Thinking For Dummies

Thinking isn’t too hard once you get the hang of it.  But most people meander through their mediocre lives seemingly oblivious to the fact that this isn’t a dress rehearsal – this is it. The worst part about thinking is you can think too much and goof up your day.

Like PIN numbers.  Every time I use my ATM card, the machine asks for my pin number.  When I type in the four digits, it shows “XXXX” and then asks “Is this your pin number?”

Well of course XXXX isn’t my pin number but if I press “no” I’ve got to start all over again. And I must keep inserting my card until I answer “Yes”.  In other words, I’ve got to lie to the damn ATM  to get my own money on which I’ll be charged a hefty fee plus an additional fee by my bank because I didn’t use their inconvenient ATM.

Once I walked up to my bank’s ATM and inserted my card.  When it asked for my pin number,  I typed “XXXX”.  The friggin’ machine shot out my card so fast I thought it would hit the ground.

People are as boring with their pin numbers as they are in their lives.  A recent poll showed about 1/3 of all adults use: 1-2-3-4-5, or a-b-c-d-e  or some derivation of those.  I guess they think they can remember those but since they don’t have much else about which to think, they should make a little more effort not to be such dullards.

4 Responses to “Thinking For Dummies”

  1. Bill says:

    Thinking is a skill that can be taught, practiced, and perfected just like tennis, but it does take work, and most people don’t want to be bothered.

    Knowledge is acquired with time and effort, but many folks think they know it all by virtue of simply existing. They don’t.

    Three decades of public contact work taught me most people are a whole lot nicer than you’d expect, but they are also a whole lot dumber than you’d expect.

  2. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    Hey! The bank says XXXX is my pin too!.

  3. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    I don’t know Bill, Dumber than I would expect is a electing a Polywog and and expecting it to turn into a Prince redeemable frog.
    Nicer than I would expect is a politician with an opioid addiction- who has an impacted bowel movement really stuck halfway in and out like a concrete tyurd and has to dig it out of his anus with a spoonhandle and his fingernails and tells you not to shake hands with him instead of holding your baby and picking his nails on it’s diaper.

  4. Bill says:

    My comments were about “people”. Nobody said anything about the lower life form known as politicians.

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