Bob Wallace, one of the internet’s great curmudgeons, recently listed what he calls “The Laws of Stupidity.”
Bob wasn’t joking around. Here’s his list…
1. You blame all of your problems on someone else. In other words, you never take responsibility for your own life.
2. You never learn from your mistakes.
3. You talk or act without thinking.
4. You think that what you feel is what is right.
5. You believe you are rational and logical, even though you consistently operate by Law #4.
6. You refuse to listen to good advice.
7. You don’t know you’re stupid. In fact, you think you’re smart.
8. You can’t tell when someone is smarter than you and almost always think you’re smarter than they are.
9. You can have a high IQ and still be stupid.
10. The stupid are always really surprised when they end up in prison or when someone kills them.
Bob sums up his Laws of Stupidity this way:
“Stupid people blame their problems on other people, they never learn from their mistakes, they think and act impulsively, they always think they’re right, they think they are logical and rational, they don’t know they’re stupid, they think they’re smarter than other people, they don’t listen to good advice, and they’re amazed when they get caught.”
So whad’ya think?
Maybe none of those laws reflect you directly.
But I’ve gotta admit — I’m guilty of sometimes falling prey to a few of them.
Easiest thing in the world is to blame somebody else for what’s not working in my life.
Easiest thing in the world is for me to ignore good advice.
Easiest thing in the world is for me to think I’m the sharpest knife in the drawer when I’m not.
Anyway, I’m sticking these Laws of Stupidity on my bathroom mirror, just to keep me on my toes.
Maybe you’ll wanna do the same.
Oh, by the way, you might be wondering if there are Laws of Smartness.
Sure there are.
They’re the exact opposite of the Laws of Stupidity.
“Stupid is as stupid does.” — Forest Gump