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Stupidity Over Willful Ignorance

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A stupid mind doesn't have the ability to achieve higher levels of intelligence, understanding, reason, and sense. A willfully ignorant one conveniently chooses not to and mistakes that for wisdom, which is in many cases, much worse.

Many people believe that attacking and belittling someone for not being smart or "smart enough" is one of the highest of insults. But almost no one I've seen thinks willful ignorance nearly as bad.

A stupid or mentally handicapped person may not have the ability to think like many people do. But a willfully ignorant one chooses not to out of convenience or laziness, which I argue, is much worse and potentially more dangerous.

Personally, I'd much rather be an idiot than willfully ignorant.

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AnonymousRabbitLover's avatar
This is a perfect description of anyone on the internet nowadays.
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
Thank you. I agree. :)
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You’re welcome. :)
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TheJewishMarxistHobbyist Digital Artist
pretty much shows SJWs in a nutshell.
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
Yep! :D
TheJewishMarxist's avatar
TheJewishMarxistHobbyist Digital Artist
Willful ignorance is wrong.
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Tman2Student General Artist
This seems to relate to when I debate a feminist on equal abortion rights.
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
Or any social justice warrior for that matter.
Tman2's avatar
Tman2Student General Artist
Yeah, I just got blocked by one because she couldn't actually hold a debate on abortion, she hid all my comments too. These people are fucking insane -.-
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
Yep! Typical. You can reason with these types of people.
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Tman2Student General Artist
I'm actually curious about something. What's your stance on gender?
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
That's an incredibly vague question. You're going to have to be a lot more specific than that.
Tman2's avatar
Tman2Student General Artist
Do you believe there are more than two basic genders? Not sex mind you, I mean mentally.
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
In terms of biology, no. There are only 2 sexes, male and female. In terms of identity, yes, there are many.
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Zeonista's avatar
The Internet allows us to be the smugly smartest guy in the room at some time. :)  Or at least lets us think so. YMMV
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
That's a good point! :D
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MikeBennett1980Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true!


:iconronwhiteplz: "You can't fix stupid."
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
You can't really fix ignorant, but yeah. :)
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MikeBennett1980Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally agree! :D
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MapleTeaaHobbyist Writer
Very true.
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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ZaphodiopProfessional Filmographer
This reminds me of a conversation my dad and I had years ago.  My dad always said that "ignorance can be cured, but stupidity is for life; choosing to remain ignorant is true stupidity."

What he meant by that was that even if someone is born with a mental handicap, so long as they have the desire to learn they are not stupid, but if a certified genius (IQ of 140 or higher) refused to continue to learn then they displayed true stupidity.

No one can know absolutely everything, so having intellectual curiosity is what the mark of intelligence should be.  Not memorized knowledge that can be simply regurgitated onto a test.
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brentcherryProfessional General Artist
That's a very strong point! I agree completely! :D
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ZaphodiopProfessional Filmographer
:) Sankyu.
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