Some things are able to so unsettle one that one’s entire outlook on the world changes, even if only in a small way. It’s almost as if while minding your own business, someone whispers to you, “Say, you know how pretty much everyone else has become a zombie?” And then you look around, and for the first time you notice that everyone is bluer than you remembered, and they’re all muttering something about brains. OK, maybe that’s too earth-shattering. Perhaps today was the first time you noticed that you have six fingers on each hand, and everyone else has five.
Well, after a series of events recently, many of which involve our younger government ministers, I have been awoken to the possibility that large numbers of people — perhaps a sizeable majority — are enormously stupid. I hate to say it, because it sounds like I imagine myself to be clever or something, and I have always been of the opinion that one should refrain from calling someone stupid just because one is unable to understand where they’re coming from. All of that is being shaken at its foundations right now. Continue reading