Cure For Stupidity

The Daily Post asked, is there a cure for stupidity?

If you had a million dollars to reduce stupidity where you live, how would you spend it?


Oh, my. It would take more than a million dollars to cure stupidity, that’s for sure. It would take more than the national deficit, and even then, I’m not sure that it could be done.

Alright, for the sake of argument, let’s say I had unlimited resources to cure stupidity. The real question is, would it be a good idea? There’s a an old Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode –I’m not sure which–where everyone’s IQ is increased tenfold. It’s starts out great. Everyone’s smarter now and science is making progress by leaps and bounds. Cancer is cured, along with all the other problems of mankind. But, eventually, the people who used to fix the sewers and clean the floors, don’t want to do it anymore. They want to science themselves up, too. These sewer fixers and floor cleaners stop doing their jobs and society falls to ruin. The end.

The point of that episode of that show I’m too lazy to look up is, would it even be a good idea to cure stupidity? To be honest, I think it’s sort of mean to floor cleaners and sewer fixers since it implies that they’re only doing it because they’re unintelligent. Maybe floor cleaners just enjoy the satisfaction of hard work and the tangible result of having clean floors?

The problem is that no one thinks they’re stupid. It’s just like the ‘how would you survive the zombie apocalypse?’ scenario. Whenever people are asked what they would do in the event of zombies, they’ll immediately start talking about where they would go, what kind of weapons and supplies they would need, etc. At least, they would if they’re anything like my friends. The thing is, if there was a real zombie outbreak, statistically speaking, most of us would be zombies, not the ones killing them. Stupidity works the same way. No one thinks they’re stupid. When you ask how you would cure stupidity, people start talking about the idiots who are lower on the totem poll than they are without even considering that maybe they’re a zombie themselves.

As much as I’d like to eradicate stupidity in this world, I just don’t think it’s feasible or even necessarily a good idea. Everyone, no matter how stupid, adds something to this world, even if its just pointing and laughing at their stupidity. Besides, there’s just no way to segregate the stupid from the non-stupid since we are all stupid from time to time. We all make stupid choices and say stupid things, no matter how smart we are. Instead, I’d take that million dollars you’re offering, buy a piece of land somewhere in Montana or something, build myself a nice armory and castle and live out the rest of my days free from all stupidity save my own.