The Ignorant Fisherman
Young man got his diploma and decided to travel the world. In a poor, developing country, he took a boat across the bay with a local fisherman, and tried to start a conversation.
“What is your favorite play by Shakespeare?” he asked.
“Who?” replied the fisherman. “Never heard of him.”
“Oh, what is your favorite branch of philosophy?” he tried.
“Philoso-what?” the fisherman looked at the graduate with a uncomprehending look.
“Um, how do you feel about the situation in the Middle East?”
“Never met them,” the fisherman said.
While the very educated young man sat trying to find something to say to this ignorant rube, the fisherman tried to avoid a speedboat piloted by a drunk, but the speedboat clipped his little craft and sped away, leaving him and the graduate in a rapidly sinking boat.
The fisherman pulled off his shirts and said, “We are going to have to swim for shore.”
And the graduate said, “But I don’t know how to swim!”