Brilliant ideas

Today I was talking to a friend who lives in Thailand and he told me about a “brilliant” (as in not really brilliant) idea that someone we know has come up with. The guy he mentioned has decided to open a Cajun restaurant. In Thailand.

When pressed on whether he thought he would have enough business for a Cajun restaurant (which almost to the person, no Thai has ever heard of) to survive, the guy responded, “Well, I’ll sell Thai food too!”

Let me see if I have this right. An American, in Thailand, thinks he is going to be able to make Thai food so much better than say, the 200+ Thai restaurants in town, that any lack of customers he has for his Cajun food will be made up for with his selling of Thai food.

Brilliant.

So many people do so many stupid things. And they can’t see the stupidity of it all because they convince themselves they are right first, before they dig into the reality of the facts.

Let me give you another example.

Since I hail from the great state of legalized marijuana sales—Colorado—almost every time I go back to the US, someone asks me if I can bring them some pot candy, some pot vape, or some other newly concocted form of imbibing in the drug. And I always ask, “Why would I do that? Why would I risk getting arrested so you can have a little bit of pot to dull your day?”

Maybe I just look stupid to them. Maybe the idea of getting me to bring this back for them sounds so good in their minds, that they can’t see the idiocy of it. They ask me before they dig into the reality of the facts.

Speaking before thinking is never good. Speaking before looking at the consequences or the fallout is never good. Ask yourself, “Have I ever said something before thinking about it and it worked out so good that I’ve decided to never think before I speak?” Have you ever thought that? Probably not.

But I’ll bet you’ve said some things without thinking that you have wished for years you could take back. From something as simple as saying, “Yes,” to the question, “Does this dress make me look fat,” to something more complex like blurting out to your boss that he’s, “Full of shit”.

You’ve done these kinds of things and you’ve not only tried to back your way out of them, you’ve learned from those experiences, and as an adult you’ve tried to think more often before you speak.

What a shame that not everyone can do that. That not even someone with arguably the most important position in the world can do that.

It’s hard to believe that the President of the United States can say something like, “if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets,” the U.S. has targeted 52 Iranian sites — “some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”

This was said in a tweet. Where he actually had to think slowly so he could type. He had time to ask himself, “Is this a good idea?” And he obviously convinced himself, “Yes.” Brilliant.

Now, this isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last, that this man has written something so foolish on Twitter that you’d expect it to have been posted by a 5-year-old. But this time, he said something this stupid after creating an international crisis (I will not argue with you about whether killing the Iranian General was right or wrong, because there are always two sides to that type of debate).

At a time where intelligence would have caused someone to stay off of Twitter, the President of the United States threatened to break an international law [The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict was developed by Unesco in 1954 and has been signed by 133 countries, and ratified by the US in 2009].

Then he doubled down on it the next day saying, “They’re allowed to torture and maim our people; they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites. It doesn’t work that way.”

After 24 hours of listening to people tell him it is against international law to bomb cultural sites, he still wouldn’t face the reality of how stupid his thinking was. Brilliant.

He’s since backed away from this, saying, “And we are, according to various laws, supposed to be very careful with their cultural heritage.

And you know? If that’s what the law is—I like to obey the law. But think of it, they kill our people, they blow up our people, but then we have to be very gentle with their cultural institutions.”

“But I’m okay with it. It’s okay with me.”

We all know he’s not okay with it. Because he continues to try to justify what he says before claiming he’ll follow the law.

I’ve laid off on this guy for a long time because the nonsense just became so overwhelming that writing about him all the time took away from the good things I wanted to say in my column.

But the brilliant dialog from him this week was just too much to let go by. Because it shows just how much of a man-child this President is. He doesn’t think before he speaks. And he doesn’t see that as a problem. It’s probably how he has always been. He’s not going to change.

Nonetheless, I have to hope that this week, maybe, just maybe, he saw how close what he was saying got the US to actually being pulled into another war. And that he will start to think every once in a while, before he writes something stupid on Twitter.

I doubt it, but I have to have hope. Because he isn’t going anywhere soon.

Because a whole lot of Americans think that the stupid things he says are good ideas. Brilliant in fact.

I’d agree, but it would have to be in the “not really brilliant” use of the word.