"People Are Idiots"Submitted by Jao171 on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:32
It’s a phrase that gets tossed around rather nonchalantly, and just about any situation can justify it.
A traffic jam. “These people are idiots!”
A long line at the grocery store “OMG these people are such idiots!”
And every so often, in political debate. “Yes, I understand your ideas about X, but people are idiots, so therefore we need to maintain system Y.”
This is a major mental obstacle that anyone wishing to advance the ideas of liberty, or advance the ideas of anything, must overcome and dispel in their own minds. It is dangerous, and illogical.
If “people are idiots”, and you are a singular “people” – a person – then by that logic you too must be an idiot. And why would anyone listen to an idiot?
Of course, the user of the phrase isn’t referring to people like him. No, he’s talking about some mysterious tribal “other people” that seemingly inhabit the entire planet, yet never include this user, his immediate family or inner circle of friends. They are the smart ones – it’s those other people who are the idiots!