Everyone has seen the movie The Lion King, and everyone knows the villain, a devious lion called Scar. He is one of Disney’s most prominent villains (and that is partly because he is voiced by the marvelous [and British] Jeremy Irons) because he is evil with a hint of charm. Come on! If anybody ever said that Scar isn’t charming in a scary sort of way, I would have sharp words with them.
We all remember the scene where he sings the gratuitous villain song, “Be Prepared”. Before he starts singing, Scar is explaining his plan to the hyenas and they just aren’t getting it. He puts his paw to his temple and mutters, “I’m surrounded by idiots.” How many times have we done that since we matured? A lot, we all know that at least. There are moments in life where we are surprised by the sheer stupidity of a situation or a person.
Since I have grown up (and become more dry witted with age, kind of like a good wine), I have become less tolerant of stupidity in all its forms. Of course, that is partly due to example set by my father. He punished stupidity decisively and without mercy (dramatic emphasis). Anyway, every time I see or hear something that challenges intelligence as we know it, I always say, “I’m surrounded by idiots.” Certain things at work make me blink once, twice, and my one eye usually twitches sporadically. Example being over Easter weekend, I had a family of four walk in and I didn’t have a table for them and I told them they would have to wait a bit. Instead, like every other ‘smart’ person out there, they asked to sit four people at a table that could seat twelve. I told them no, “It’s meant for larger parties.”
“Can’t you pull that other table away so we can sit there?” Said ‘other’ table, could seat four people, but there was no space to put it in to, or extra chairs to put around it to seat four. Needless to say, I did my two blinks and eye twitch. I couldn’t (and I never will) understand why people don’t seem to get that I am a hostess, not a magician.
“Damn it, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a magician!” – Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy, Star Trek
And on that note, it’s been real!