I have found a new bible:

THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY

By Carlo M. Cipolla

“In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.”

The Laws of Stupidity. 

Basically the definition of stupidity is someone who causes  problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being.

Remeber that phrase. Someone who causes trouble for others Without benefits to themselves who lower society’s well-being.

Now when I read the news, I classify it as “Stupid actions, intelligent actions, Bandit actions, Helpless Survivor actions. (Read the article, or the essay, and you’ll see why.)

The author was very kind, and used gentle examples. I will not follow his lead. I really want to shove people’s noses in it, so here goes:

Republicans – CAN YOU HEAR ME? Those who vote against abortion – CAN YOU HEAR ME? Those who vote against Universal Healthcare – CAN YOU HEAR ME? Those who don’t believe in vaccinations – CAN YOU HEAR ME? Those who don’t believe in global warming, and who refuse to make the slightest effort at recycling -CAN YOU HEAR ME? Those who pollute, who throw their garbage on the ground, who toss their cigarettes in dry underbrush – CAN YOU HEAR ME?

Yes, I’m talking to you, stupid.

I’m sure you can think of other examples. But right now, I’m appalled at the amount of stupidity around me. The Good news is that Smart people can Offset the damage that Stupid people invariably cause. So please – BE SMART, and remember – if your actions cause harm to others without any benefit to yourself, you are STUPID. However, if your actions help others as well as helping yourself, then you are INTELLIGENT and I give thanks and applaud you.