I am so jaded about most things. Why, then, am I constantly astounded by (a) people's stupidity and (b) the fact that relatively smart people sometimes surround themselves with stupid people? I can only assume that some people can't stand the competition that comes with having intelligent folks around. And by "intelligent", I don't mean with 14 degrees or sitting around quoting Hegel or using great big words or going around proclaiming what geniuses they are (ha) or getting all A's or whatever, I mean people who have something to say and an opinion and do something besides kiss up to supposedly "smart" person all day long like s/he is God on a piece of toast. I can't even begin to express how happy I am that I do not keep such ppl (either kind) around me.