Rollin' Like Sisyphus

We Don’t Ask Questions Here

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on May 19, 2015


The first hallmark of a civic order that is verifiably losing its intellectual capacity while deluding itself that it’s never been more intelligent, is the sort of dissonance that is now taking its first fledgling steps into a long and dreary twilight, where no question is asked before its answer is assumed, because we don’t ask questions anymore.
This is why all of the ridiculous scandals that in a better time would torpedo things like political careers and professional aspirations mean less than nothing in today’s environment. All of it has its roots in a dumber population, which isn’t simply a quantitative matter of fewer intelligent people; it’s also a qualitative dysfunction where 120 IQ points just ain’t what it used to be.
The trend lines are obvious: since 1950, people have been shedding IQ points at an escalating rate. Unfortunately, being dumber isn’t just a matter of being less intelligent; it involves not knowing what you don’t know while replacing the hole where abstract reasoning used to function with an amalgamated patchwork of rote totem associations based on tribal allegiances and token classifications.
Just as Ethnic Minority Woman in the UK last week earnestly declared herself immune from racist intentions because minorities by definition can’t be racist, so to is it impossible for certain political figures to be scandalized by the scandals they perpetrate, or for the victims of no-knock raids based on political witch hunts to have no problem with no-knock raids based on anonymous tips for drugs or guns. This form of tribal association isn’t thinking at its most base and vulgar; it isn’t thinking at all.
So you tell me, what changed in or around 1950?
Since its inception, many people warned that television would make us more stupid, but they were themselves dismissed as stupid and retrograde.
In retrospect, it should come as no surprise that a passive conveyance for information and entertainment would hinder rather than help intellectual development, no matter how “thought-provoking” the material intended to be. Reading the worst book is a far better mental exercise than watching the most sophisticated show. If it were any different, the Groundlings would be indistinguishable from the Algonquin Roundtable, and yet only the former was known for flinging their feces around.
At least as far as I’ve heard.
Anyway, my point is that far from an opportunity for “smart” people to rule the world in an increasingly dumb civic order, it’s an increasingly belligerent phenomena that exalts the stupid far more than the intelligent.
Exhibit A — Our Simple Affirmative Action President.


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  1. Doom said, on May 19, 2015 at 14:52

    Uhrm, right, and yeah, and okay. But! Yes, always a but. No system is greater than the least of it’s contributors. Or… a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. While we are indeed HERE, getting here started back there. And back there was the inclusion of women into the electorate, the stripping of state power through popularizing the senate, getting rid of regional voting power, and lowering the age and economic standing of voters.

    However, there is a positive to that negative, if put correctly. Essentially, it is much better to have stupid rulers than smart. On that score, I personally believe we may be in luck. The stupid, evil, and et. al., generally… before or after screwing the pooch… who needs pooches anyway, to a certain degree… end up screwing themselves. For the smart, the goal is to stay out of getting between the pooch and the idiot, et. al., the rest tends to itself… sooner or later. But if the poochophile is smart, not even the brightest can get and keep out of the way, and the length of decline, tyranny really, is staggeringly long. Or simply becomes “the way of it”, until the system is so hopelessly broken that mere survival of all requires a revolt. Though, by that time, with only the stupid left for the most part, don’t expect much from most revolts.

    Just stay away from pooches, use your wits to obtain strength and other resources, be ready to leave it and go if absolutely necessary, and don’t worry. Trust me, the pooch they are buggering, or jonesing to bugger, isn’t worth any trouble on your brow. They really aren’t the brightest of the bunch, and choose accordingly. Much of the panic in the air is from those who are so close, but not quite perfectly in line, for the pooch. Not for those who have i’s dotted and t’s crossed and reasonable moral, ethical, social, and religious balance.

    Well, that’s my theory anyway.

    • El Borak said, on May 19, 2015 at 19:25

      And to think, you opined elsewhere that you need to drink more…

  2. El Borak said, on May 19, 2015 at 19:40

    I for one am not convinced that smart people ruling the world is necessarily a good thing. It’s like Willard 2012. There’s no doubt that Mittens was intellectually and morally superior to Our Simple Affirmative Action President. But when you come down to brass tacks, choosing one who will implement bad ideas effectively and with a pure heart is not necessarily better than choosing another who will fail to implement bad ideas through pure arrogance and/or incompetence. People who believe Obama* is the worstest president of all time have usually never studied Wilson. And Mittens was Wilson in magic underwear.

    That said, stupid people ruling the world is generally a bad thing as well. There’s a theme to be found here. Butut most people will miss it, probably because it’s never been on The Simpsons**.

    * or Bush. Ignorance is bi-partisan.
    ** As if I’d know.

    • Doom said, on May 20, 2015 at 05:44

      Aye. I meant to keep it to the choice of bad types of elites. Elites, as a rule, are bad, however. It comes down to how much access to power they have. At this point they all have far too much access, and are granting themselves, and each other, more every day. If I missed that somehow, just understand, when I get on the monkey bars, sometimes I go with gusto, leaving the, or some, details to be hashed out. Just woke, so I’m not even going to try to read what I wrote. Already have a headache.


      Plus one, mostly, I think.

    • Huckleberry said, on May 20, 2015 at 09:43

      I for one am not convinced that smart people ruling the world is necessarily a good thing

      It decidedly isn’t.
      Mostly I’m responding to the claim I hear lately from Smart People that a world of Stupid People will make life easier for their Smart Children.
      No, sorry, it won’t.
      Even the people who fear Idiocracy as parable do so for the wrong reasons, partly to your point — that rule by Smart People is the half-dozen of the other flipside to the only real punchline history will ever know.
      10AM — too early for a drink?

      • Doom said, on May 20, 2015 at 10:10

        Ah, getting on the monkey bars too? Noice! A drink always helps with that, imho.

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