Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for Ignorance

When I was growing up, and I’d get angry about someone’s stupidity, my mother used to say, “Now, don’t blame them, it’s not their fault they’re stupid.”

When I was older, I asked her, “Well, what about ignorant people? Am I allowed to blame them?”

“Yep,” she said. 

So, there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. If you are an ignorant monucka, I will kick your ass.

Now, I know nobody’s born knowing everything and I’m not without a sense of fairness. So, if there’s something you don’t know about, fair enough. I’m not going to kick your ass just for not knowing things. Hell, there are things I don’t know, like how to speak Spanish or travel in time.

It’s willful ignorance that gets me polishin’ up my ass-kickin’ boots. We’ve all met someone who doesn’t know and refuses to learn. Even worse is the person who doesn’t know, but insists that they do know and blows a gasket at any suggestion that maybe they don’t. Remember how, back during the election, all of your Facebook friends became instant constitutional scholars? That’s what I’m talking about.

I actually saw a great demonstration of this on a friend’s Facebook page last week. My friend had shared a meme about how the AP is going to stop using the term “illegal immigrants.” There were a few comments about how great it is that the Associated Press is making a change that will help writers to more correctly use English. Then some blowhard chimed in with his half-educated opinions about how it’s his right to call them “illegals” because “freedom of speech lol.” If there’s one thing I’m sick of, it’s jerks misinterpreting the First Amendment.

There's nothing in here about me not slapping you.

As if that weren’t bad enough, Freedom of Speech espoused his view that all “illegals” should be put to death if they’re caught being illegally in the country for a second time! Hold the phone, buddy, crossing a border without papers is akin to first-degree murder? But they don’t pay taxes at all, and they have no rights here, so we can kill them and there’s nothing anyone can do about it (his words, not mine. I’m paraphrasing though because he didn’t spell too good.)

He supported his argument with quotes from Starship Troopers and anecdotal evidence from his mother, and who am I to call his mother a liar? When presented with actual research to the contrary, he pronounced it all “incorrect,” and declared, “I’m rather bored of this conversation, though.”

Ah, the classic “I don’t wanna talk it anymore” defense! He explained, “I’ve had [this conversation] plenty of times and no matter what it’s always the same story.”

Yeah, but in the sequel, you get your ass kicked.

10 comments:

  1. Agreed. It's getting really ridiculous. People want to talk like their experts, but the most they have is information they've seen or read from their choice news group, and when you try to educate them they either ignore you or say your wrong. I just stay out of it now, helps keep my "explode into bitchiness" meter down.
    If you do ever learn tome travel, share the knowledge. :)

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    1. I will. But don't come running to me when you create a paradox that rips open the very fabric of time and space itself.

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  2. I don't know nearly enough about politics to have an educated conversation so I don't say anything at all. I try not to sound like an idiot. Maybe the person you speak of should take note!

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    1. You can always look things up, though. At least understanding that you're uneducated is much better than thinking you're RIGHT ALWAYS RIGHT about everything.

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  3. I am so crushed that you don't know how to time travel. I was seriously stalking your blog for months now believing you know everything--time travel is on my list.

    I'm so sick of the immigration issue I want to scream. Now the "illegal immigrant" talk has moved into the realm of animal activism. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department claims they have the right to shoot wild burros from helicopters because the burros are "illegal immigrants" crossing the border from Mexico and were originally brought to our continent by the Spanish (in the 1600s). The TPWD learned quickly how to sway the ignorant to join their side--throw out a few cheap words.

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    1. Ugh that is absolutely sickening. It's just best to stay out of the immigration debate altogether. I once tried to take the "we're all immigrants here" with a "lady" only to be screamed at that I WAS BORN HERE I'M NO IMMIGRANT I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HERE. People have always hated immigrants, though. It's racism.

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  4. Starship Troopers? Bloody hell.

    I had some lunatic quoting laughably incorrect Australian crime statistics at me (an Australian) last night to try and argue his position on guns in the US. :(

    As soon as I tried to set him straight, he was suddenly very uninterested in the discussion.

    People are seriously just making stuff up as they go and assuming nobody will call them out on it.

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    1. Yeah, quoting Starship Troopers was a new low, though.

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  5. yeah, I have these arguments all the time...or people who accuse Facebook of censorship and invoke freedom of speech..I explain that only applies to the government restricting your speech. FB is a private company and you agreed to their terms of use, so they have the right to censor anything they don't like on your page. Then I get called a "stupid liberal" in return. lol

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    1. Yeah, I just usually use that excuse when explaining MY right to censor their dumb ass. I once tried (and failed) to explain to a friend why the US military has the right to discipline a soldier for declaring that he wouldn't follow orders given by President Obama. She refused to understand that it's not the same situation at all because that soldier is bound by duty to follow the orders of his superior officers, of which Obama is one. smh

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