user@computer:~$ killall friendlybashhelper
are you sure?
user@computer:~$ rm -f *
user@computer:~$ ls -lrt
WHAT?! Noooo! stupid computer!!
This "idiocracy" meme (that the masses are stupid and we are the smart ones) is just ego stroking - don't feel good just because you're more sane than the bottom 0.001% who are off their meds.
Maybe I just feel like there are more stupid, gullible people around because I know so many of them personally, like half my co-workers, most of my family, all of my wife's friends, and the majority of people I randomly start conversations with. And don't even get me started on the rubes who still vote Republican.
Thank goodness it's all in my head.
"Ignorant" is not the same as "stupid", and can be cured by means much less dramatic than death.
Knowing nothing about science, astronomy, logic, or reality = ignorance.
Buying into the 2012 claptrap = gullibility.
Seeing an action movie and thinking it's real = stupidity.
I'm glad we could clear that up. (seriously though, I agree with your assessment that magical thinking is a cultural thing, and we should all have far less tolerance for it.)
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux