The Lotus Eaters


“An idiot by any other name, would be as dumb” – eLG


Mythology In Greek mythology, the lotus-eaters (Greek λωτοφάγοι, lōtophagoi), also referred to as the lotophagi or lotophaguses (singular lotophagus, pronounced /ləˈtɒfəɡəs/) or lotophages (singular lotophage, pronounced /ˈloʊtəfeɪdʒ/), were a race of people from an island near North Africa dominated by lotus plants. The lotus fruits and flowers were the primary food of the island and were narcotic and addictive, causing the people to sleep in peaceful apathy.

The lotus eaters by Alfred Tennyson

The mariners are put into an altered state when they eat the lotos. During this time, they are isolated from the world:[4]

The mariners explain that they want to leave reality and their worldly cares:[4]

The mariners demonstrate that they realize what actions they are committing and the potential results that will follow, but they believe that

Although the mariners are isolated from the world, they are connected in that they act in unison. This relationship continues until the very end

Yup, he’s talking about idiot’s alright. Particularly this line “they are connected in that they act in unison”. This, as far as I can see, is about 80% of the population. So eating lotus pedals is the same as the modern “Drinking the Kool-Aid” becoming a firm believer in something: accepting an argument or philosophy wholeheartedly or blindly. The term originated with the Jonestown Massacre,

For disambiguation I include the following from wikipedia

An idiot, dolt, or dullard is a mentally deficient person, or someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way. More humorous synonyms of the term include addlehead, blockhead, bonehead, deadhead, dimwit, dodo, dope, dummy, dunderhead, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, numbskull, stupidhead, thickhead, and twit, among many others. Archaically the word mome has also been used. The synonymous terms moron, imbecile, and cretin have all gained specialized meanings in modern times. An idiot is said to be idiotic, and to suffer from idiocy. A dunce is an idiot who is specifically incapable of learning. An idiot differs from a fool (who is unwise) and an ignoramus (who is uneducated/ an ignorant), neither of which refer to someone with low intelligence.

I would like to add to this list, terms I have heard to describe idiots; stupidos, parrots, zombies, golems, 2d, hollow, second-handers, superficialists, normals, hipostatized or in more general terms ideologists. I prefer the traditional word idiot, however, We are, after all, striving to be professionals, and not pejorative.

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