"Have you ever noticed that idiots have a lot of friends? It's just an observation."
This part of the story, found on page 35, really caught my eye when I first saw it.
It made me stop reading and think for a moment, because, honestly, Ed isn't being pessimistic, he's being truthful. Idiots DO tend to have a lot of friends, and because they do, their actions are encouraged by them, so they keep doing the stupid things that they do. They can also be largely influenced by the people around them to be the way they are. Their friends also get the idea that what they are doing is okay because their group of friends allow it, and they don't realize how stupid they look to the rest of the world. Ed might also mean that people who have a lot of friends are stupid because they learn to trust most of the people they meet, which isn't really considered a smart thing to do.