We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have never met a stupid adult person. I have met plenty of ignorant people and people lacking in the curse of curiosity, but that's different. Mostly, we meet people with limited areas of stupidity: lack of self-awareness, lack of information or understanding, islands of emotionalism or impulsivity, unexamined biases, self-affirming rationalizations, etc.
Oh, I've met lots of stupid people. I've been doing car sales for a few years, and it always amazes the heck out of me how many have no concept of what they want nor what their budget is. We're talking people in their 30's, 40's, and up. How can you not have any idea what you want? How can you have no idea of your budget? Then they're always surprised that we, as salespeople, drop them. We're not wasting hours on the clueless.
And some of the loans people get themselves into? OMG! For instance, someone paying $450 a month for 5 years on an Accord and still owing $8k dollars? The stories I could tell.
Then there are those that cut in to turn lanes at the last minute. Though, maybe they aren't stupid, but reckless and dangerous, especially to the people further back in the line.
Stupid people are those who, when their ignorance is pointed out, refuse to remedy the situtation.
That and people who tailgate, lane thrash, especially without using their blinkers, or text and drive.
William O. B'Livion
I have a better than average understanding of a lot of things - mathematics, computers, electricity, electronics, physics, quantum mechanics, relativity, and a few other things. When I get a leaky faucet I call a plumber.
I am never surprised when a carpenter or a mechanic or a cleaning lady have a much better understanding of the world than most of the STEM degree people I have met.
I don't understand this. Sure, we throw around the word "stupid" when we really mean "people who don't agree with us." But how can you interact with a lot of adults and not realize that many people simply aren't very smart? For every brilliant person on one end of the bell curve, there's a match on the other side. It's not a mystery. It's not a crime. It's just the way it is: lots of people are kind of stupid.