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Old May 7th, 2014, 06:34 AM   #1
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What is stupid?


The word stupid is overused and misused and abused but its a word that most people, even the so called stupid people cannot help but use, so what is stupidity?

Its not so easy to define something as absolutely stupid, but lets try.

In my view stupidity is low self-esteem. Any action that originates from a position of low self-estimation of oneself is stupid because one cannot change one's own estimation by an action that is outside of oneself. In other words, a stupid person with low self-esteem cannot become high self-esteem and intelligent by calling another person something derogatory.

While stupid people cannot help but follow the strategy of externalizing their internal deficiencies, but I guess that is why they're stupid.

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Old May 7th, 2014, 06:42 AM   #2

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I don't like to use the word 'stupid' to describe other people. To me, the word denotes an actual lack of intelligence or common sense. The fact that many people don't use their intelligence doesn't mean they don't possess it.
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I don't like to use the word 'stupid' to describe other people. To me, the word denotes an actual lack of intelligence or common sense. The fact that many people don't use their intelligence doesn't mean they don't possess it.
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Capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc. - according to Dictionary.com, which also offers "stupidity" as an antonym.

It sounds like something virtually all of humanity possesses to some extent, but that many (self definitely included) fail to demonstrate in their daily lives. Thus, when I see other persons displaying ignorance, I generally see it as a form of laziness rather than genuine stupidity.
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In my view stupidity is low self-esteem. Any action that originates from a position of low self-estimation of oneself is stupid because one cannot change one's own estimation by an action that is outside of oneself.
Can you explain your thinking a bit more here? I don't really follow how stupidity = low self-esteem. I think they're rather two separate qualities that exists on different axes, so that a person can be highly intelligent and have high or low self-esteem and so on. Also I think that external actions can have a powerful effect on self-image, so perhaps I've misunderstood your post.

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In other words, a stupid person with low self-esteem cannot become high self-esteem and intelligent by calling another person something derogatory.
I think people do attempt to increase their own self-image through seeing others in derogatory terms though, and often it works for them. For some people seeing others as stupid is a way of making themselves feel more intelligent.

You're right it's often an abused term anyway, people often use it to describe ideas they simply disagree with (or that they don't understand) or it can be seen as synonymous with uneducated. I guess it can have various meanings, depending on context. It can frequently be used to describe actions for example.

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Capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc. - according to Dictionary.com, which also offers "stupidity" as an antonym.

It sounds like something virtually all of humanity possesses to some extent, but that many (self definitely included) fail to demonstrate in their daily lives. Thus, when I see other persons displaying ignorance, I generally see it as a form of laziness rather than genuine stupidity.
Exactly.

Sometimes it appears to me that stupidity is some sort of intelligence I can't explain, thus that doesn't have to mean I'm more intelligent.
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Stupid is when one does something that common sense and/or experience dictates otherwise and fails.

If one succeeds, it is brilliant, not stupid.
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If one succeeds, it is brilliant, not stupid.
Or just lucky. Crossing a busy road without looking, for example.
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For me, the definition of stupidity is unwillingness to change or willfull unwillingness to open ones mind to logic or facts. It's stupid to do the same thing over and over expecting different results (also a bit insane, if we take the definition for insanity). It is stupid to refuse to look at facts for fear of them changing your mind or point of view. It is stupid to allow ones emotions to dictate one's actions except in a few cases. I think there is a certain amount of naivety that enters the picture as well.

I don't think stupidity has anything to do with intelligence or lack of intelligence, since there are some incredibly intelligent stupid people. There are some incredibly wise people who lack facts but manage their affairs by relying on experience. There are some very stupid people (many, many) who take each situation they find themselves in without relying on experiance, facts, logic or forethought.
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Basically, this thread is about what I think stupidity originates from - low self-esteem. And my main interest is to find out if my view of stupidity is correct or not. So, don't mind if I don't reply to all the posts because I can't reply if I have nothing to say.
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