Oh holy stupid-dude-ness. We've gotten carried away with the subject. We suddenly realize that we've been writing what reads like a term paper. We lost our sense of our place in the universe. We're sorry about the Stupid Dude-itity. Punch our brains. Slap our hinds with some melon rinds. There's a massive rewrite going on now.
Why Embrace the Stupidity?
We've put considerable thought into the decision about a topic for our first Stupid Dude rave. We've decided that it's highly appropriate, if not mandatory, to explain why we say why it's "Time to Embrace the Stupidity." Our assertion comes in two parts.
Part one: The belief that fighting against stupid trends in our stupid times only causes one to become frustrated, angry, disappointed, and even perhaps hateful. These emotions result in a waste of energy that could be more productively used in some other manner.
Embracing the Stupidity is not the same as giving up. It is an acceptance that we have a limited ability to change society. We accept what is, not long for what we believe should be. For example, we acknowledge that a former Vice-Presidential candidate couldn't distinguish between Africa being a Continent or a Country. We further acknowledge that a significant portion of the US voting public considers that person to be a valid candidate for President in 2012. In short, we embrace the times in which we live. There is no other choice that allows us to remain sane.
Part two: Even more important than part one are the productive results in embracing stupidity in our daily lives. Embracing stupidity leads to a sense of humor. Having a sense of humor makes us healthy. A sense of humor indicates an active mind. A sense of humor allows to see through stupid trends such as political correctness (i.e. meter-maid vs parking-enforcement-adjudicator... give us a break!) If we are well developed as a person, then we can even see humor in the stupid stuff we occasionally are caught doing. This is an important personal attribute.
If we have a sense of humor about ourselves, then it naturally follows that we don't take ourselves too seriously. Taking ourselves too seriously has a lot of undesirable consequences. Among them are:
1. An inability to see or acknowledge when one is wrong.
2. The urge to fight when we feel insulted, disrespected, or embarrassed.
3. An overwhelming fear of embarrassment, possibly resulting in painful shyness, probably resulting in a horrible fear of speaking in a group of people and other pursuits that could reveal what a Stupid Dude we may be.
Stupidest Dude experienced a long period of life when he was very shy. Being shy resulted in a lot of missed opportunities. He wasn't able to ask a nice girl out on a date in High School. He couldn't enjoy the social aspect of College. He couldn't network when it came time to find a job. He couldn't initiate, nor could he participate well in, conversations with people he didn't know. Being shy was a real bitch.
Eventually, Stupidest Dude decided it was time to change his style. He took some chances at exploring beyond his comfort zone. In one case he accepted an offer to give a presentation at a conference, even though he was piss-yer-pants scared of doing so. During that particular presentation he experienced such a horrible case of dry mouth that his throat closed up and tears were running from his eyes before the presentation was done. The audience of about one-hundred could be heard to gasp or moan in sympathy and pain. Regardless of that experience, he continued to push himself, simply being unwilling to live within the box in which he'd confined himself for so long.
Somewhere in time, Stupidest Dude made an amazing discovery. If he ceased to take himself seriously, all those problems with shyness and fear went away. He discovered the freedom that comes when one will "Dare to be Stupid." Daring to be stupid remains one of his most important personal attributes today. He has the wisdom required to be silly in public. He has wonderful conversations with strangers nearly everywhere he goes. He enjoys parties and shooting the shit while not needing to worry if he sounds intelligent. He discovered that a huge burden is lifted when one can admit that one is wrong!
"Embracing the Stupidity" means FREEDOM. Freedom from a portion of the frustration that rises when one encounters fools. Freedom from the need to fight to defend ones' honor. Freedom from the stultifying bounds of "political correctness". Freedom from the need to be right all the damned time. Most importantly, freedom from taking oneself too seriously.
If the above rave lacks clarity. If it is poorly written. If there are subjects and verbs that don't agree. If the opinions expressed lacked sufficient support. If it was a waste of time to read. Don't bother us with your criticism. We are, after all, STUPID DUDES and won't understand what you're trying to tell us anyway.
Defined as: keennessofmental perception andunderstanding;discernment;penetration.
This is a quality that a Stupid Dude is unlikely to possess. Please help your local Stupid Dude to acquire this skill (if at all possible.)
HALL OF FAME!
Our first inductee...
This is so obvious that we need not say more.
However, let's recall that he was reelected and spent 8 years doing unbelievable damage. To quote an associate of ours, "when you hand a loaded gun to an idiot you deserve what you get."
For this reason there are 59,054,087 members of the 2004 voting public who are anonymously inducted into the hall of fame. (Anonymous, but YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.)
How stupid do you have to be to not be able to defeat Bush in the 2000 election?
How stupid do you have to be to not be able to defeat Bush in the 2004 election? Remember, "I voted for it before I voted against it"? Gee whiz John. During that 2004 campaign you demonstrated elocution skills less developed than the average college Sophomore. Further, your charm and likability would rank somewhere below that of a spoiled house-cat.