Most people are familiar with the experience of dealing with an idiot. You know what I mean; that driver on the highway who can’t follow the same road rules as everybody else, or the customer at the grocery who doesn’t understand how sales tax works. We’ve all run into those people at some point, but have you ever had the distinct displeasure of encountering an individual whose idiocy is not just annoying, but willful, maybe even cultivated? This is not your run of the mill foolishness, nor is it common stupidity, but fine-tuned, heavily shielded absurdity.
It takes effort to maintain such an astounding level of ignorance in the middle of the information age. It’s not as though refraining from seeking knowledge is enough. A truly dedicated idiot must also strive to ignore every bit of readily available information that contradicts her worldview. Blinders are not enough; this kind of idiot must gird his brains in belief armor of the highest grade in order to avoid that uncomfortable mind-changing sensation.
Have you ever listened to someone bury her head so far into her colon you’re afraid that even surgery won’t do her any good? Someone whose profound foolishness has the effect of sending others in search of knowledge to counter it? Such an epic quest for quackery deserves a prize at the end.
There just happens to be one: The Koalemos awards, created by Sage Gerard. According to the patreon page for the award show, “The Koalemos Awards is a comedy series that commemorates outstanding acts of unintentional self-deprecation in the spirit of Matthijs Van Boxsel. Anyone can nominate another individual for a Koalemos, but the qualifications for the award are specific. They require not just run of the mill stupidity, but stubborn, arrogant irresponsible, public idiocy despite a capacity for intelligence, compassion, and growth.
Two “winners” have already been selected, and videos posted.
Nominations are being taken for the next award.
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