As with most of my musings, this one stems from interactions with "people" on the Internet. I grew up in a rather small community of around 500 or so people which dwindled instead of growing over time. As a result I could usually just avoid stubborn people that had minds so closed its a wonder they didn't asphyxiate. My arrival online really allowed me to gain a greater perspective on the diversity of people out there, or more accurately the lack thereof. There seems to only be a few different types of people in the world. Mainly idiots, but also some people with a simple lack of knowledge. This mild revelation led me to make these observation.
There's a large difference between
stupidity and lack of knowledge. Someone with a lack of knowledge can
always learn, provided they're not too stubborn to do so. Stupid people
can't think for themselves. They can only regurgitate the information
that's been hammered into them. They also seem incapable of actually
learning, and get insanely defensive if someone tries to correct the
faulty information that was forced into their narrow little minds
Those with lack of knowledge generally have
adaptive brains, whereas stupid people have static programming. If you
try to correct a stupid person their programming can't take it. They
lock up and become defensive.
Religious people seem to be more
akin to the latter than the former and usually come off as a more
pretentious form of it. Barring some kind of traumatic life experience
that forces them to convert, they are usually programmed from a very
young age so as not to question the legitimacy of their forced beliefs.
Upon trying to discuss existential matters with them they stop
thinking and revert to their programming, spouting words like "sinner" and "blasphemy". They are incapable of
objective or critical thinking and become defensive as though looking at
life from a different point of view would corrupt them or, in all
actuality, free them from their brainwashing.
There are just too many idiots on this planet and first world conditions have made it way to easy for them to continue living and breed. Forgoing a rant about how we're doomed as a result, I'll just say that we shouldn't start caring about the murder rate until well after it's exceeded the birth rate.