Britain going to the dogs.

I remarked to someone at a press drinks do recently that the problem with Britain is that the stupid people are rising to the top. He was a stranger and I evidently touched a raw nerve as he snarled at me with; “You’re just against the working class!” I didn’t bother to argue and changed my talking companion pretty damn smartly.

Why he would think I was getting at the working class, I have no idea. ‘Stupid’ has nothing to do with ‘class’. There are bright people in all classes just as there are stupid people in all classes.

However, don’t you think, when you watch television – and read the newspapers – it is the stupid people who seem to be rising to the top? Whether politicians – and here I do not consign my remarks for any particular party; or celebrities – here, unlike politicians, they all seem pretty stupid; business people – just look at the terminal 5 fiasco; local government, newspaper editors – and television producers; the list could go on indefinitely.

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the questions straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America. 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. 5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress. 6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

List a few teachers who aided your journey through school. 2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time. 3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. 4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special. 5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with .

Easier? The lesson: the people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

So next time you crave to see a celebrity, just remember, they are one minute wonders. They don’t count. The people who matter are those who you love, and who love you. And when you see stupidity around you, talk about it, discuss it… if everyone did this, hopefully the dross may sift down to the bottom where it belongs.


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