Common sense will mark you as the enemy.
Think that’s an exaggeration? Look at the things that are commonly held to be Indisputable Truths by our so-called betters:
- Our differences are our strength! Actually, differences divide us and tear us apart. Focusing on our similarities would actually be more beneficial. But say that, and you’re some kind of -ist.
- Both sides are the same! Be in the center! Yet if both sides are the same, you not only absolve yourself of the responsibility of choosing a side, you likely just want to be perceived as being “above it all” without actually having to commit to anything. No skin in the game!
- Debt is good for the economy! On what planet does this make sense? Oh, right. We don’t live on earth any more. We live in Clown World.
- Win war through unilateral disarmament. Find me one time in the entirety of human history where this has actually worked and then I’ll change my stance.
- Double standards are the only way to correct past wrongs! This is so destructive, the only logical assumption is that the people who agree with this sentiment aren’t stupid: They’re just blatant liars. Double standards are killing us.
The latest bout of public idiocy, and the thing that started this train of thought, is outrage at the Attorney General’s use of the term “Anglo-American heritage” when talking about the office of the sheriff.
The office of “sheriff” is not only Anglo idea, the term is an Anglo word (“shire” + “reeve” elided over the centuries to become “sheriff”). The office of sheriff was adopted in America thanks to the fact that America was a colony founded by individuals of primarily Anglo-Saxon descent. But hey, why let truth get in the way of a good diatribe? Racist!
Most of these ridiculous truths are, on their face, absurd and demonstrably false. But we are operating in this weird epoch where, in order to be thought of as “intelligent,” one must adopt idiotic positions.
This stems from a condition I like to call Intellectual Inadequacy. This phenomenon typically afflicts midwits!
Akin to Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s IYI (intellectual yet idiot), midwits are people just smart enough to know they’re not average, but they know they’re not geniuses either. This bothers them.
There are plenty of us who aren’t geniuses (*raises hand*), but the true and committ r midwit lacks that crucial component that even many on the low-end of the intellect scale possesses–humility.
In other words, the midwit refuses to admit that he or she doesn’t know something. And lastly, this person operates not in the good-faith spirit of actually figuring out the truth, but of adopting beliefs and positions that they think intelligent people adopt in order for other people to think they’re smart.
There’s also an underlying misapprehension that the simple answer to something is somehow simplistic. It is not. Sometimes, the simple answer is the answer. Why? Because it just is. That the funny thing about truth: It doesn’t care what you wish it was. It just is.
Much of what you see in modern life suddenly makes so much sense when viewed through this lens. Journalism, politics, celebrities…these people often feature their hurt and insecurities in order to get sympathy and attention instead of actually acquiring wisdom. They just want to be liked.
The shame is that their poor decisions ruin things for the rest of us.