I have found a euphemism for referring to someone’s (apparent) lack of intelligence. It’s “left-side-of-the-Bell-curve”. Only a few relatives have been apprised of the meaning, so I can utter this judgment of some fellow human with impunity. I am confronted with the problem/phenomenon almost daily.
Anyone familiar with Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic, The Little Prince, may recall the illustration of a snake that has swallowed an elephant. That resembles a Bell curve: hump in the middle (smoother than his drawing, but it is an elephant!) and two tapered sides. A classic Bell curve displays the distribution of human intelligence, ranging from little-to-none on the left (tail of the snake) to most-intelligent on the right (it’s head, of course), with the bulk in the middle. From this diagram, one can deduce that half the population on this planet has intelligence somewhere below the median. Not everyone will accept “median” as being good, especially arrogant jerks that think they’re smarter than everyone else.
If you consider the global population and the number condemned by birth to the left side of the Bell curve, it is easier to understand why there are so many stupid people on the loose. Of course, if you add the aspect of common sense, the number of foolish people increases. It’s surprising that human life has survived as long as it has.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.