There are many things you can point to as proof that the human is not smart. But my personal favorite would have to be that we needed to invent the helmet. What was happening, apparently, was that we were involved in a lot of activities that were cracking our heads. We chose not to avoid doing those activities but, instead, to come up with some sort of device to help us enjoy our head-cracking lifestyles. And even that didn’t work because not enough people were wearing them so we had to come up with the helmet law. Which is even stupider, the idea behind the helmet law being to preserve a brain whose judgment is so poor, it does not even try to avoid the cracking of the head it’s in.
– Jerry Seinfeld
A couple of years ago, the emotion I experienced when reading this quote was one of joy of the intelligent humour that underlies it. However, even though I still think this short monologue is funny, it makes me feel that we are constantly being constrained in our activities by our governments (though the degree and dimensions of ‘intervention’ by the authorities in our respective countries might differ infinitely, depending on where we live).
In Europe, our governments are constraining many us to smoke and drink alcohol, through the continuous price increases, especially of the former.
Are not we the ones who should act ‘responsibly’? Do we really need government to tell us what to do and not do? Is this what you call freedom?
Why not raise the awareness that smoking and drinking (a lot) is unhealthy and kills, but keep the prices reasonable, thereby allowing us, the reasonable people we are, to decide for ourselves?
Or maybe Mr Seinfeld is right that we are just not smart enough in many ways, or at least that is what our governments believe and make us believe.