Yesterday I interviewed then oversaw testing of a very bright young man at a mid-state location. During discussion afterward he described his frustration with the majority of other “students” at his high school. He described the majority of the school’s enrollees as having a lack of interest in reasonable things, a lack of respect for self and others, problems with self-direction, and so forth. He used the term “idiocracy” to describe the mental status of most of the young people enrolled at the school. I think he meant to say “idiocy,” but the boy’s misstatement surprised and made my colleague and me laugh out loud. I blurted out, laughing, “Well, that’s our form of government.” Rule of, by, and for the idiots – frustrating.
Yes, I know “idiocracy” has a “real” meaning, too.