If you had a million dollars to reduce stupidity where you live, how would you spend it?
I certainly would not spend the money on education, as some others stated. Stupidity has nothing to do with learning. I know a lot of people who are well-educated, but they’re really stupid. Look at all the politicians who seem to have it all, and then throw it away to have sex, or an affair with some woman. How stupid can someone be? Do they think they won’t get caught? Probably not. That’s how stupid they are. And it has nothing to do with intelligence, because most of these people are intelligent, but they’re stupid. Real stupid.
I would spend the million dollars on things I need; a car, nice clothes, nice place to live, traveling. I certainly would not spend it trying to teach people not to be stupid. It’s a waste of time. You know what Forrest Gump said: “Stupid is as stupid does”. I’d be stupid to use it for the purpose of trying to cure stupidity. That stupid I’m not!
Botswana has the pula. Burma has the kyat. Mexico has the peso. There are an amazing variety of names for money. What would you call the currency if you had your own country?
Would I love to have my own country! No one can tell me what to do. I’d tell people what to do. It’d be great.
But, anyway, if I had my own country, I’d call the currency liberti. It would be a constant reminder to me that there’s nothing more important than liberty. Every time I’d look at the currency I’d be reminded about liberty. And if, I forgot, the coins would bring me back to reality. I mean, that’s a lot of power owning my own country. I’d probably get carried away with all the power. I’ve never seen anyone not be seduced by the power given them. I see it every time a politician gets elected to office. He begins by doing what he feels is right, but pretty soon, he becomes one of the group. The group, in turn, makes him one of them. No longer does he do what he feels is right. He goes along with the group. If he thinks outside the box, he’ll lose his group.
So Liberti would be the name of my country’s currency.