I know it was just a little tweet, but I want to clarify something too.
I have two degrees. I use polysyllabic words. I even read The Wall Street Journal every day.
I don't wear bib overalls. I haven't driven around with a dog in the bed of my rusty pick-up, and I've never had Bud Light under a bridge in Daisy Dukes while fishing in the dark.
Or ever actually.
But neither of these sets of characteristics have much to do with being stupid. Just because a person has lots of letters behind his name or an impressive title doesn't mean he's the brightest.
Just because a person has a flashy TV job or a big Twitter following doesn't mean he's the smartest either.
Living in a big city doesn't actually make you a genuis, nor does being progressive or rich or well-traveled.
Plenty of pretty bright people were rural.
Say - oh, I don't know -- George Washington.
Stupidity doesn't come from living in the country. It's a result of failing to engage life or know history, failing to learn from the greats before us or rejecting truth.
Stupidity isn't the result of believing in the Second Amendment, going to church on Sunday and taking walks on gravel roads. Doing loads of my husband's manure-y laundry and owning as many pairs of boots as I do high heels doesn't mean I'm a moron.
Stupidity's a result of thinking small.
And assuming that because a person lives in a small town or rural setting he's automatically stupid is a pretty myopic view.
I'm not offended by your tweet, Taran. (People use that term way too much in my opinion.)
But I do think you'd be wise to pack up your hatchback and head out of town. Start driving toward Kansas or Iowa or Nebraska. Stop at a farmstead with hog sheds. Pull into a dairy and watch the activity. Con a farmer into giving you a ride in a combine if he's finishing up harvest.
Ask questions. Be inquisitive. Allow curiosity to do its work.
If you do, I'll legit bet the farm you'll discover rural folks aren't stupid just because they're different from you.
And you may -- you just may -- find that you're not as smart as you think either.
Turns out . . . we all have a lot of growing we could do.
Now THAT'S something worth tweeting.