Simple enough question, right? I think as civilization progresses it's expected that the masses would increase their intelligence as well.....only makes sense, right? But I think I'm concluding that while the smartest people continue to get smarter, the rest of the world is actually getting less smart. Here's my case in point.
Normally I try very hard to not be in public during normal times of the day. I do my shopping late at night, about 20 minutes before the store closes, as there's very few people in the stores at that time. That's because when I do go out during the day I continually run into stupid people everywhere I go. It never fails. Like today I'm zipping down the two-lane country road, one lane in each direction, and a guy waiting to pull out at a cross street about 500 feet in front of me decides to pull out right in front of me, rather than wait for me to pass. He can clearly see from where he's entering the roadway that there's no one behind me for miles, and that I'm zipping along at a pretty good pace. So does he wait the 2 seconds it will take for me to pass him by and then pull out........nope. He pulls out right in front of me.........and I slam on the brakes and just barely stopped before rear-ending his ass. Now you might say.........well, he thought he had enough space to pull out and really got on the gas once he did, to minimize how much I'd have to slow down. Nope again. This bonehead not only cuts my ass off, but then drives at a nice leisurely pace of 30 mph in a 45mph zone..............all the way with my pissed off ass behind him. But wait, there's more. At some point up the road I guess he got confused as to where he was. So rather than pull over and ponder it..........he comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road, and then turns his car toward the shoulder. Doesn't actually pull into the shoulder, just points the front of his car in that direction. If Maryland had an open carry law I'd be in jail right now for manslaughter. So I go around his sorry ass and he looks at me like he's confused with my obviously angry facial expression. And this crap happens everywhere I go. But the reason I ask the question is because of the next stupid person I ran into.......about an hour after idiot #1.
So I'm on my way back from the feed store, and decide to hit the local supermarket for a nice hot rotisserie chicken for dinner. I walk out of the store with my shopping cart full of stuff.......cuz I never seem to be able to go into a store and buy just one thing, and I'm starting to load my groceries into the back of my SUV. And I notice the gal parked next to me has her liftgate open and is doing the same thing. What caught my eye was that she also bought a rotisserie chicken, and had removed it from her shopping bag and had it sitting in her car where she was loading in her groceries. I was just about to say something like......."they are good chickens, aren't they" when she pulls a box of ice cream sandwiches out of another bag of groceries and puts it next to the rotisserie chicken. For some reason I decided to just shut up and go about my business, but as I was loading my groceries into my car I kept looking at what she was doing. And what she did was pull out one of those collapsible insulated thermal bags that we all keep in our cars to keep stuff hot or cold until we get home. But she put BOTH the hot rotisserie chicken......and the cold ice cream sandwiches in the same thermal bag (and not in separate compartments, together in the bag). At that point I decided to interject, as I was totally confused. So I said rather nicely...........ma'am, you really can't do that. And she said "what?". I said, put something hot and something cold in the same insulated bag. And she looked at me like I was a fellow idiot and said..........and I'm not making this up..............it really just happened about 20 minutes ago..............she said.........."oh, of course you can...........it said right on the package the bag came in that it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold". So I picked my jaw up off the ground, reattached it to my face and said............ma'am...........it certainly can do those things..........but not at the same time!!! She just laughed, zipped the bag shut.........and we both went on our merry ways.
My rotisserie chicken was nice and hot when I got home, and the ice cream that I also bought was still frozen (I keep 2 insulated bags in my car). I wonder how hers were? And these people are EVERYWHERE. Remember this all happened in the same day in about an hour's timespan. I was tempted to then go to Walmart and really witness some fun, but was getting pretty hungry.
So is it me, or is our civilization heading back to living in caves and eating with our hands and feet? Someone tell me it's all in my imagination. Please. I'll wait.