You Can’t Fix Stupid

I give up. There’s just nothing else I can do. I can talk until I am blue in the face, but some people just don’t listen.

I am not perfect by any means. I make mistakes, I mess up too. But I like to think that at least I consider advice when it’s given to me.

George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

On a global scale, I’m reminded of United States and its eery similarity to Ancient Rome.

But here, in the 21st century Midwest, it’s those people around me who perpetuate ignorance, essentially cursing themselves to a life just as miserable as their parents’ before, who make me realize how prophetic Santayana’s words truly are.

I value efficiency. People who complete a task with less effort than it required before quickly earn my admiration. Conversely, those who, even when presented with a better, more efficient option, still choose to take the prehistoric, barbaric path, only earn my disdain. To me, this is a waste of resources and knowledge and a discredit to those who have learned from the past and made themselves better for it.

This waste of resources, of hard earned wisdom, makes my blood boil.

But therein lies the issue; some cannot recognize their own ignorance and immaturity, even after the repercussions have been made evident.

Please — please! — take these words to heart. We only have a few days of trouble, so said King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live; let’s not make them any harder than they have to be.

Learn from your mistakes and from the mistakes of others. Save yourself from troubles that have already been identified.

Disclaimer: Please don’t assume I am talking about you in this post. But, if you do recognize yourself, I hope you will consider what I’ve said — and I promise I will, too.

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