USA :what is stupidity and where can we find a remedy

Let’s put it this way: we all do stupid things. We are all stupid to a greater or lesser degree. A life without nonsense would be too boring, after all. Perhaps, to talk about stupidity is also a sovereign folly. But…

If Humanity is in a deplorable state, full of hardships, misery and misery, it is because of general stupidity, which conspires against well-being and happiness.

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Cry or laugh

In the face of stupidity, we could lament as Heraclitus did regarding the vain human condition. But a humorous look, like that of Democritus of Abdera, is undoubtedly more comforting.

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Michel de Montaigne pointed out in his “Essays” that he preferred that laughing and mocking face: “Because he is more contemptuous, and condemns us more than the other, and it seems to me that we can never suffer as much contempt as we deserve.”

Now, what can be understood by stupidity?

Michel de Montaigne indicated in his “Essays” that he preferred that laughing and mocking face.

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Mental tightness

In 1866, the philosopher Johann Erdmann defined the “nuclear form of stupidity”. Stupidity refers to narrow-mindedness. Hence the word goofy, mindless. Stupid is the one that only takes into account one point of view: yours. The more the points of view multiply, the less stupidity and the greater the intelligence.

That is why the Greeks invented the word idiot: the one who considers everything from his personal point of view. He judges anything as if his minuscule worldview was universal, the only defensible, valid, and indisputable.

Intellectual selfishness

The stupid man suffers from intellectual selfishness. The stupid is rough and yet a braggart. It denies complexity and disseminates its simplicity dogmatically. He thinks above all as if he were in possession of the absolute truth. He is a blind man who thinks he is clairvoyant.

In this way an attempt is made to mitigate stupidity: by exercising doubt and self-criticism. By ceasing to immerse ourselves in our own image, as in the Narcissus myth. The stupid is in love with himself and ignores everything else. She even despises him with self-reliance.

The totalitarianism of stupidity

In 1937, the poet Robert Musil returned to the question of stupidity. At the height of totalitarian currents, he reminded us of “the barbarization of nations, states and ideological groups.”

An attempt is made to mitigate stupidity by exercising doubt and self-criticism. By ceasing to immerse ourselves in our own image, as in the Narcissus myth. The stupid is in love with himself and ignores everything else.

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Stupidity is like progress, like civilization. It springs not only from an exacerbated “I”, but from an enlarged and puffed up “We”. The stupidity is highly contagious and feeds on great fuzzy ideals, common places, simplistic proclamations: everything is black or everything is white.

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The only legitimate point of view is that of a certain social group, that of a specific faction: ours. Stupidity is related to intolerance and the absence of dialogue. It is a mental and gregarious hermeticism. It is expanded by conceited and baseless slogans chanted in a gruesome collective clamor.

Functional stupidity

We all at some point can be occasional stupid. But what distinguishes the functional stubborn, according to Musil, is the permanent inability to appreciate the significant. What is important and what is not?

In his presumption, the stupid stubbornly persists in the trivial and accessory. It is inept when it comes to prioritizing priorities. As Nietzsche suggested, the most common stupidity is to forget our purpose.

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The fundamental question

In conclusion, perhaps you direct your invective towards certain social groups or people. But think that stupidity can affect anyone without distinction.

There are stupid in the same proportion in all economic and cultural strata, political currents and geographies. Or you might even think that I myself suffer from puffed-up stupidity. And he would not be without reason.

The crusade against stupidity is lost beforehand. Albert Camus said in “The Plague” that “stupidity always insists”.

It may be that we had to ask from time to time, as the writer Giovanni Papini did, the fundamental question to put an end to stupidity (at least functional): am I an imbecile?

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