I have been called stupid many times in life and for many different reasons. To be quite honest, the moniker has probably been befitting more times than I would like to admit. The one thing that I cannot ever remember being called however, is a “user”.
In our society today, intelligence seems to be measured according to a rather mean-spirited rubric. The more aggressive and predatory one is, the more admired the individual and their resulting spoils. This is especially true in the business world however, the “game of love” also follows this same ethic. How many times have you heard it said that “all is fair in love and war”? Indeed, the very legal fabric of our nation seeks to pit one combatant against another in a system that we so charmingly call, “The Adversarial Legal System”. Now, before you label me a “Pinko” or some other such communist slur, I want to tell you that I actually do believe that competition is a good thing and that the basic tenets of Capitalism are in alignment with my own philosophical beliefs. What I am saying to you is this, our “live and let die” principles have at long last become perfected and are now perfectly perverse.
The curse of the taker is this;
Rather than earning something of value through hard work and merit, the taker acquires through theft and manipulation. The taker then begins to believe themselves superior when in reality, they have robbed themselves of the skills and knowledge that they would have otherwise learned, had they worked for it. As a double whammy, the taker also becomes decadent (lazy) and loses appreciation for the value of anything, human life most of all. It stands to reason that the very last concern of a predator is for the life of it’s prey. In the end, the taker is rendered incompetent, wanton and usually shunned by decent people. Who wants to be around a stupid person that you can’t trust?
If my passing up an opportunity to profit at the expense of someone else’s health and well-being is considered stupid, then I’ll gladly be the dumbest guy in the room. In fact, I’ll be positively imbecilic and give more to others than I “take” for myself. I may not wear the sharpest clothes nor have the latest gadgets but what I will have is something that money can’t ever buy, true friendship and the good will of people around me. I know that some folks don’t believe that there is any real value in those things but it just seems to make the world a better place to live. A world full of smart and smiling people, a world I inhabit almost every day.