Sometimes I despair of people. People I actually choose to associate with. Why? Because of the utter stupidity they exhibit.
Actually, no. It’s not that they’re stupid; they’re not, I don’t think. It’s that engaging their brain for longer than 0.5 seconds is just too much trouble. It’s that they can’t be arsed to entertain an original or deep thought.
What am I babbling about?
Some fuckwittery that did the rounds on Facebook. Namely, that at 12.30 on August 27, you would have seen two moons in the sky, but only one would be the moon. The other would be Mars. And that it wouldn’t happen again until 2287 and nobody alive today has ever witnessed this happening.
You know why? Because just a couple of seconds’ thought will tell you that this isn’t just utter bollocks, it’s moronic bollocks.
I mean, FFS, Mars will look as big as the moon? How do they think this will happen, other than Mars suddenly teleporting to a distance from us that’s equal to the moon’s distance from us? Which, by the way, would be mean we’re all monumentally fucked. Can you imagine what that shift in gravity would do to us? Not to mention the fact that if Mars has shifted that much there’s something deeply weird and terrifying going on.
You see? I can’t even…
I can almost, almost understand somebody with no education believing this tripe. Almost. But people with more than two brain cells to rub together? Nope. I don’t get it. I mean, how does this stuff even get started?
People say, “Oh, it’s harmless. It doesn’t matter if it’s not true, it’s just a bit of fun.” These people are idiots. They’re idiots because it does matter. It’s another nail in the coffin of critical thought and scientific literacy. It’s another blow to people’s thirst for knowledge. It’s another step forward for people who delight and revel in their (and everyone else’s) ignorance.
It perpetuates this very modern habit of not thinking for yourself. It’s much easier to let a meme on the internet, or the latest vacuous celebrity, think for you, so that’s what many people are doing.
This, dear reader, is why I prefer most animals to most humans. And why I think humanity is doomed.
But you’re not doomed. You’re smart, driven, and you do think for yourself.
How do I know that? Because, with one or two exceptions, I don’t attract idiots.
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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.