Originally posted by Lorand M Stupidity or more of a concept, but it can be largely equated to acts that define the logical, basic knowledge, acting in argument with common, proven facts.
So are you talking more of an IQ way of intelligence? How about Emotional stupidity, natural stupidity, genetical stupidity, political stupidity, social stupidity, etc? Who sets the rules, definitions, limitations?
EDIT: Just noticed your added sentence. See, it is very hard to define. I didn't expect it to be easy. I've been thinking about it for the second day straight.
Mine was absolute basic understanding of stupidity. Of course intelligence plays an important role in it. But then again, acts of stupidity can occur by mistake, lapsuses, influenced by groups, group leaders and so on.
Now, after all, "stupidity is in fact the foundation of our civilization".
An act which defies sense. For example, voting for bush or blair
Basically stupid is where somebody does something which can only be explained by the person not being capable or not actioning basic though processes that most people would be capable of, like oh , not dressing your kids up in camo and letting them out of your sight at a firing range, that would be sensible. Not to do so would be stupid. Or not checking and double checking the breaks on a wagon (Im thinking of a particular incident at a company I worked for where some moron was too busy 'reading' page 3 and managed to kill several colleagues with a truck) when you go for a cup of tea. Actions which defy belief, actions to which most normal people would naturally avoid.
But what the hell, in today's society of zero culpability, sue rather then have to think, what do you expect. Its easier to sue rather then actually have to think. Some moron is trying to sue the owner of a resovior here after they nearly died after walking past the signs warning them it was dangerous. Apparently it wasn't their fault they were too damn stupid to read the signs and they weren't physically impeeded. The sooner we let stupid people kill themselves the sooner theyll stop killing others by 'accident' and the gene pool can start to recover from the last 50 years of abuse.
stupidity can be used as an accuse for an example. If you do horrible through k - 3rd grade they give you a test and if you fail it they put you in a special education class therefore making your life easier all the way to highschool. I've always wondered why I was so clever do this and get easy work compared to others... playing stupid can reap alot of benefits, but be sure to read and educate yourself along the way so you're not stupid in the end.
Now all this reminds me of a very special "stupidity".
I used to work for a wierd company not long ago (long story, I might tell you about that, it was the worst experience in my life so far). Now, that company was buried in debts, lawsuits, problems with the govt. and so on. One day, 3 representatives of the govt. came by the office to speak to the lead lawyer of the company, a 31 year old, incredibly looking woman. Prior to the meeting with the govt. represenatives she had a consultation with 3 other lawyers, from a law practice, that advised her not to recognise any debts to the govt. under any circumstance and as matters would be taken to court, the company will win the case. (I know for a fact that they would).
Now, as she just left the office of the 3 lawyers (same floor of the office building) and stepped into the meeting room where the govt. represenatives were, she IMMEDIATELY recognised the company's debts and she, by herself, offered to sign a statement.
3 months of strategy planning went down the drain in a matter of 2 minutes. As she left the conference room she went smiling to the lawyers and CEO of the company, happy that she did a good deed. (?!?!?) Right then I almost saw a murder.