Stupid vs Ignorant

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What is the difference between being stupid and being ignorant? Lately I have heard a lot of people saying that it is better to be ignorant then to be stupid because stupid is forever, but ignorant can be changed. I don’t think that that it true. In my mind, stupid is perfectly changeable. We say someone is stupid when they don’t know something that we view as common knowledge, but once we tell them about it, they know. I liken it to someone given a book. A stupid person reads the book, but doesn’t fully understand it. It needs to be explained to them. But an ignorant person will do one of two things: either they’ll read the book with the knowledge necessary to understand it fully, but they will ignore it, or they will refuse to read the book. Refusing to read the book is willful ignorance, where as…

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2 thoughts on “Stupid vs Ignorant

  1. Marilyn Armstrong May 29, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    You think this because you have not known really stupid people. Really. There is such a thing as stupid and it’s a very different animal than ignorance. Smart people often don’t recognize stupid when they meet it. They have no experience with stupidity, the real thing, so they think it’s something else. It can be a real shock when you realize he/she isn’t just quiet but actually has no idea what’s going on. A really stupid person can be told many things, but still learn little or nothing. It’s the inability to learn and understand that makes them stupid, not lack of information or opportunity to acquire knowledge.

    • fictionfitz May 31, 2014 / 8:16 am

      Closed in a box can be very comforting unless you are claustrophobic.

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