I've been trying to find (on archive cd) a website I made about 8 years ago that I called "A Field Guide to the Idiots", and can't locate it. So I'm going to recreate the basics as best I can remember. The Problem: Our world is full of idiots. They are the root cause of just about every problem that you'll ever face in life. From little problems like traffic jams, waiting in line too long at the grocery store, annoying warning labels on everything, to the biggest problems like war and famine..... if you look deep enough, it's usually due to an idiot or a group of them. The Basic Theory: "In any grouping of people, A minimum of (but not limited to) 60 percent of those people, will be idiots". That's ANY grouping..... Blondes, redheads, males, females, cops, librarians, politicians, doctors, lawyers, rocket scientists, people who wear boxers, people who read, people who like asparagus, americans, europeans, heterosexuals, you get the point. ANY possible grouping of people with the obvious exception of "people who are not idiots". Obviously, some groupings will have a much higher percentage than 60. These groupings might include: Pro wrestling fans, drug addicts, people who like "American Idol", teenagers, and others. Actually I think the average for most groups is around 90 percent, but the minimum is 60. If you can learn to spot these idiots far enough in advance, you can plot your course (literally and figuratively) around them, thus minimizing any negative effects they may have on your life. The Definition of an Idiot: Being a former phil major, I'm a stickler for precise definitions. I spent way too much of my life perfecting this one. I think I still remember it verbatim, but I'll have to find that archived website to be sure. An Idiot Is: "A person who through their actions or lack thereof, unknowingly and consistently causes negative, unwanted and unnecesary effects and conditions in the lives of others". Keep in mind that a persons status as an "Idiot" is not, an any way, an indication of that persons intelligence or education. A highly intelligent and well educated person is just as likely to be (or not be) an idiot as anyone else, even the mentally handicapped. Explanation of terms: Unknowingly - The person doesn't realize he's negatively affecting your life. If he knew, and did it anyway, then he would cross the boundaries of idiot status into the realm of something more (jackass,s.o.b, etc). Consistently - We all do things that would be considered "idiot indicators" from time to time, that doesn't necessarily mean you're an idiot. Only when these things become the norm, rather than the exception, do I label you as an "Idiot". Unwanted - Many negative effects are expected or even wanted. For example, I used to be a fighter. Getting punched in the head is definitely a negative, but that doesn't make my opponent an idiot because that negative is expected when I step into the ring. I want to be part of that fight and agree to the possible consequences. Illegal attacks like eye gouging or ear biting would be a different matter. Unnecessary - Some negatives in peoples lives are necessary. Let's say I run over a man with my car and injure him (negative), but I was swerving out of the way of an oncoming truck that would have killed me, then it was necessary for me to swerve, and my causing the man's injuries does not make me an idiot... However, if the only reason I was in that situation of "needing to swerve" was because I didn't leave for work early enough and I was speeding, I go back to idiot status. Also, people find themselves causing negative effects in the lives of others because of their jobs. Examples would be a dentist that causes pain while extracting a tooth, or a policeman that has no choice but to arrest someone. These acts are necessary to accomplish their job and therefore does not put them in the idiot category. There are underlying ethical issues, but I'll leave that for another discussion. Quick example test: You're driving across town and come to a red light, and you're the first in line in the lane to go straight (there is a turning lane on your left). Traffic is heavy and there are many cars in all lanes. Your light (and the turn lane light) turn green, and that's when you realize that you're in the wrong lane as you needed to turn there, the problem now is, the turn lane is full of moving cars and you're sitting at a green light with people behind you waiting on you to go. Do You: A) Remain still at the green light until the turn lane empties and you can turn left yourself. B) Quickly try to "worm" your way in between moving cars in the turn lane. C) Go on straight through the light so you won't hold up traffic. You'll have to turn around "on up the road" and come back to make your turn. If you answered: A - You're holding up a lot of people and possibly making them late, so you're causing a "negative" in their life. If you didn't realize you were holding others up... you're an idiot. If you did realize it, you're not only an idiot, you're a jackass too. B - You're not only an idiot, you're a dangerous one (the worst kind). You're risking causing an accident because you made a mistake and don't want to pay for that mistake by going "out of your way, on up the road" turning. If you didn't realize this, then you're just a dangerous idiot. If you did realize the risk and didn't care, you're an idiot and jackass. C - Bless you! You're not an idiot or a jackass. You made a mistake and you're willing to pay for that mistake by driving a little out of your way rather than making other people pay for your mistake. There's a lot more.... I'll update it when I have more time (or find the cd). Other segments include: Types of idiots Common idiot indicators. How to spot idiots from a distance and avoid them.