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Being Stupid Isn't Easy! You Could Be Their Next Victim

Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.


An exclamation of frustration

An exclamation of frustration

This is my Rant! So stop here and move on if your skin is thin!

This article is a sarcastic Rant!

But it's something that I just have to put out there; if for no other reason than to clear the Bile from my Mind!.

When I was a kid, I remember my Dad saying; Opinions are worth just about what you pay for them, Son! Now, I know he didn't come up with this homily but he is the one who first put this fact of life into my mind.

And, before you rad any further, my occasional rants are just that, MY OPINION! I have no desire to write something here that you, the reader likes or dislikes. It is a Rant!

So, if you disagree with what I have to say here, or take umbrage at some part of what I say, then I apologize ahead of time and again, turn the page to something more entertaining written by someone more acceptable than myself.

You see, in my opinion, when you are writing something spontaneous like a Rant, you can't be as aware of other's sensibilities the way you can when creating a well thought out article on an important subject.

In this article, I get to rant about a few of the truly stupid things I have seen in my 5-plus years as a Hubber.

If you are not inclined to see this as being totally ME, then please move on, right now!

Perhaps i should use such words or phrases as; Vent my feelings, or Purge myself of my bad feelings, or Just let it out, or some other thing that makes what i am going to write more palatable to my readers.

But, on second thought, NO!

Make no mistake, this is a personal RANT from the heart of DON BOBBITT!

Stupidity is boundless!

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"

— ALbert Einstein

Stupidity rears its head almost predictably.

You see, once, in my more innocent years, I was very complacent and even understanding of those others in our population who, seem to be doing and saying such obviously Stupid things and seemingly not know any better.

Now, decades later, being in my Senior years, and having a lot broader collection of life experiences, realize that there really are a lot of Stupid people in this world of ours.

These are people who actually have something missing in their psyche!

By that I mean, where the normal or average, or healthy human brain might tell a person something is, say dangerous; there are a select few who can look at the same situation and tell themselves, "Oh No, I can do this with no problem!".

When I grew up, my parents, Uncles Aunts and others that I learned from, simply called such people, Stupid.

That was OK to say back then. The world and our society was much simpler then.

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But today, I'm sure that right now there is some group or person is just waiting for me to distribute this article about "Stupid" people so they can protest my cruel and inhumane thoughts.

Well, so be it!

It's a Brain - Use It!

It's amazing how many people seem to have lived for decades without using their brain at all.

It's amazing how many people seem to have lived for decades without using their brain at all.

Stupid and Smart can coexist.

Again, this is my Rant, and it's about certain STUPID people. So, Names have been eliminated to protect some of the truly Stupid people I have known over the years!

Come on, it's not so bad being Stupid. I know of several people who have survived in this world of ours for decades while being certifiably stupid.

In fact, there are stupid people who are surviving quite well in every walk of life.

There are stupid professors as well as stupid factory workers, and of course stupid Cops, Crooks, Bankers, Salespeople, and more out there. Stupidity knows no genetic bounds as to whom it attacks.

Strangely, for some strange reason, Politics draws more than its share of stupid people. They are everywhere, waiting for an opportunity to exhibit their abject stupidity.

Be Smart, that's easy

Can you be smart and Stupid at the same time? Of course you can. Take for example Doctors, they have to study for years and the strongest skill for a Doctor is the ability to memorize enormous amounts of data.

Doctors must memorize every part of the body, all of the potential diseases and illnesses a person can contract, as well as how to treat them and the drugs that can be used for treatment. And, their ability tor remember all of this often drives life-threatening decisions.

But, Just because a Doctor has such a great memory does not imply that they are omnipotent. In fact, I am walking proof that a Doctor can be smart and Stupid at the same time. twenty years ago, I had a sinus infection, and my family doctor ran tests on me for weeks while putting me on certain drugs.

Long story short, here; He took Urine tests every week, but we found out later that he never read them. "He was too Busy". Me, I was in Kidney failure, and actually had a disease that wiped out my Kidneys and put me in the position of requiring a transplant.

He was to busy! My life changed forever.

So, you can be a very smart, stupid person.

Stupid is not an actual Disease

You can't catch Stupid.

And I have, after years of observation, determined that Stupid is not a disease.

You can't catch it from someone when you kiss them or shake hands with them, or if they cough on you. So, If I have scared you a little by now, relax, you can kiss or shake the hand of a stupid person and not turn permanently Stupid yourself. Unless you are already so inclined.

I know that makes some of you feel a little better.

We can always hope it's a genetic thing, but i seriously doubt it. If stupidity was genetic, there would be hope that we could alter a stupid persons DNA and make them a "cured" stupid person.

Maybe then there would be an SA organization where you get a coin you carry with you, that you can take out and show people how many days it has been since you last did something stupid.

But even that might not work.

I mean think about it, if you gave a stupid person a bottle of pills and they had to take one pill each day to "not be Stupid" can you really count os such a stupid person to actually admit they are stupid and take the darn pill? I think not!

Oh well, so much for DNA modifications or pills for Stupidity.

The Peter Principle at work

You must have noticed that there are so many stupid people who have risen through the rank and file to positions of power around the world. We used to have an explanation for this phenomenon.

It was called "The Peter Principle"

The Peter Principle states that "everyone eventually rises to their own personal level of incompetence."

In other words, regardless of whether you are a factory worker, an Engineer, a Lawyer, a manager in a corporation, or a Politician; whatever; you will doo well in your job and you will be promoted.

In fact at every level of responsibility you accept, if you do well, you will be promoted to a higher level. But, once you reach a level where you are not doing you job well, you will have reached your personal level of incompetence. And, you will stay at this level for the rest of your carer.

That, my friends is the Peter Principle.

And, if you stop and think about some of your coworkers, now and in your past, you can probably come up with your own list of people who had or have responsible jobs but seemed to be really bad at that job, right?

They are examples of the Peter Principle at work.

The Peter Principle explained

That's Right! No Conspiracy here!

Our government has proven that is is almost a benchmark organization for the implementation of stupid laws.

Our government has proven that is is almost a benchmark organization for the implementation of stupid laws.

The Penultimate Stupid people, Politicians

Now on to the Politicians.

Take our politicians, Please! (OK, I couldn't avoid such a famous line.)

Politicians are one of my most entertaining examples of this premise.

You have to admit, most of these people are pretty stupid. At least they seem so, as we consider their actions from our perspective as the voters who put them in office. Right?

We tell them to do something like "Fix the Taxes" as our mandate. They get to Washington and the next thing you see, they are up there, either doing nothing, or they are fighting to save the "guppies" in a pond, in a state on the other side of the country.

We shake our heads and say to our friends, "What is that fool doing?" and the overall response is; "The man is Stupid! You knew that when you voted for him. What did you really expect"

And that's true, we did vote for that politician.

But in our defense, we tell ourselves, we're not Stupid, we only had two choices on the ballot and the other fool was REALLY STUPID!"

Stupid? or Just Lazy?

This is a great example of stupid decisions. It was obviously easier to drive around the dead tree than to stop for a minute and move the tree. Right?

This is a great example of stupid decisions. It was obviously easier to drive around the dead tree than to stop for a minute and move the tree. Right?

Attempts to control Stupidity.

Our society has and continues to design things that will save stupid people from their own .... well, stupidity.

Anti-Stupid Designs

In factories, large amounts of money are spent on machines that are designed to stop a stupid person from hurting themselves.

Think about it, if you have walked through a factory you will see numerous example of "stupid people protection devices".

I'm not talking about using Goggles, or protective clothing and such; although having to REQUIRE the use of such tools is a sign in itself.

I'm talking about such extreme things as the stamping or cutting machine that has two buttons on it.

Why two buttons the machine? Well they put two buttons because if the operator happens to have a stupid attack, they still have to use both hands on a button so the machine will operate and not cut off their hands or arms that will invariably be stuck into the machine.

This simple design has save thousands of people from losing a hand in these machines. Why would the operator stick their hand in such a dangerous machine? Only a stupid person would know.

Anti-Stupid Laws

And the laws we pass as a nation, state or town that are designed for stupid people are so numerous as to be absurd; laws such as;

Reduce Speed in Curve -

OK, they put a sign that there is a Curve ahead, so logic would tell you that you should slow down. But Nooooooo, they have to put another sign up that says; Reduce Speed in Curve, and also tell you what the maximum safe speed is in the curve. How stupid are drivers that need such coddling? And a law ends up being passed to protect the government from law suits by these fools.

Do not Cross Track when the Gates are Down -

They put of signs that say; RR Crossing Ahead. Then they put of a universal sign with the symbol of a RR Crossing.

Then, they put flashing lights and long red and white striped arms that drop dow to block traffic when a train crossing is imminent.

And what happens? Stupid people will actually drive around the flashing lights and dropped road blocking arms only to be hit by the oncoming train.

Stupid? I think so! And another law ends up being passed to protect the government from law suits by these fools.

More Stupid examples

I have to stop here. There are so many examples of stupidity in our world that I would end up putting my readers to sleep with them, such as;

  • Don't drink and drive. ----- Duh!
  • Do Not drink this cleaning chemical. ----- Really?
  • Smoking is bad for your Health. ----- How much proof do you need?
  • Do Not Enter! Toxic Chemicals stored inside.-------- Wow! Lets look!
  • This water is not Drinkable! ----- placed next to an unlocked valve.
  • All persons on the Boat must wear LifeJackets. ----- So, how long can you tread water?
  • Safety Glasses Required. ----- Really, Is blindness a personal goal the reason you don't wear them?
  • Do not override safety restraints? ----- Doing this is like getting a degree in Stupidity.

And, as I said, the list goes on, and on, and on!

ReallY? I Mean, REALLY!

Come on! This is a Chicken or Egg thing. Which came first the house or the pole? Either way, stupidity struck someone up beside the head.

Come on! This is a Chicken or Egg thing. Which came first the house or the pole? Either way, stupidity struck someone up beside the head.

End of Rant ahead!

OK! I got a lot off of my chest here, so I will wrap it up, now.

Here is a little test for you;

  1. Should you cross a busy street dodging between traffic just because you are late for something?
  2. If that leaf and limb shredder you rented jams up should reach in with your bare hands to unjam it?
  3. If you accidentally flip a piece of meat from your frying pan onto the stove top, should you grab it with your bare hand to put it back in the pan?
  4. Should you buy a pair of shoes that are one size too small, just because you like them, figuring they will stretch and not hurt your feet?
  5. Should you send your bank account information to an unknown person in Africa who says they have a $2M inheritance for you.

Hopefully you answered NO to all of these questions. Otherwise? ou may need help; professional help!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Brad on March 18, 2019:


I agree, and I think it is a shame that every generation worries about taking care of the next generation. Sadly, in the last couple of generations, the new generation didn't turn out that well, and doesn't seem to have the same values of their parents.

The prey of the continuously evolving politician is the loyal party voter. If people became intelligent independent voters, I believe we would have the people in control they see beyond the gridlock diametrically opposed ideology of the two parties.

Have a great day Don

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on March 18, 2019:

Brad - It is easy to just say that our supposed "political leaders are STUPID".

But in reality, and in today's political environment they are just figureheads for PAC's and other groups who have agendas and need someone on the Hill who can push their priorities.

Where we once had powerful lobbyists pushing things their way, we not have PAC's.

Its a sad situation that the present and future generations of leaders (the X-Geners and the Millenials) really don't give a damn about anything but themselves and of course, they're young enough to feel they are immortal.

Have a great day,


Brad on March 16, 2019:


Am I right, or wrong thinking that Hp is becoming a ghost town. So few articles are being written, and this can be proved when you go to the activity especially in the political category. You will see more forum than articles, and the amounts total of both is sparse.

Maven claimed they had 100 million users between their three companies including hubpages. Even if hubpages had a million users, and only ten percent were active everyday, how many articles would be written?

As for politicians being stupid, I believe they are really smart like those people that get to their level of Peter Principle incompetence. The examples that I have seen in many workplaces is that the Peter Principle rewards the incompetent not for doing the job, but for working their superiors. Those that can Do, those that can't teach. In the workplace it should be, those can do stay in place, and those that can't do, Manage, Direct, become upper management.

Applying that to politics, the politicians are or become inept in doing things that benefit the country and the people. But that ineptness is in the eyes of the voter. They are the stupid ones, as you say, thinking that the politician once elected by them would do the job they campaigned on. Reality is that the politician never intended to do that job, and that is evidenced by all the politicians that failed to accomplish or even try to accomplish their campaign promises.

The one phrase I really like is,"I am from the government, and I am here to help".

Brad on December 07, 2018:


Thanks and once again a solid gold article.

Have a great weekend

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on December 04, 2018:

Brad - Great Comment and story about how you had to take those extra steps to make sure your family received the proper care.

I know you've met them, those people who went for a medical career to make money and not necessarily to care for those who need healing.

I am so glad your wife's situation was taken are of.

Have a great day!


Brad on December 03, 2018:


I am glad you liked my comment, and I would have thought it would have had lots of comments.

It is a great hub, and the examples are excellent.

I agree with you that when someone plays with your life or well being they need to have answers to important questions.

Another example, in 1999 my wife developed a hole in her retina. She went to an eye doctor in San Jose, where we were living at the time. He had a Retina surgeon consult with us, and while he was talking to us he was more focused on his phone than us.

I cornered him as he tried to leave as I had many questions. While he didn't give answers to my questions, he tried to leave. And while trying to make his getaway he said, I know you are concerned about your wife, and blah blah blah.

The story has a happy ending.

We dumped these two doctors, and searched for another one. At the time this operation to fix a hole was only recently working. I worked with a guy who had several operation to fix the hole in his eye years before and they weren't successful.

We searched and researched finding a doctor in Palo Alto California. He was the head of the ophthalmology department at Standford University. In fact, the abrupt doctor that we dumped was one of his students.

Anyway, once we talked to this doctor we got all the answers, and we felt confident that he could do the job to fix the hole. End of story, he did and now 19 years later my wife hasn't had any problems.

We moved back down to Southern California, and all the eye doctors that examined after the operation were amazed that her eye was like it never had a problem.

Anyway, put that in your trove of stupid things. That would have been stupid if we just went with the original wheeler and dealer eye surgeon.

It is too bad that hubpages is no longer interested in hubs, or hubbers. Because this article is Gold!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on December 02, 2018:

WOW! After a little thought, I can see where Stupidity might be contagious!!!!

Oh Lord! this could spread faster than the Walking Dead TV shows!!

Thanks for the comment. I feel your pain. I just don't trust anyone who thinks they can play with my life at will! As you might realize, I am an uncooperative patient until I get explanations that satisfy me!

Have a great day!


Brad on December 02, 2018:



I agree with your opinion.

Also, " It is not what doctors know, if is what they don't know that kills you".

My mother was having to have a stint put in for dialysis treatments when she got home from the hospital. Before the procedure, I talked to the doctor on the phone. My mother lived in NY, and I in California.

They put her through a dialysis treatment before the procedure. I guess there is some medical logic to it. But, I told the doctor that was not a good idea in my mother's case. And he came down almighty on me for telling him that. End of story my mother died shortly after that procedure, one day!

You can catch stupidity, for example being a loyal political party member.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on May 03, 2015:

Jennifer Mugrage- Great comment. Yes, Stupidity is everywhere, and we often end up tripping over it every day in one form or another. SIGH!


Jennifer Mugrage from Columbus, Ohio on May 02, 2015:

Fun rant.

I am one of those people who can be very smart about some things and very stupid about others.

It is scary.

As a very wise person I used to know would say, whenever she made a mistake that made a lot of extra work for herself, "Life's hard, when you're stupid." It's so true.

Regarding stupid signs, my favorite one is in restaurant restrooms: "Employees MUST wash hands before returning to work." Apparently, customers need not wash hands before returning to their meal!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 29, 2015:

some people aren't stupid but silly or non logical thinking. I am one of them

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on March 23, 2015:

ocfireflies- I believe that a good RANT every now and then allows me to maintain a clearer perspective on what I read here on HP.

I believe in being nice to others, even if I disagree, but sometimes ......... I just Gotta let it GO! LOL!

Thanks for the read and comment.


ocfireflies from North Carolina on March 22, 2015:


Somehow, one gravitates to those places he or she needs the most. I have a rant built up inside of me regarding customer service and am working on creating a hub. In the meantime, I was able to vicariously enjoy a rant by you. Thank You! Smiles.


Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on February 03, 2015:

Rachel- No problem.

Some days, for me, Confusion is a state of existence rather than some passing thing. LOL!

Thanks for the read and comment.


Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 03, 2015:

I don't know what happened, but now I see both comments. I didn't see the first one on my screen which is why I wrote the second one. Sorry for the confusion, it wasn't anything you did. That happens to me once in a while. Doesn't take much for confuse my life, lol.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on February 02, 2015:

Rachel L Alba, Normally, I hop from HP over to my book writing and reading news from around the world. So, sometimes I don't get to some comments I receive for a few hours, and I have my HP set to only print comments I receive until I review them.

As general rule, I let everything through except for ones filled with vulgarities and the occasional insane person. LOL!

Thanks for your patience and understanding.


Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on February 02, 2015:

Rachel L Alba- When I was writing this, I was shocked to find literall hundreds of pictures available for use (free of course) along with dozens of videos.

Obviously, the subject is a wide and popular one LOL!


Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on February 02, 2015:

Carb Diva- Your Dad was an observant man!

Like I said, Stupid is not a Disease, but I believe it can be ranked as an Affliction, at least.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 02, 2015:

I left you a comment also and now it's not here. I know I hit the "post comment" button. I don't remember everything I said but I remember I commented on the pictures of the pole in the middle of the driveway, which I thought was stupid and the picture with the line painted around the branch I thought was really, really, lazy. lol I wish I could remember the rest.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 02, 2015:

I just can't imagine why someone would personally attack a sweet guy like you, Don. Oh well, it takes all kinds to make this world.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on February 02, 2015:

MizBejabbers- Love your story, and I am so glad you enjoy my strange sense of humor.

In fact, I just deleted one persons comment as they went directly into berating me on some moral grounds about how people should be treated.

I mean ....... Really! How can someone have missed the sarcastic humor I was presenting?

And, to be so strange as to attack me?

Oh well, Inhale, Smile, and move on in life, I say.

Thanks for YOUR observant and kind response,


Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 02, 2015:

LOL, I enjoy reading most of your writings. I admit, I don't have the patience to read every single word, but I get the jest. I love the pictures where you write the caption, "lazy or just stupid". I think to be lazy is stupid too; just my opinion. Getting back to the pictures, I think the one on the top with the pole in the middle of the driveway was just stupid and the one where the line goes around the branch was really, really, lazy. Just my opinion, lol Good hubs.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 02, 2015:

Did you delete my comment or did it not make it? We are having computer problems today.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on February 02, 2015:

breakfastpop- True, So True. Being treated like a child is really frustrating and honestly, it smacks of our being in a socialistic state, before anyone rises up to protest.

Don't get me wrong, some socialistic things are a good thing in my opinion when we as a nation can efficiently care for our less fortunate citizens at reasonable costs.

But when this turns into having a large group of people, several healthy generations worth never have to try caring for themselves and demand being "given" things, then, its time to re-assess where we, as a nation reconsider such opulent plans and the people taking advantage of them.


Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 02, 2015:

Don, you gave me my laugh for the day (actually it was good enough to last most of the week). My dad used to say "If stupid was a crime we'd run out of prisons." I hope you are feeling better now.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 02, 2015:

Glad you got it off your chest, Don. LOL I'm glad you brought out the Peter Principle because I've seen it at work for many years. People have stopped talking about it, and I guess that's because even the Peter Principle has its limits.

I worked with a lawyer who had been licensed for 25 years, so he had seen his share of stupidity. His mantram was "stupid people have stupid children". He was speaking genetically, so he would disagree with you. I always tried to build my children's confidence by telling them how smart they were. One day I just had to say to my youngest who had just gotten himself into a situation, "for a smart person like you, that really was a stupid thing to do." He laughed and agreed with me.

It would be really great if scientists would come up with a vaccine against stupid, but then the anti-vac. people would refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated. Stupid, just stupid!

breakfastpop on February 02, 2015:

I hope you feel better. Let's face it we live in a Nanny State that believes we are all children in need of guidance. It would be funny if it weren't so insulting and sickening!

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