Metaphysics and Stupidity  

jrb6955 59M
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8/21/2006 8:43 pm

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11/4/2006 10:48 am

Metaphysics and Stupidity

To preface this post, I must refer you to another blog entry I happened to catch this morning entitled [post 477316] in tracy_de_lacy by tracy_de_lacy. She points out an instance of mass stupidity on the part of air travelers. I have to agree with her that it is ridiculous that people continue to show up at airports with items in their carry-ons which they are no longer permitted to bring onto a plane in their carry-ons. Every news outlet in the Western world seems to have run an unending stream of stories on what items have been banned in carry-on luggage. How is it possible that so many people could have missed this information?

Of course, stupidity is not limited to air travelers. All one has to do is review the annual Darwin Awards and the stories about stupid criminals to know that stupidity is all around us.

So, if the basis of existence is, as Descartes hypothesized, "I think, therefore I am," then do stupid people really exist? Don't you know someone who is always doing something stupid? Ever ask yourself if they were for real? If Descartes was right about the basis of existence and reality, then maybe they do not truly exist, but are mere figments of our imagination. Just something to ponder. Of course this only applies to other people who do something stupid, not to ourselves when we do something stupid. After all, we know that we exist; or do we?

rm_aWench4U 62M/62F
741 posts
8/21/2006 9:56 pm

"Life is hard; it's harder when you're stupid."

Nuff said?

Remember the past but do not dwell there.
Face the future where all our hopes stand.


jrb6955 replies on 8/22/2006 5:47 am:
It is also embarrassing when you do something stupid, and we all are guilty of doing something stupid at some point in time (just human nature). I remember as a child, sitting out on the curd with my brother and some of our friends when the lady across the street came out and load her children into her car. There were two cars parked in her driveway, one behind the other, and she was loading the children into the first car. She then went back into the house for a moment, and we just assumed she was going back to get the keys to move the car which was blocking her way. But when she came back, she got into the car she had placed the children in and started the engine. Needless to say, she backed into her other car (fortunately, not hard enough to cause any damage). We were just staring in disbelief. She was obviously embarrassed when she got out of the car, particularly when she realized that she had an audience. Such instances of "stupidity" arise more from absentmindedness (of which we are all prone to at one time or another), than actual intellectual "stupidity," just as the airport example is more the result of people thinking the rules do not apply to them. In both instances, however, the "stupid" action is the result of the person not thinking through what they are doing, which made me think of Descartes and his philosophy of the basis of existence. When looking at Descartes in this context, it presents some humorous and thought provoking questions, does it not?

HotTXpussy4U 49F

8/22/2006 8:52 pm

I fly all the time - - and I'm an ideal passenger... by the time I'm up there to get scanned and prodded...I'm butt naked...LOL

jrb6955 replies on 8/22/2006 9:09 pm:
Great one. LMAO.

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