People Are Not Stupid

This might be the teacher in me talking, but it really bugs me when I hear people discussing politics and someone says, “People are stupid,” or “Americans are stupid.”

First of all, I don’t think anyone is stupid or incapable of thinking. Secondly, I think most people understand their own lives and how they feel about it. Feelings are what drive decision-making, not facts.

But most importantly: why do some like calling people they don’t know names? What feels good about that? Because you could say, “People make decisions I don’t understand.” I guess that would actually place the burden of understanding others on the speaker though.

People make decisions based on how they feel, given their context. Those decisions can be bad and wrong, but they’re not made out of stupidity.

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