Moron fatigue is the result of having a mind and knowing what you’re talking about. In a world full of absurd fake information of all kinds, supported by raving fanatical lunatics howling over every trivial issue, it’s more or less inevitable.
The good news is that moron fatigue, like the people who cause it, is superficial. You won’t die of it, and unfortunately neither will they, but it is annoying and intrusive, like a rash.
It can cause stress, which is more serious. If you’ve been listening for hours or what seems like decades to morons, or seeing their “revelations” for too long, you may feel like you need decontamination. You’re right.
No, I’m not going to suggest tolerance or acceptance. Quite the opposite. Morons should not be tolerated in your life in any form. They shouldn’t be tolerated in your career, either; they’re instant risks, as well as being utterly useless. There’s no such thing as a “useful idiot”, even in politics, where being a moron is a career requirement.
They certainly shouldn’t be “accepted” as though they were some form of unavoidable thing. They are quite avoidable and should be. Accepting the presence of a moron is like accepting a sort of endless liability. It’s ridiculous.
Predictably enough, the culture of engagement of the previous decade has left a slimy, sleazy, filth of intrusive moronic issues, situations, and problems. These types of engagement are all intrusive. Your privacy, like your peace of mind, is always at risk.
This world is based on types of engagement. Being a “social species” (sounds absurd, doesn’t it?) humans have to engage with some things, despite their better judgment and sense of personal hygiene. The obstacle course of modern life, of course, means you may have to engage with nice, sweet, smug, plump, fizzy, morons.
These endlessly employed, fully qualified, useless things seem to be built in to everything from middle management to those tiresome, pedantic fools with no imagination who just happen to be running things incredibly badly. They’re experts on nothing and have inputs in to everything around them. They’re the people who add 20 steps to something which should only take 1 step. They’re the drones in meetings, the tedious bastards who turn minor issues in to month-long epics.
The cure for moron fatigue
The proven cure is disengagement. You need to be clear about what you’re disengaging yourself from, and understand the values of disengagement. In the past, hermits were people who’d disengaged from society for basically the same reasons. Hermits were supposed to be ascetics, spiritual, whatever, but there were other good reasons for becoming a hermit:
Intellectual and professional contamination: The most common effect of morons is to intrude their imbecility in to everything.
- Obstruction: Morons get in the way of doing anything; they add obstacles to any process, any logic, any simple task. They are inefficiency incarnate.
- Religion: There is nothing more offensive than being told what to believe by some parroting fool who’s spouting beliefs like a broken sewer pipe. How many experts on God have you met? How many have the spiritual nature of a used piece of toilet paper?
- Bores: The bore is to humanity what sexual diseases are to sex. They come in all forms, from the truly ponderous, excruciatingly dull to the mono-subject Car Bore, College Bore, Sports Bore, Politics Bore, Money Bore, etc. You’ll find teams of elite bores infesting any subject.
- Materialists: Everything about a materialist is external. There’s usually nothing internal. There is no person in a materialist, just a cliché- obsessed shopping list.
- “Smart”, born-dishonest, hypocritical people: Everyone thinks they’re a genius, a great actor, and that other people believe every word they say. Some people are almost orgasmic when they think they’re getting away with something. This is the classic description of all-round morons.
All these morons have one thing in common – They all take up physical time and mental space, and everything they do leads to some uncomfortable situation for you. Aesthetically, they’re usually bland-hideous and spectacularly uninteresting on every level. Intellectually, they’re nothing. Pretty damn good reasons for disengagement, wouldn’t you say?
The practical methods of moron fatigue cure
A few options for disengagement:
- “The online hermit”: Lose the bores, lose the intrusive people, and lose the incompetent by unfriending, blocking, or simply abusing them until they go away. Change your contact addresses, change your avatars, become invisible. That will at least get rid of the serial offenders.
- Don’t be nice about unacceptable things: Tell people where to go. Do NOT tolerate unwanted intrusions. Ruthlessly eliminate the unacceptable. Avoid subjects and people where you already know the likely outcomes, which saves time.
- If you don’t like someone, don’t engage: Simple, efficient, and worthwhile if only for reducing the crowds of time wasters and lousy sources of information. Snap judgments may be right or wrong, but the instant-disengage approach allows you to filter out the fools.
- Don’t make a career of being surrounded by morons: Busy career people learn to adapt to morons by a simple, but self-inflicted process of developing “working relationships” with morons. This seems harmless, until you realize you’ve spent 30 years wading around in them and the results of their stupidity. That’s 30 years of dealing with non-achievers, problem-causers, obstructionists, and non-innovators who’ll never amount to anything. Save yourself some time – Map out a career path where you don’t have to deal with these plodding idiots.
Everyone has a personal suite of morons in their lives. Everyone’s need to disengage is therefore different, too. These are hints, but the bottom line is “Lose the morons any way you can”. You’ll feel a lot better.