The Participation Blog

Superiority Complex

Dale Carnegie, the incredibly influential How to Win Friends & Influence People book guy said, “When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” He said this in 1936! If he were alive in today’s U.S., I fear he’d be talking about it while lying on a couch in his therapist’s office. I’ve never understood how seemingly smart, sensible people (some of whom I’m related to) can believe some of the most outrageous, stupidest crap that anyone has ever imagined. Turns out the biggest reason isn’t ignorance, it looks more like unbridled arrogance. Thank you, science.

And while we’re on this general subject, I realize that it doesn’t feel politically correct to suggest that anyone is, in fact, stupid. But some people are. It’s often hard to define but, like pornography, you know it when you see it. We need to see it and learn to deal with it.