Stupid is a word that I make every attempt to never to use. To me …it is a poor choice of words, probably slanderous… and definitely… derogatory. But… it does remind one of the difference between being stupid and being dumb.
Being stupid is a choice….the other is not. If one understood, fully, the implications of both words, they likely, as I do… refrain from using them. If for no other reason… the fear of ‘miss-using them
Stupidity can, for most… can be overcome. While not necessarily simple…it would likely involve studying longer, better, and more comprehensively… the subject matter. Too often, other elements enter the equation …which might hold some people back, i.e. cultural or economic. My Step-Father often told the story where his Mother used to tell him… “You’re too stupid to be dump.” He further elaborated that he (my Step-Father) dropped out of school in the 3rd grade…saying…he would have gone on into the 4th grade, but couldn’t… because his Daddy was still in the 4th grade, and he “didn’t want to pass him.”
If one were inclined examine the difference between being dumb and stupid… then one could say a person was dumb when because of a diminished intellectual capacity. Maybe he did something because he didn’t know better. Maybe he didn’t know that a certain action… on his part…resulted in something harmful or damaging happening.
On the other hand, a stupid person would be someone who knows better but bull-doses ahead… and does something, or repeats something… disregarding the consequences. He should have known better, but he doesn’t learn from his first experience… or more likely… doesn’t care.
For my part… Being DUMB… is not a choice. Some of us are ‘less-gifted’ than others. I won’t elaborate on that… it is what it is. We have an obligation to ‘help educate’ all people… to the ‘fullest extent possible’… regardless… of their mental, religious, physical, ethnic, economic, or cultural background. PERIOD.
Regardless of what gifts we have, we are reminded…of John 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
… Blessings…cjlb… 5/12/2017