Unfortunately, most people choose to be.
Apologies for the cliché title. For once, I thought of going retro, like giving a new life to an old cliché, just for the kicks of it. Doesn't sound all that bad.
I wonder if it is just me or if people really do not realize how stupid they have become. (Yes, this is going to be a rant, one you may not like if you are stupid. You have been warned.) All those vacation photos Mr X posted with his wife in skimpy skirts and dresses (since you don’t get too many chances of wearing those where you currently live). Yeah, made my day. For nothing makes your day like seeing some poorly clicked photos of an apparently scenic place — though I won’t really know much about the scenery because I din’t get to see much of it. All I did get to see were your drinks, your selfies, your hotel room balcony, your awful fashion sense etc. Basically, the photos could have been taken any bloody where in the world. The photos would look the same — with one common denominator of your selfies with your feigned camera smile.
Oh, and the captions. How can I miss those. Singular and plural. Past tense, present tense, future tense, articles — all these things have become passée. English language as it exists today is Languish — lame English. Only some purists and editors languish over the degradation of English to Languish. The others just enjoy the ride. Commas and semicolons are a thing of the previous century; we don’t really need those any more as there isn't enough room in people’s brains for all the other rules of the language, so why cram it up with all the punctuation marks. Creates even more room for error.
I thought that the stupidity was limited to social media. As far as I understand, the whole of social media is a scam — it is a place where your entire thinking trend is aimed at “appearing” one way or the other to your readers — if any. You try to look like you are smart, successful, rich, show off your wife/car, or how you care about a “cause” but can’t be bothered to give up your non veg. You loooooowe animals, but can’t be bothered to share or like a post about what non veg does to animals — and your fellow humans; you’d rather act like you don’t see anything, hear anything, and ofcourse, daren’t say anything because you know you are a non vegetarian & you don’t want to be exposed as a hypocrite so obviously. You are trying to maintain a good image of yourself here, please. That’s what social media is supposed to be, no? Easy peasy? Come to think of it, I think Gandhi was rather stupid too, trying to inspire men to act like three dumb, deaf, blind monkeys! I thought humans were more evolved versions of monkeys. Yet, here is a leader of the nation, telling us to go backwards and be monkeys again, since we apparently don’t have enough of those already.
The CXO Syndrome
And the professional networks. I thought the whole point of that was to find jobs and hire people. It defeated my imagination to think of what else that could possibly be for. I think I’m not imaginative enough. So now you share the same trash there too, only in a more “professional language” — Panguish — robed in coats and fancy suits. Panguish is the version of Languish that is spoken when wearing “formals” — expensive suits and coats and skirts. It gives the purists and the grammarians pangs to see a new dialect of Languish not only sprouting up but blooming on. That is just an indication that Languish is gaining more and more ground with every passing day. Panguish is spoken by Co-founders, CEO’s, CBO’s CFO’s, CCO’s, … basically add any letter between C and O. That makes your job title. It sounds fancy, hep & in line with the latest fashion trends when it comes to job titling. Initially, I thought people put in a whole lot of thought into creating a job title. Either I was wrong before or it is too run-of-the-mill now. Just add any unused letter between C and O, and there you go. Next.. ? So all the professional networks have two goals: fancy job titles (since other social networks are supposed to be “cool” and don’t include that) and promoting Panguish.
So, going back to what I was saying — all of social media is a scam. Some smartass realized that people are not happy with the way they are, with who they are, and have an immense neeeeeed to show themselves as something else — something bigger, better — to the world so they can (fake) feel good about themselves. The same someone saw a big business opportunity there, and made the most of it. Since the whole day people just see others posting all this stuff about how awesome they are, they feel mortified, and hence join the gang, just to show how awesome they are. No one wants to miss this bus.
And, ofcourse, that is how you convert a whole chunk of humanity into a different species — the creed of people that shall, in a few years, be called as homo stupidus.
I thought that the problem was limited to social media. But it really is not. I was appalled to know that.
The other day I was sitting in a bus, while it poured outside. The bus was dripping — water was dripping from the ceiling of the bus. A few seats in ahead of mine, a fattish man entered the bus and wanted to get to the window seat, while the aisle seat was occupied by another fattish man. The second fattish man just turned around, clutching on to his laptop bag, pretending that there is enough space for the first fattish man to pass through. I watched in amazement. After a few seconds of tussle, it dawned on the second fattish man that he was fattish and that the first man was also fattish. Hence, there was not enough space for the first fattish man to pass through without rubbing him in the face with his wet laptop bag, with a laptop in it. He got up, with much reluctance and awkwardness, almost scared of losing his seat. He heaved down on the seat again, when the first fattish man had passed through. I thought I saw him wiping his brow. He couldn’t have been sweating? Was getting up so much work? Then I realized — the bus ceiling was dripping.
Then there are the shops and the people who are supposed to help you find stuff in shops. I’m surprised we still have those — shops & people helping you in shops, I mean. By surprised, I mean that I really don’t see any reason for why we still have those. I’m not a shopaholic. That would just make me stupid, duh. But yes, once in a while I do need to buy stuff since my old stuff breaks or stops working. It is annoying — buying things. It fills your house with stuff; stuff that you don’t know what to do with once it stops working. I have two old phones lying around in my desk drawer and as soon as I figure out what to do with those, I will write a new blog post about it. Currently, making a mural of all the broken stuff is ranking pretty high on my list of possible things to do with stuff that’s broken. But, about shops. I bolt into a shop, find a fawning shop attendant ask me what I want. I tell him — I need a flip cover for a Lenovo 6000. “No ma’am, we don’t have those.” I need a black ink cartridge for my Epson printer. “Sorry ma’am, we don’t have those either.” Brains? “No ma’am, we are sure our store doesn’t keep any of those either.”
I, sometimes also, to my embarrassment, feel like buying a certain kind of clothing. For example, I wanted to buy something in denim — a dress. I am very specific about what I do and don’t want. It saves time. I walk into a shop, and there is this lady who keeps dogging my footsteps. “I’ll call you when I need your help,” I say, with a forced smile. She forces a smile back at me, with a vapid expression. Heard that too many times? Not sure what that means? Both, probably. She continues to follow me and make irrelevant suggestions about what I can and should buy. No thanks, I don’t want a black dress, I have seven of those. No thanks, I don’t need a skirt. No thanks, I… actually, I don’t think you have what I want. “What would that be ma’am?” Ever heard of this thing called intelligence? Yeah, I guessed not.
People Suffer Because They Are Stupid
Stupidity is so rampant nowadays that it is almost like a condition, more severe than ADHD. It turns out ADHD wasn’t really a proper condition. Someone got medicine all wrong, eh? In a world so infested with stupidity, a slight deviation from normal (read dumb), would definitely be a “condition” for the stupid, no? Well, in my opinion, the real conditions healthcare professions should be worried about are addiction to social media, talking too much, buying too much, socializing too much and cribbing too much about your idiotic job, combined with showing off about the same job on social media. It is going to lead to serious health issues in the future. I haven’t as yet been able to figure out what will be the nature of these health conditions, but I am completely, utterly certain that they will be severe and will have a common factor attached to them — stupidity. Science is yet to catch up, I know. When it does, they will realize that the biggest reason for why people suffer is because they are stupid. And the cure is rather simple: choose intelligence. You can thank me later, I’m not in a hurry.