I often wonder why people act as they do, especially how they vote. I have a sign on my refrigerator that says a lot to me about why things are proceeding so poorly, especially recently. The sign says “Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Stupid People In Large Groups”. I think the need for that concern has increased vastly in the past 60 years due mostly to television. The Internet accelerated the development of the problem even more. The problem is stupid people. I have to admit that I am too often in the group. The election of George Bush was a true indicator of the voting by the group. The re-election as well. I wasn’t part of the group for either. I have said all this to say this.
What if people made their decisions as if they eventually would have a conversation with God. Isn’t that the expressed idea of Christians?
- “I gave you a wonderful Earth, why did you pollute it?”
- “How could you allow so many people to starve?”
- “Why didn’t you use the science I gave you to prevent Aids?”
- “Why did you think a church group was intended to persecute other people?”
God would have a lot of questions.
If most of those “stupid” people actually acted with the interests of the whole rather than just selfish interests, we’d all be much better off.
While stupid people are not hypothetical, the idea of my belief in God or that the bible is more than a good book is. I do try to think globally and about what would be best for all. Unfortunately, I haven’t ever taken it to an extreme, yet. I do watch TV, though less every day. I haven’t joined the peace corp, yet. I occasionally feel guilty about both. Someday, maybe I’ll leave the group for good?