This week in What the Hell Is Wrong With You?
I have a really low tolerance for ignorance. Or as I not-so-nicely typically put it, “I can’t tolerate stupid.” It’s not that I think seven year old children are idiots, and it’s not like I shun people who ask questions and seek answers and education. What’s a problem is how frequently, specifically in the media, people with very little common sense seem to be becoming a trend. I’m noticing it at an increasingly alarming rate and what I’m seeing that in general, being stupid is accepted for a myriad of reasons and in an immeasurable amount of ways.
Topics: Intoxicating Babies, Denying Transsexualism, and Being Confused About Climate Science
In an effort to rationally discuss what pisses me off about idiots in our society, I’ve chosen a couple of recently trending topics to discuss in what will probably be a one-off article I’m calling “What the Hell is Wrong With You?” and reserving the right to continue with more articles titled as such, because I rarely get the chance to say that phrase to anyone but my computer screen while my cat stares at me trying to convince me she wasn’t fed fourteen minutes ago.
When Murder is “Okay” Because You Don’t Know Any Better
This couple killed their baby by diluting breast milk with water. People start defending them saying that maybe they didn’t know that was bad. And the majority of commentators claimed “I didn’t even know water poisoning was real!” (It most definitely is, and it’s not a secret.) Well, besides the fact that almost every piece of literature on feeding your baby says to NOT dilute or in the case of formula, every container says to mix only according to directions for the safety of the child. I have no sympathy for the couple because in my opinion it is your job to take care of your child. If you don’t know how, at the bare minimum library books are free to read. Now, best case scenario you talk to a doctor or pediatrician or WIC employee, etc. And you know, typically you would have an older woman, mom, grandma, aunt, etc. that could give you advice on your child. But at the very least, the internet has wide amounts of information and libraries are literally free. There’s no excuse of “not knowing it was bad” for killing your child, just like you still get a ticket if your speedometer doesn’t work and you’re going 60 mph and you didn’t see the sign to slow to 25 mph.
When He Becomes She and You Still Call Her Him
When people around the world got confused about the he/she/he “OMG WHAT DO I CALL A TRANSGENDER WOMAN!?” situation after Bruce Jenner transitioned to being a woman and is now and forever known as Caitlyn Jenner. I had no tolerance for the people who continued to say it wrong after being corrected that “Yes, you should call her a she.” as well as those who claim it’s unnatural or it’s like saying “Your dog would now like to be a cat.” (Please don’t like/retweet/follow that guy – my point is he’s a jerk.) But I’m the jerk who isn’t being nice when I persistently correct the wrong pronoun use and I block people on Facebook who participate in having a negative opinion. Well guess what, your opinion is bad because it’s not about opinions, it’s about scientific facts and what you *think* about it has no bearing on what really exists. It’s important to have it noted that transsexualism stems from a real disorder known as Gender Identity Disorder and its recommended treatment is transition. Yes, that’s right. The medical treatment for this absolutely real disorder is to transition to the gender you identify with. So not only is the disorder real, the appropriate treatment is to enhance quality of life by being a transgendered person, or more accurately, become the gender you identify with.
When You’re Not Happy About Being Wrong About The World
And another, but not nearly the last, example of how much I can’t deal with stupidity, is the absolute head-desk reaction I have when I read the headline “The Pope Is About to Weigh In On Climate Change – Not Everyone Is Happy” because why the f*ck is the second half of the headline even important? Because the far-right, religious, climate change deniers don’t want a religious leader to tell them to believe in a scientific fact. Because Rick Santorum is quoted as saying “I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on…theology and morality.” And while Pope Francis doesn’t have “Masters in Chemistry” like some memes are reporting, he does have a certificate of higher education in science, so it’s kind of the same. Let’s though, get into why the whole entire idea of people disagreeing and being unhappy is just stupid. Climate change is real, it’s been scientifically proven over, and over, and over, and over again. (Yes, those are all different links.) However, we still somehow have a need to have a handy guide on how to talk to skeptics. Because other people (besides me) are aware that some people are constantly just way too stupid to handle without a guide.
Good Luck Pope Francis, I like you. I hope the Cardinals don’t poison you.
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