“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”H. L. Mencken
What sparked this diatribe (and public service anoouncement) on morons was a meme circulating on Social media. I won’t dignify it by repeating it, but in summary it implied that by having had a black president for eight years that somehow mitigated and eliminated the centuries-long history of racism in this country.
So, I thought I would offer this simple guide to those who may need it to understand their own implicit biases, to help them identify them, and hopefully to work on eliminating them.
Here’s a simple checklist to determine if you harbor any moronic, churlish, idiotic, misanthropic, antisocial, or racially biased fallacies in your character.
You might be a moron if…
…you believe your sexual orientation implicitly grants moral superiority over any other.
…you believe your race implicitly grants intellectual superiority over any other.
…you believe your ethnicity implicitly grants cultural superiority over any other.
…you believe your religion implicitly grants theological superiority over any other.
…you believe your place of birth implicitly grants hereditary superiority over any other.
…you believe your educational level implicitly grants knowledge superiority over any other.
…you believe your lack of education implicitly grants practical superiority over any other.
If you hold any beliefs that your personal characteristics- those mostly an accident or fortune of birth—grant you any measure of superiority over others, you are likely a moron.
It is the content of your character, and your actions towards others, that measures your value as a person.
Keep these wise words in mind from the Neil Diamond song, Done too Soon whenever you find yourself feeling smug about yourself in comparison to others.
And each one thereDone too Soon, Neil Diamond
Has one thing shared:
They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Looked up in wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done
For being? Done too soon,
For being? Done too soon.
For being? Done.
We all sweat beneath the same sun and look up in wonder at the same moon…
Everything else is just the dust of life.
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