Based off the title of this post, it would be safe to assume that every single living person in our world will stop by to read this. Now, before you get huffy and puffy with me, I’m not the one labeling you an idiot. In fact, I am idiot as well. We can even keep growing the list… your parents, your neighbors, your co-workers. In other words, every single person you know.
But before I lose all my followers (hello and welcome to all you newbies!), let me back up a bit and explain the setting for this tale.
While waiting to enter a meeting last week, I started observing the hustle and bustle of students in the building. The returning students are usually filled with pride knowing they no longer fall in the dreaded “freshman” category (all the while not being in higher education long enough yet to know that the archaic high school segregation of years doesn’t occur in college).
There were fist bumps, animal calls, and dare I say, even a bit of leftover Gangnam Style actions. I turned to my purse to fish out my notebook and casually thought, “What idiots.” I began writing down ideas for a blog post when my words repeated themselves in a question, “What idiots?”
I stopped myself to take in the actual moment and assess the situation around me. The fist bumps were age-appropriate interactions in place of a hug or handshake. The animal calls that echoed through the building were students’ excitement bubbling over for a new year of parties, friendships, and classes. The silly dances unraveling on both floors brought back a distinct memory of dancing in the dormitory hallway with girlfriends at far too late of an hour during sophomore year. And then it hit me…
We are literally all idiots to someone. No matter what we do, where we do it, or how we do it, there is someone, somewhere who would consider you an idiot.
Think of the last time you were stuck behind a driver who forgot to turn off their directional. With each pointless blink of the light, your frustration grows. “What an idiot! Who wouldn’t notice their directional left on?!” Well, likely at some point or another, you.
Even when we witness others’ words or actions we’ve committed in the past, we are still likely to deem the person idiotic simply because the words or actions are being interpreted as a nuisance.
Personally, for me, this revelation is comforting. In essence, my judgmental “what idiots” thought would be deemed idiotic by someone, somewhere and I would then become an idiot myself once again.
And there you have the beautiful cycle of hypocrisy and idiots. At least as humans we can step back from this cycle, re-evaluate our thinking, and realize that we’re just plain foolish and flawed most days.
And they all lived happily and hypocritically ever after.