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Stupid People vs. Smart People

October 3, 2010

Sadly, among us there are stupid people and fortunately there are smart people, but there’s a major twist to this. There’s a belief that says, “smart people think everyone else is smart while stupid people think everyone else is stupid.” This really goes back to the concept that we only see the world through our own eyes. But what is considered stupid? You see, stupid is not only being ignorant or have an absence of knowledge. If that was the case, we all would be considered stupid since we are all ignorant about something. Being stupid is not just the absence of knowledge, it is “perceived” presence of wisdom. Let me clear this up for you. There are the folks among us that have ignorance but don’t believe they do. In fact, these people feel they are so wise that they don’t seek to obtain the real knowledge. Now, these people are not only those who don’t have an adequate level of formal education. These people are in the society of individuals with advanced degrees, well-traveled, and highly studied. These are also folks with Phd’s and Law Degrees. These are people holding CEO and elected official positions. These stupid people are everywhere. They don’t read facts or seek wisdom because they feel they already possess it. Ever met someone who hates when you teach them something? They hate working in groups because that’s when people are able to witness their weaknesses. They prefer to work alone so they can sharpen their talents outside of anyone knowing, that way when they step out into the public they “seemingly” have it all together. They get highly upset when they are proven wrong about anything. They get mad at you for being right. They secretly learn from that experience with you and months later they start teaching you about what you taught them and insisted that they didn’t learn it from you.

On the other hand, there is brilliance in the most overlooked places. Smart people have a unique trait. They basically pursue knowledge. The key word in knowledge is “know.” They acknowledge their lack of knowing then embark on a quest to rectify it. The ending of the word “ledge” can be seen as “leverage” in short. So knowledge is leveraging what you know and admitting what you don’t. A moment of teaching should always be welcomed and never willfully delayed. Understanding this, it is easy to now see how smart people can be anywhere. They can be in our housing projects, under-funded schools, poor neighborhoods, and even the unemployment line. Being smart is not hard to do. It only takes an attitude change. It takes a change in perspective and a humbling of the spirit. It’s damaging to assume the intelligence of a person based on their prestige. It is shameful to dismiss a person’s intellect due to their misfortune. Smart and stupid vary in distinct ways and those ways obviously result in distant destinies and level of what they indeed know.

Devin Robinson is a business and economics professor in Atlanta, GA and the author of Rebuilding the Black Infrastructure: Making America a Colorless Nation. To order his book, visit theblackinfrastructure.com, amazon.com or your favorite bookstore.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2010 12:50 am

    My mother taught me when I was a little girl that common sense is a powerful force.
    I love your book.

    Lucille Tyler Baldwin

  2. October 5, 2010 12:54 am

    Thank You Mr. Robinson for this post very true indeed!

    I meet these type of individuals everyday. I welcome them in my life without a problems because their Knowledge is my power.I been fortunate to give them what I know best and that’s my Common Sense. With their Knowledge and My Common Sense, helps me achieve what I need to succeed. As you said in your post, It takes a change in perspective and a humbling of the spirit. It’s damaging to assume the intelligence of a person based on their prestige. It is shameful to dismiss a person’s intellect due to their misfortune. Smart and stupid vary in distinct ways and those ways obviously result in distant destinies and level of what they indeed know…

  3. October 6, 2010 3:19 pm

    What a profound post! I am a smart person who doesn’t think other people are smart. Although many have the potential I come to realize that the majority of people are stupid. That is their choice. When people mentally decide that they’ve learned enough they become resistant to opportunities for growth. That is a dangerous choice and one with heavy consequences. Pride is before a crash.
    Smart people realize that “experience is NOT the best teacher” it’s the TOUGHEST teacher. It is smart to observe and learn from other people’s mistakes. I ain’t to proud to LEARN!!!

    • April 28, 2011 5:31 pm

      I also think the majority of people are stupid, lack of focus on their goals,dreams to get involve in learning These people always seek for an easy way that other people give them because of their laziness to think & to act Sharpen your talent alone for me isn’t a very bad choice if there are so many stupid people who make it impossible to work with them

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