I agree with smart people: stupidity should indeed be punished. If only there were no Einstein. Because that man (or his wife) really understood the basic principles of relativity…you don’t say! 😉
Now let’s play a little game:
Say we kill all IQ’s below the average 100 (that’s 50% of population, triggering a sure-to-be-interesting economic reaction) and therefore raise humanity’s intelligence level to a new average of around 110 points.
This, of course, would make no difference.
Firstly, because IQ itself is a relative thing, meaning 100 always stays the average. So the new 110 average would now be the new-new 100 average, and people who were perfectly normal before would now be considered slightly stupid.
But even apart from the formalities, the world would only temporarily feel smarter. As soon as the sudden shock of lacking retardation lessens, people will think of it as normal again and define new heights of brilliance. It’s a simple law of sociology as well as human nature: comparison, competition, pursuit of more. Any member of any society can only identify itself through the others, for better or worse. There is no such thing as absolute achievement or genuine genius. Evolutionary progress is, from what our limited minds seem to be able to tell so far, shamelessly due to pragmatic socioeconomic interests.
That is, quite plainly, why there will always be world poverty, and there definitely will always be morons on this planet.
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.
– It’s actually a very BAD movie. It’s boring, poorly plotted and, of course, stupid :D. But it’s still worth watching, even if just to make you realise to what extent relativity really works. So if you’re up for an easy good night’s laugh, check it out.
As Einstein stated before:
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
He truly nailed that one.
Over the years, I’ve taken several semi-reliable IQ tests myself, which all kindly attested me a number I have no trouble accepting, implying I should be on the waitlist for world domination. Be it as it may, I still feel like a 24/7 self-conscious idiot. (In fact, I’m absolutely positive I would be better off as a sheep. They’re cute, hairy and only have to worry about their daily area of grass to mow.) But I’ll rise to the occasion and say I’m not here to bitch about my fate, since I now realise the power to manipulate it. Seems fair enough to me!