Are there limits to human stupidity?

““Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein

It is said that although the universe is always expanding, it may not be infinite, we just haven’t found the end.

Human stupidity, on the other hand, seems to be quite infinite. Each time we think we’ve seen the limits of human stupidity, someone does something stupider than anything else before.

Historian have shown us that history repeats itself, but have we learned from previous mistakes? Our stupidity refuses to let us. We think things will be different this time because we’re wiser, only to get proven wrong on both counts.

Not too long before the US economic collapse, Japan underwent a similar economic collapse. The collapse in Japan lasted over ten years. Economists here put much of the blame on the Japanese government for keeping interest rates at or near 0. They called it the lost decade. In the US, the government is going the same things that Japan did. This is history repeating itself within a matter of years, not decades or centuries, and yet we still think things will be different, because we’re smarter.

To get a better idea of the infinite levels of human stupidity, just turn on the television. There’s dozens of reality shows, each trying to outdo the other by seeing who can find the stupidest people. Each time we think people couldn’t get much stupider, a new reality show comes on, proving that yes indeed, we can get much stupider.  Remember when we thought people couldn’t get any stupider than the ones on the original talk shows, like the Jerry Springer show? When you hear things like “I don’t know which of these ten men is my babies biological father” doesn’t it make you cringe?

Every generation that comes along thinks it’s smarter than the one before it. We learn too late how stupid we were, that we should have listened to our parents. Our children think they’re different, that they’re smarter than we were. They’ll make the same mistakes we made.

Human stupidity seems to have no bounds. From individuals to countries, we continually amaze ourselves. To see how stupid nations are, just turn on the news. You’ll see another country, the size of a flea, trying to take on the world.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if our levels of compassion were infinite, rather than our stupidity?

 

Sometimes we’re all insane, especially with relationships

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” Albert Einstein.

How many times have you tried doing something over and over again before realizing you’re going to keep getting the same result unless you make some type of change? How many of you have gone out with the wrong type of person, only to do the same thing again when that relationship doesn’t work out? How many of you have had a failed venture over and over again before you finally realized that you keep making the same mistake?

All of us at one point or another fall under this insanity definition. We do something over and over again without even realizing it. Sometimes we know this but are unable to change. We know a certain type of personality is no good for us, and that a relationship with that type of person won’t last, yet we continue searching for those types of people.

In some of these occasions, we do the same thing over and over again because it excites us. We know going out with the wrong type of person will end in failure. We do it over and over because that relationship gives us an adrenaline rush. In other occasions, we do the same thing over and over again because we haven’t taken the time to reflect on why things didn’t work.

If you think about it, we really are acting in an insane manner when we do these things over and over again without making the slightest change. In the back of our mind, we know we just did the exact same thing, but think that somehow, this time it will end differently. Yet, we’re equally surprised when things end in exactly the same manner.

This is the behavior of someone who is insane, but is it all bad? It doesn’t mean we’re insane. It just means this one action, which we keep doing over and over again, displays  symptoms of insanity. If we’re doing it because of the rush it gives us, then it’s okay.

If we’re doing it because we haven’t thought through our actions properly, then we need to stop and reflect. Are we doing exactly the same thing as before? Why do we think we’ll get a different result this time? Doing the same thing twice, to make sure it wasn’t a fluke is fine, however, we shouldn’t do the same action more than twice without at least making a slight change, especially if we’re looking for a different outcome.

 

 

Fight to be yourself

“To be nobody-but-yourself? In a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else? Means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”   E. E. Cummings

What this quotes means is that is it not easy to be yourself, to be unique, or to think differently. This is a world which promotes conformity, where you are expected to play a certain role, to be a certain person, to be like everyone else. To conform and accept what everyone wants you to be is easy.

Being true to yourself, being different than what the world expects of you is extremely difficult. You are not just fighting an inner struggle, questioning if staying true to yourself is the right path, but also fighting the world, which wants you to be the same as every other type of person, and to think like everyone else. This is not a fight which you win and move on, but a fight which stays with you your entire life, no matter how successful you become, or how many times you prove them wrong. That is why it is the hardest battle.

The people who stand out throughout history are the ones who fought against conformity, who were different than everyone else, and who refused to accept the worlds view of who they should be. Some examples are Leonardo Da Vinci,  Alexander the Great, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frank Lloyd Wright, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Thomas Alva Edison, Christopher Columbus, Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Peter the Great and many others.