Starting life on a farm, I enjoyed the years of living just outside my hometown of 427 people. Most of the residents, their ancestors, and their descendants had lived in this area since 1820s.
When my own small family moved to Ireland in 1985, our adventures took us through small villages with their own populations, much like ours, only theirs dated back to the 1700s, if not earlier.
These villages and my own hometown had many similarities. Those are obvious, so they do not need to be listed.
However, one striking similarity was the presence of locals who were referred to as the “village idiots”. My parents explained this was not an insult, but was the only way to describe this part of the populations.
But, after watching this episode of “Monty Python”, I learned how this came to be.
This relieves my mind, as I couldn't force myself to see people that way. My parents probably were not aware of this hidden training program.
P. S. I love Monty Python episodes, their unique sense of humor, and satire on the English society. I found this video, and decided to write around it. Hope no one is offended--that is certainly not my desire or intention.