Have you ever wondered how stupid you can be? You haven’t? I hope you don’t take offense while reading this post. But I challenge you to be honest with yourself for a moment.
The dictionary defines “stupid” as : slow of mind; given to unintelligent decisions or acts; acting in an unintelligent or careless manner; irresponsible; dulled in feeling or sensation; marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting.
I am paraphrasing this definition as follows: Living and defining Life without reflection.
I encourage you to think about all the times that you made decisions without thinking much about it. How many times have you accepted claims at face value simply because they “sounded good”? Or simply because it did not require much thought or reflection? How often have you taken for granted and blindly believed all the stupidity that people say and claim? And I am not talking simply about being developmentally challenged, or mathematically challenged, or not knowing how to spell properly based on what the modern English language dictates. No. I am really talking about a holistic way of being stupid.
For example, I recently heard on the news about how excited people are about the new Pope. One devoted person told a reporter : “I used to not go to church anymore. But now that we have a Pope from Latin America, I am excited about going back to church!” How stupid can this person be? Does going to church depend on whether or not you like the leader of your church? Or does it depend on whatever calling you believe you have in this life? I also read numerous posts from various blogs that show certainty about what Life is about. This type of thinking is dangerous, ignorant, and stupid.
I acknowledge I have been stupid myself many times in my life. I have believed a lot of claims about what I should do and what I should believe in. I have accepted the notion that we live in this life for selfish reasons that truly serve our self-serving agenda, such as being prosperous, following a specific religious doctrine, traveling the world, having children, or earning a career. Don’t misunderstand me, I still think all of these things are good (except the religious one). But they don’t define Life itself.
I want to share a few quotes about Stupidity. Here you go:
“You’re hopeless! What arrogant stupidity! You say, ‘If someone makes a promise with his fingers crossed, that’s nothing; but if he swears with his hand on the Bible, that’s serious.’ What ignorance! Does the leather on the Bible carry more weight than the skin on your hands?” Matthew 23:16
“Jesus replied, “You, too? Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. ” Matthew 15:16
“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.” Stephen Hawking.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” Frank Leahy.
I invite you. I challenge you. I plead you to seriously reflect on what Life is really about,
and resist the tendency to adopt a superficial, and selfish approach that poisons our minds, hearts, and souls.
How do you choose to define Life? Are you using a stupid definition without reflecting and simply following someone else’s convenient definition?
Your level of stupidity will depend on your answer to this question.