In our more enlightened society, we accept the importance of diversity. Every faith, religion, race, creed and credence should be acknowledged and accepted. For example, we want handicapped people to have the same access as non-handicapped people when it comes to our public buildings and toilets.
Why is it, then, we don’t do the same for our intelligentsia?
Smart people are forced to suffer fools every day of their lives without any compensation or special treatment. For example, in schools they are forced to sit the same classes as dumb people. In the media, there are fewer programmes and publications that cater to smart people. Entertainment has become dumbed-down to make it more appealing to the majority of not-so-smart people. Everywhere you look, smart people’s culture is under attack.
Now, you might be saying, “Wait a minute, here. Smart People and Handicapped people are entirely different. Handicapped people are disenfranchised. They have special needs. We need to provide assistance to them in order to be inclusive.”
First of all, if you really were to say that, then you would offend handicapped people, as you are suggesting that they’re retarded.
Nevertheless, smart people have, themselves, become disenfranchised by the dumb people who are running our society. Without special treatment, they are liable to become depressed, suicidal, or to seek jobs in finance, as opposed to more socially responsible work that could lead to productive lives.
Look around and ask yourself, “Where would we be today without smart people?” We wouldn’t have electricity. We wouldn’t have nuclear power, the iPhone, or chicken fries. Hell, without Newton, we wouldn’t even have gravity! We owe everything around us to smart people, who have sacrificed their brain cells to make our lives more comfortable.
When I was a child, I was taught that “everyone is special”. If that’s true, then we should all receive benefits for our specialness. However, we need to start somewhere and I would suggest that we start a “Save the Smart” campaign.
Let’s brainstorm a little on what this campaign could do…
In every public establishment and on the metro, I’d like to see a separate area reserved for smart people, so they can get easy access to like-minded individuals and where they don’t have to listen to inane conversation. It should be well stocked with single malt (nothing less than 15 years), pipe cleaners, and the latest copies of the New Yorker. Classical music only - no Pop.
I’d like to see affirmative action in the workplace for smart people. For instance, Ambercrombie & Fitch should not discriminate against smart people, no matter what they look like. Smart people need money, too. It is insulting to be told that you are “overqualified” for fast food. If a smart person wants to do a dumb person’s job, they should have equal opportunity.
Universities have initiated scholarships and programmes to enlist smart people (even though they, then, mix them together with dumb people). I suggest we do something similar by having post-graduate scholarships for smart people, giving them special bus passes, stipends, child support and pensions, so that they don’t have to work as much. It upsets me that stupid people get these benefits, when they really aren’t very special anymore. At the end of the day, don’t we want to encourage more smart people to lead productive lives, marry and have children with other smart people, so we get more smart people? That’s a no-brainer.
What do you think...?
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