Is it just me or are others infuriated by ignorance and stupidity?
Now I don’t blame people who are stupid, simply because they are. I mean they are born stupid. Nobody chooses to be an idiot. Mostly they can’t help it. Such is life.
No, what annoys me is that some stupid people insist on thinking they are smart. And smart to the extent that they know more about a given subject than a top professional.
Of course this likely happens in all manner of activities, but I want to talk about football – and Arsenal in particular.
I am told all the time “I am entitled to an opinion”.
Of course when I claim that in that case, I am entitled to hold the opinion that they are idiots, that same ‘entitlement’ doesn’t appear to hold true for me.
If an opinion is formed from a position of almost total ignorance or built on falsehoods and misinformation, what is it worth? It is in fact worth less than nothing. I would prefer to hold no opinion on matters, rather than one which proves I am a foolish halfwit.
If I have a heart complaint I’d go to see a specialist heart Consultant. If he tells me I am in decent health and half an Aspirin per day and some light exercise will see me well would I then insist that I need a quadruple bypass simply because my plumber mate down the pub says that’s what I need?
Or if I read a blog by an accountant in which he insists he has strong opinions on the matter, and I should therefore accept what he is saying, would I?
Well why does anyone who watches a football match and follows Piers Morgan on twitter think that they know better than Arsene Wenger? The reality is that in all likelihood, Doris the Tea Lady knows more about football and Arsenal than them. I get told “I am a season ticket holder, 30 years of watching Arsenal, that entitles me to an opinion.” Well I have been watching Westerns for 50 years but I would not presume to tell John Ford how to direct one. (I know he is dead by the way.)
Buying a ticket entitles you to nothing more than a seat and a game to watch. It does not buy you the right to pick the team, choose formations or set tactics.
If someone tells me the world is flat, I don’t feel the need to debate the subject with them. There could be only two reasons they believe that.
Complete stupidity. Or ignorance.
Ignorance can be excused. But if they have been told the facts and shown the evidence, ignorance can be excluded and stupidity is all that is left. So when someone says something like “Wenger does not understand defence” they immediately fall into the stupid category. And they should not complain when I tell them that they are a moron.
Or when people insist that Arsene has refused to spend money.
The annual accounts over the past 10 years prove there has been no money. Arsene has said there has been no money. So if they are going to ignore the facts then they can only be stupid. There is no alternative.
The biggest problem is not people like bloggers claiming to understand things that they clearly don’t. There will always be people who hugely overestimate their knowledge and intellect. No, the problem is the masses of ill-informed halfwits that accept and repeat as fact, the opinions of these leaders of opinion. Hitler was not the problem. It was the millions of followers he attracted that was the problem.
Some want-to-be manager writing a blog about Arsenal is not the problem. It’s the pathetic halfwits that believe that what he is saying has some real value, who are the problem.
People claim to know why Mata did not sign for Arsenal, for example. When in fact they have no idea at all the reasons for him going to Chelsea.
Here is the thing.
I have opinions about players, formations and tactics. Ask me on a Saturday morning to pick the team and I will have a go. But the difference is that by Saturday teatime, if we have lost I won’t claim it was because the manager was too stupid to pick the team that I did.
Pointing to an outcome and claiming it would have been better if your advice had been heeded Is nothing but evidence of your own arrogance and stupidity.
I really can’t understand why so many people believe that their one field of excellence is football and Arsenal.
But I can understand why they infuriate me with their ignorance and stupidity.
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