I’ve seen this quote attributed to Mark Twain, Abe Lincoln and “unknown.” It doesn’t really matter who said it–it’s come to mind about a thousand times during this election season.
First, it completely describes Donald Trump and a bunch of other right-wing politicians who say some of the darnedest things. I mean, crazy talk.
But the BIGGEST shock has been the number of people I know who have used social media to display their complete ignorance.
Now, I can deal with ignorance. BUT. It’s sad and unfortunate that my good opinion of some people i know has been tarnished by the stupid things they say. I guess it was bound to happen.
The number of fools using social media to spout vile insults and hateful thoughts has been shocking. And that includes one of my exes, one whom (thank God) I booted out of my life just as fast as I could–and his current partner, who from all I can see, is a perfect match for him in both attitude and brain power. They say beauty’s only skin deep but ugly goes all the way to the bone. And boy, do I see that’s true.
Social media allow everyone to have a voice. Sometimes, that voice is pretty ugly. It is AMAZING how many people spout their so-called wisdom and are completely unaware of how stupid it makes them sound. Even dumber than they sounded before. And some sounded pretty dumb. They are super clueless, even though they act like they know something. Really, they know nothing. And it’s obvious from what they say that they know nothing. But, see, they don’t know how obvious it is.
The problem is that some people I thought might have half a brain maybe don’t. Maybe they don’t have any working brain at all. It’s pretty horrifying.
I’m thinking this election might have done us all a big favor by allowing us to re-evaluate some of our relationships.
Maybe you think I’m being hard on folks. I don’t think I am.
Last week I saw this eye-opening article in which a neuroscientist points out a condition I didn’t know about before but that sure resonates: that some people are too stupid to realize how stupid they are. It really is worth reading because it explains a bunch of stuff.
So what are you seeing out there in social media land this election? I would love to know.