"Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way."
Stupidipity is the complete opposite. John Cleese sums up the definition of stupidity in a way that even stupid people may have a chance at comprehending it:
"The problem with stupid people is that they are so stupid, that they have no idea how stupid they are. You see, if you're very, very stupid, how can you possibly realise that you're very, very stupid? Surely you have to be relatively intelligent to realise how stupid you are?
There's a wonderful bit of research conducted by a guy called David Dunning, who has pointed out that in order to know how good you are at something, requires exactly the same level of skills as it does to know that you are good at that thing, in the first place.
Which means that if you're absolutely no good at something whatsoever, then you lack exactly the skills you need to know that you are absolutely no good at it."
Now we have all come across this in some shape or form in this modern society in which we live. Take X-Factor, for example. Some participants absolutely, categorically, and beyond dispute, cannot sing a note. Yet they are so stupid that they do not know this, and are convinced beyond reasonable doubt, that they could be, and in some cases, would be the next X-Factor superstar. How can someone be that stupid? How can you not know you are not good at something?
Does this depend on your intelligence levels? Of course. Because if you had any intelligence at all, even just a modicum of it, then you would know that you are no good at whatever it is you're trying to do! However, it does of course make brilliant television viewing, and offers the rest of the world - with a modicum of intelligence - a benchmark against which to measure their own intelligence.
Result? Stupid people have a place in this world, after all.
They serve to make us feel better about ourselves. They help us feel intelligent, superior, and more successful. Imagine a world where there were no stupid people whatsoever. We'd be under fierce pressure to up our own games to keep up with the Joneses. So, inverto, stupid people allow us to take days off, to relax, to take time out, because we know we are not stupid, so therefore we can afford to relax without fear of the lesser beings catching us up anytime soon, and we safely maintain ourselves on the upper rungs of evolution. They are our benchmark for our own roles within society.
Now I am not sure if pure, undiluted stupidity in its finest form is a result simply of genetics, or a lack of education, or perhaps simply the inability to engage the ol' grey matter into some semblance of progress. Perhaps some brains are just not ever ignited, or fuelled up. Could this have to do with our food intake? DNA? Too much in-breeding? I don't have the answers. But boy, have I met some stupid people in my life. Or rather, people who have made very stupid mistakes. Or choices.
Language, and use of it, is a sure sign of someone's intelligence. I can forgive basic spelling mistakes, I do them myself. Even grammar mistakes. But when someone fails to have a grasp of the basics, I shake my head in amazement that they have survived thus far. Here are some errors taken from real CV's received by prospective employers:
The next level of stupidity, after language, is behaviour. I don't discriminate against anyone. I take everyone at face value, until such time as they reveal themselves to be assholes. And I am continuously fascinated at how people's minds work; how they treat other people, how they feel they can pull the wool over someone's eyes. Now, granted, there are some very intelligent conmen in the world, who have simply chosen to use their intelligence for the betterment of themselves at the cost to others. Those are automatically cast into the asshole pile, and forgotten about.
However, take Jackass, for example. Why? What would make someone sit at home and think up the most dangerous, ludicrous, and self-harming activities known to man? What is wrong with them? Is it Stupidity at full-throttle? Or are they so in need of attention that they allow themselves to be egged on by fellow-stupiditers? Where are the boundaries? The logic? More importantly, what are the rewards? In short, there aren't any. Other than watching in glee as their Youtube hit counters rise daily. "Hey, man, one million dudes have watched me set myself alight!". Alrighty, then. You little human fireball, you.
I think they are striving towards a Darwin Award, where some must behave, and ultimately die, by stupid behaviour in order that one less idiot survives, thus ensuring the long-term survival of the species.
Some people should just have "Insert Foot Here" tattooed above their lips. You know the ones. No matter how hard they try, they just don't manage to learn any common sense.
Take fat people who just can't understand why they are fat. Here's the revelation you've been waiting for: You Eat Too Much. It's not rocket science. No diet, or fad, or quickfix is going to make you lose weight. Movement is. Or less food. Get up. Get out. Walk. Eat well. If it's really what you want, of course.... you can also just stay exactly where you are, and have another packet of crisps. And if you're happy eating your crisps and staying just as you are, then what's the problem?
And of course, lest we forget, the Bible Punchers. Praise the Lord for all the good things in my life. Let's not praise the Lord for all the tragedy, hurt, starvation, deprivation and poverty - no, that's not my god's fault. Well, if the negatives aren't your god's fault, then surely by pure reasoning, the positives aren't either? Aren't they a compilation, rather, of choices, and co-incidences? And to put an end to all this malarkey about your life being charted out, and fate, and it's God's Will, let me ask you this: if YOU were God - and assuming now that you are All Good and stuff - would YOU not make sure that all the negative sufferings of people around the globe were obliterated? Of course you would. But it's easier to lay praise, and blame, at another's feet rather than face up to the reality of Life:
Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit fuck-all.
Ain't that the truth. You make your own way in this world; no one owes you anything at all. You could live seventy years on this planet and not make the slightest impact at all; or you could live thirty and be remembered for the good work you did. It doesn't cost money to be decent, and kind, and honest, and loyal. These are attributes of behaviours you are free to choose from. So if you choose to be bad, then you need to take the consequences for your actions. Because D-Day will come. It might not involve a man in a white cloak on Judgement Day - but then again: it might.
I watch youngsters on a daily basis flailing about in a pointless, directionless manner. I speak to people regularly who are lost, confused, hurt and befuddled by this world. And I can't help but wonder, what are you waiting for? Intelligence comes from opening the mind. From using the eyes in your head to absorb, and process, information that surrounds you constantly. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, ever. So the only thing you can really control are the choices you make today - these choices will lay the foundation of the tomorrow you'll experience, if you're privileged enough to see it.
For the assholes out there? I'm afraid there's no cure for that. That's an inherent kind of stupidity and ignorance for which there is no known cure.
Herbert Spencer coined the phrase "Survival of the Fittest", after studying Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and perhaps stupidity has, in fact, its own purpose here: to eradicate the weaker species in order for the stronger to survive.
But in order for that to happen, more stupid people need to abound.
And I don't think there's any fear of us running out of those quite yet.