is dumb. And, can’t be fixed.
Ignorance, once realized, and acted upon, has possibilities.
Unrealized ignorance is potentially dangerous!
The emotions of people, who don’t have the time or the inclination to dig below the surface, are generally responsive to simple solutions that have little chance for solving complex problems.
(Look no further than American politics.)
Ignorance isn’t bliss.
It’s an open door for manipulation and incompetence.
And, there’s a trend towards a world overly populated with such people.
This from Live Science:
“A growing body of psychology research shows that incompetence deprives people of the ability to recognize their own incompetence.
To put it bluntly, dumb people are too dumb to know it…”
The above quote was, based on part, from research done by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University.
After over 20 years of research, Dunning says his studies have consistently shown that:
“… people who don’t know much about a given set of cognitive, technical, or social skills tend to grossly overestimate their prowess and performance, whether it’s grammar, emotional intelligence, logical reasoning, firearm care and safety, debating, or financial knowledge…”
Given the vastness of knowledge and how our life span limits our time for learning;
At one time or another, each of us are ignorant and maybe dumb as dirt!
But, what a blessing it is to discover you’re ignorant and not just another dumba*s!
I guess the moral of our story is:
Truly stupid people, are those who’re too dumb to know they don’t know they’re stupid…
and not merely ignorant.
Kinda takes the sweet taste of calling someone stupid, right outta your mouth, doesn’t it?
Oh yeah, ‘Why Is The Sky Blue?
For the definitive answer, we have to learn about light waves and the Earth’s atmosphere.
But, here’s a short version. Click on this Link for the full story:
“…the daytime sky is blue because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun more than they scatter red light.
When we look towards the sun at sunset, we see red and orange colours because the blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight…”
But, what’a I know?
Nothing. New information floods upon me like the mighty Mississippi River flows over lower Louisiana…