Being Stupid

Ramblings / Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Sometimes we notice these patterns around us. A phenomenon happening at random appeals to us because we have something relevant in our mind. Yesterday the same thing might have been dancing in front of us and we would not have given it a glance. Such a thing happened to me in the form of a word – stupid. This word caught on like a meme on FB and suddenly I saw it everywhere – eavesdropping bus conversations, communities’ threads, friendly gossips, articles and so on.

Below is just my thought process on the same.

Who exactly is a stupid?

Stupid as per dictionary is a person lacking intelligence. But to think of it, stupid might not be a person; it has more to do with their action or reaction to a particular situation.

I used to think that the more knowledgeable and academically stronger we are, the wiser. You can blame it on my acquaintances with people with Masters degree, double PhDs, rank holders, geeks and nerds. Graduates from IIT -> Anna University/MIT -> PSG/GCT/CIT types -> affiliated colleges in Chennai -> any other affiliated college: this was the hierarchy of respect that we used to have back in college days. Thus, when I got to know of this person whom I imagined to be an MBA-from-a-big-university types fellow just because he made sense always while talking to, was wise and well – informed, turned out not even to be a graduate, you will not know how my ego got shattered.

Who can call someone stupid?

I had noticed the usage of this word with atleast a minuscule of sympathy for the ignorant person, though they are being a victim essentially. When exactly did this transform into a sarcastic outburst of name calling and humiliating someone at their face, I have no idea. That said, telling “I will go to the end of the world to prove that you are stupid” to someone definitely falls under the ‘being mean’ category.

Can I say safely that, there is a need to understand this – at any point of time or place, there will be a crowd dumber or wiser than you.

Is it good or bad to be stupid?

It is not a crime to be ignorant .Someone has the right to not know something that the others know. Of course it should not stop us from learning or understanding something new that we did not know yesterday. So, maybe it is not exactly bad or good to be stupid.

Being absurd maybe offensive. Like an educated man asking an illiterate to correct his grammar. But stupidity is merely not knowing.

“Stupid is as stupid does” – Forrest Gump.

– Until next,

Vid 🙂

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5 Replies to “Being Stupid”

  1. I love the way you completed the article with a quote from Forrest Gump :-). For me stupidity has various shades and can be expressed in different forms. It actually became a word of abuse than a word of meaning now a days. And by the way if some body says “I will go to the end of the world to prove that you are stupid” How stupid is that 🙂

  2. Stupid: Nice analysis Vidhu.

    Some more to add:

    1. Stupid in one area may be wise in other place. A person buying a refrigrator in Antartica may be seen as a stupid person by the people of antartica. He may be considered wise, since he buys that article at a cheapest price , expecting his transfer to a tropical place.
    2. Stupid relates to level / or state of acceptance by the people. The ardent follower will accept every word ,( irrespective of the nature of stupidity) from the sayings of Guruji , without applying his analytical mind. If the same sermon is told to the outside world, the same will be considered stupid.
    3. A foolish statement repeatedly told/ advertised will become wise in course of time.
    Say, if an advertisement reads as under:

    Combing with hot iron bar will give curling in the hair.

    The same will be considered stupid by anyone who reads. If the same advertisement is repeated in paper several times., One may think ‘why can’t we try that; there may be truth in the statement”
    4. What is stupid in the present days would have been a wise thing, several years back. (Eg:Cruel treatment by yesteryears people for some problems).


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