Stupids


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Stupids

Term used by samurai for the suits who employ them. Succinctly expresses an attitude at least as common, though usually better disguised, among other subcultures of hackers. There may be intended reference here to an SF story originally published in 1952 but much anthologised since, Mark Clifton's "Star, Bright". In it, a super-genius child classifies humans into a very few "Brights" like herself, a huge majority of "Stupids", and a minority of "Tweens", the merely ordinary geniuses.
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'If I had them on I could find out which men in my kingdom are unfit for the offices they hold; I could distinguish the wise from the stupid! Yes, this cloth must be woven for me at once.' And he gave both the impostors much money, so that they might begin their work.
Not stupid dolts, nor fat bourgeois swine of business men, but men of temperament, of flame and fire; madmen, maybe, but a lawless, royal race of madmen.
The penalty paid by the stupid man is simpler, easier.
"To be sure, my dear, that is very stupid indeed, and shows a great want of genius and emulation.
In my domain they become assured; all stupid shame fleeth away; they empty themselves.
He was soon met by two schoolboys of the upper class-that is to say as individuals, for with regard to learning they were in the lowest class in the school; and they bought the stupid bird.
It was so cleverly stupid and unoriginal, and also so convincing, that the leaders cannot help but regard him as safe and sure, while his platitudes are so much like the platitudes of the average voter that - oh, well, you know you flatter any man by dressing up his own thoughts for him and presenting them to him."
The Cobbler, under the fear of death, confessed that he had no knowledge of medicine, and was only made famous by the stupid clamors of the crowd.