Calling people stupid seems to be acceptable as long as you are not saying it to their face. I was thinking about how I’ve done it on this blog and in real life and I’m starting to think it is not such a great term to use.
Most people in this world aren’t stupid. They are usually of average intelligence who sometimes have their good moments and bad ones. The amount of stupid people walking around is probably very similar to the number of smart ones. Everyone else is just somewhat average. When you call someone stupid, it’s usually directed to a certain incident where in your mind, they should have obviously done something differently. I think most of the time it’s not stupidity that is the root of bad decisions but emotions and instinct. I think for everyone there has been many situations where you almost knowingly made the wrong decision but you would never categorize yourself as stupid cause it’s you and not someone else.
Calling someone stupid is worse than using racial slurs. Racial slurs mean nothing. They are just derogatory terms to describe someone’s race to maybe anger them. When you call someone stupid, you can lower their self-esteem and confidence forever. No one wears the stupid badge with honour. There’s no Stupid Club, Stupid Panthers or Stupid Pride Parades.
We’re not allowed to hate anyone for the colour of their skin but we can hate stupid people all day long. What if they are stupid and were just born that way? Sometimes they are okay as long as they are nice. Sort of like the one black guy that a KKK member doesn’t mind because he saved his life. Most often someone will call someone stupid because they don’t see eye to eye. Is it stupidity or is it ignorance, self-preservation, ego? Being stupid implies that someone is not able to see the obvious. Quite often the obvious is only obvious after experience and sometimes that’s not enough.
Being a truly stupid person is quite the disability because you’ll never own up to it and you will go through life trying to convince yourself that you’re not that dumb. It’s like crazy people. No one who is crazy thinks they are crazy. It’s easier to accept being short, weak, fat, homosexual, physically disabled, poor, blind because there’s no denying anything that can be measured or felt. You can sort of measure how smart or dumb a person is but no one takes those tests or you can always find a way to convince yourself that you are smart enough in some way. Kind of like people who suck at school will claim to be street smart.
Calling someone or everyone stupid is displaying a sense of anger or frustration. When you can’t convince someone to see what you see then you often just resort to labelling them as stupid. It’s also used to bring about a sense of empowerment to one’s self.
I think stupidity is often mistaken for dickheadness. When someone intends to be a shitty person because of selfish means, then they can only make sense of it with illogical and ruthless thinking which tends to appear stupid. In actuallity they are not stupid but instead, not very nice. So maybe it’s more correct to label them as being a-holes or unenlightened instead of stupid.
When someone is considered to be truly stupid, all it means is that they are stupid in this system of life. Perhaps they are the equivalent to Albert Einstein in some other universe.