By population density alone we have a high number of idiots per square foot.
This is true. But only because they are condensed in the city due to ("possible", in this economy) proximity to work. That being said...a lot of the minor country stuff I've seen where I live include:
1) Not de-worming a foal they got in PAYMENT from someone who couldn't pay, because she is "less than six months, so you don't have to".
2) 10 + horses with a shed with a roof in a turn out pen knee deep in sh*^ and mud...literally. Horses were also wormed questionably (see above) and vaccinations also questionable.
3) Refusal to spay or neuter cats despite it being FREE. Refusal from one person to go get a kitten with a hernia the size of a BASEBALL vet care because they "couldn't see spending...on a cat". Their other cat had three young kittens, and did I want them, "all the others died"?
This is just recent matters concerning animals, there's a lot more, plus again, there's a lot of idiots in the city too...but...I'm not sure it's part of the "culture" to be stupid if you live in the city. Or maybe it depends where you are, and your decision to educate yourself.
@ Bearkiller, I know your *opinion* on upper education, so I added that qualifier.
Here in tree hugging Vancouver, if you want go be vegan, only buy "cruelty free" products, adopt from no-kill shelters and only buy from vegan stores and restaurants, it's entirely possible.
I think this is true in a lot of major cities, though not necessarily without any flak from others. ;) I have known a lot of vegetarians/vegans, and people who are very strongly "cruelty free". I also have known a lot of Buddhists, and as far as I know the shelters in my home town are no-kill. The qualifier being, they do make sure the animals are behaviorally sound. I don't imagine that bitey dogs stay at the nice, no kill shelter.
I'm not sure if it can be entirely blamed on a lack of common sense, but rather just a lack of exposure to some harsh realities (and no desire to face them).
The word for this is ignorance, and it is only a dirty word if you choose to let it be. The answer is education, assuming the person is willing to listen.
I firmly believe that if you can't kill it at least once, you really shouldn't be eating it. I have stated that on the vegetarian thread. It is one of the reasons that I seldom eat meat. I do not, however, align myself with PETA or any of the other agenda-laden (and BS in my mind) "animal rights groups", nor will I condemn others for eating meat when I myself choose not to.
All my pets are sterilized. I rescue animals. I think the government is full of $%^& and we the people have a RESPONSIBILITY to ourselves under the declaration of independence to change things when the government is no longer working for us. Oh,and I do vaccinate my children....
(Am I sounding like a "typical" Occupy Wallstreet, stupid city-dweller yet?) It's all about ignorance and choice: it's only stupidity when you make the solid choice to maintain your ignorance instead of weighing the facts and making a SOUND decision regarding matters and your beliefs.
I cannot and will not say that city people are, as a generality, "stupider" than country folk...that is simply not true.
Stupid is, as stupid does, right? ;) PS: I strongly advocate the sterilization of pets to all my friends and acquaintances, along with many other less popular "goods". I try to inform people, or at least ...pique their curiosity so they can do the research themselves.