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Stupidity Over Willful Ignorance by brentcherry Stupidity Over Willful Ignorance by brentcherry

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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:iconanonymousrabbitlover:
AnonymousRabbitLover Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017
This is a perfect description of anyone on the internet nowadays.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I agree. :)
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:iconanonymousrabbitlover:
AnonymousRabbitLover Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017
You’re welcome. :)
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:iconthephilosophicaljew:
ThePhilosophicalJew Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty much shows SJWs in a nutshell.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yep! :D
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:iconthephilosophicaljew:
ThePhilosophicalJew Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Willful ignorance is wrong.
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:icontman2:
Tman2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student General Artist
This seems to relate to when I debate a feminist on equal abortion rights.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Or any social justice warrior for that matter.
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:icontman2:
Tman2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student 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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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yep! Typical. You can reason with these types of people.
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:icontman2:
Tman2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm actually curious about something. What's your stance on gender?
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
That's an incredibly vague question. You're going to have to be a lot more specific than that.
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:icontman2:
Tman2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Do you believe there are more than two basic genders? Not sex mind you, I mean mentally.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional 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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:iconzeonista:
Zeonista Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
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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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
That's a good point! :D
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:iconmikebennett1980:
MikeBennett1980 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true!


:iconronwhiteplz: "You can't fix stupid."
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
You can't really fix ignorant, but yeah. :)
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:iconmikebennett1980:
MikeBennett1980 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally agree! :D
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:iconmapleteaa:
MapleTeaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Very true.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconzaphodiop:
Zaphodiop Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional 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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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
That's a very strong point! I agree completely! :D
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:iconzaphodiop:
Zaphodiop Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
:) Sankyu.
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:iconsigmapoe:
SigmaPoe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
nice gun
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:iconzaphodiop:
Zaphodiop Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sankyu!
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome! :D
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:iconjulian0123:
julian0123 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's an interesting point of view. We probably share that view.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm glad. Thanks! :D
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:iconjulian0123:
julian0123 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yourwelcome :D
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:icongreatkingrat88:
Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
Stupidity and wilful ignorance are both awful, and they both have the same results- idiotic decisions made by idiotic people, thinking themselves intelligent. 
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Commonly, yes. But not always.
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:icongreatkingrat88:
Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
So much so, I'd wager, that the "not always" is insignificant to the point of almost not existing. 
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Compared to what I've seen, I somewhat agree with you.
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:icongreatkingrat88:
Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Thank you. Stupidity and ignorance grates at me, and it's so... common.
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:iconxender1500:
Xender1500 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
"You can bring a horse to the water, but you can't make him drink." Not even if he is dehydrated.
Any person can be taught something if they're willing.
A person who is not willing to learn will remain ignorant no matter how intelligent they are.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
That is very true! :D
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:iconxender1500:
Xender1500 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This explains the uneducated but wise person vs the educated (maybe even an academic graduate) idiot.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yes! Exactly! :D
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:iconcryofthebeast:
CryoftheBeast Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
I've alway thought of ignorance as naivety. I think of the stupid, as one who should know better, but does or says something foolish anyways.

Your explanation makes sense too though.  
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm glad. Thanks! :D
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:iconoddgarfield:
OddGarfield Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student
Only intelligence and truthful knowledge of one topic will come out as the truth of the matter. Well done on this one BJ.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconoddgarfield:
OddGarfield Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student
You're welcome. :)
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:icontheamericankaiser:
TheAmericanKaiser Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhurpplz::iconsaysplz:DOTH MINE EYES DECEIVETH ME? DOTH MINE EYES SEE PURE RETARD? OR DOTH I SAY... PURE DERP?

:iconderpplz::iconsaysplz:IT TRULY IS THE HURP TO MY DERP...
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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:iconshadowofwopr:
ShadowofWOPR Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
Ignorance is worse; because people who choose to be willfully ignorant choose not to learn, stupid people can still be taught, the willfully ignorant cannot.
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:iconbrentcherry:
brentcherry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
In most cases, I can agree. I think while stupid people have limits, they're more likely to make an effort than ignorant people.
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:iconoddgarfield:
OddGarfield Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student
Agreed.
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:icongraeystone:
Graeystone Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
A conclusion I came to years ago - "Ignorance isn't bliss, its just an excuse to be more ignorant."
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