Stupid is as stupid does

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Hello. 

In the last blog entry I talked about the difference between raw intellect and genius. 

The catalyst for the entry was a quote by Albert Einstein. 

Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

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Unfortunately for those of you reading, the quote has struck again.  I am going to look at the opposite side of genius… stupidity.

As is genius, stupidity has nothing to do with intellect.  I have seen some very smart people do some very stupid things. 

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The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein

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Stupidity is no respecter of gender, race, social status or position.  Just look at President Clinton with Monica.   Let’s face it… that was really stupid.

Now, now, before you get all pissy because you may be a Clinton fan, my example was not intended to be a cheap shot.  I am merely making the point that anyone regardless of their intellect (which he is extremely smart), or position (uh… the President of the USA) can make a stupid decision.

Seriously, if we want to get really honest, just take a look at politics in general… and both sides have plenty of examples of gross stupidity.

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If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?

- Will Rogers

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I mean, if we really want to get honest about stupidity we need to look no farther than the mirror.  I don’t know about you but I’ve done my share of stupid things. 

This may be a pretty dumb question to ask but, why?!!!!!  What are we thinking?  I guess the natural response is that we’re not thinking.

Just one more point for thought.  It is important to note that there is a big difference between stupidity and ignorance. 

Stupid is when you know better, but you do it anyway.  Ignorance is when you have no clue.

I don’t want to be ignorant or stupid.  But if I had to choose… I will take ignorance any day. 

I learned a long time ago (and our friend Bill can attest) stupidity is tough to recover from.

Now you may be asking… what is the insightful point Jerry is going to cleverly pull together?

Just let me say, don’t ask.  I have no clever point to make. 

If I have anything to say that has any redeeming value to this blog it is this.  Whatever you thinking about doing that you know is stupidSTOP NOW.

“The hard part of being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and who is just stupid.”

- Richard Braunstein

Ciao.  See you Monday.

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