You know about the Darwin Awards? The stories of people who are lowering the gene pool and should have been weeded out by evolution? Mostly things like attaching helium balloons to your lawn chair and once airborne a thousand feet, wondering how you’re going to get down. We can laugh about them, but still such people vote.
But as I mentioned a few blogs back (Institutional Lunacy), the lowering of human intelligence seems to be proceeding at an epidemic rate. But instead of being confined to the crazies on the fringe of society, it’s rising to people who get headline news and are making arguments in front of the Supreme Court. And it’s no comfort to me that it’s not only Republican Americans who are afflicted with the disease of inflated stupidity, but people in the news worldwide. Consider these four headlines:
• Promiscuous women cause earthquakes, Iran cleric says.
• VHP leader links Nepal earthquake to “beef eating.”
• Texas GOP lawmaker: What is going on in Baltimore (riots) is because of too many gay marriages.
• Gays cause the death of a million unborn children.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are the stories I heard yesterday about the two gay dads objecting to their child singing “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” in school and another Mom insisting that “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” be banned from the school song list because it was once used in minstrel shows. And all prepared to bring their lawyers into the conversation. Not quite as extreme, but related to the fear that children singing a song with the word “beer” will promote alcoholism or a song about the poppy flower will certainly lead to a heroin habit.
When I was in high school, we had to take a course called “Logic.” Maybe it’s time to bring that back. Meanwhile, just to be on the safe side, stay away from promiscuous gay women who eat beef.