I don't believe stupidity is human nature in a sense, though I believe human nature causes stupidity. First of all it's hard to pin down a definitive definition for stupid, various degrees of it are different to everyone. What seems stupid to one person may not seem stupid at all to the next.Originally Posted by Zarriff
The problem is we believe ourselves to be smart rational beings capable of a lot more than what comes from certain individuals. We see a scenario where someone has done something obviously stupid and we wonder how anyone could be that idiotic. Everyone of us can reason, some better than others but not everyone takes the time to stop and think things through before they act.
Like robbing a gas station or a bank because you're desperate in a scenario like that the person would most likely end up being stupid, and accidentally shooting/hurting someone. But is it really right to say someone that has well planned out a bank heist, goes in, does it, gets out with out hurting anyone and gets away with the money. Would you really call what those individuals did stupid? Probably not. The act of stupidity in a case like that would not be the idea to rob a bank, it would be what happened that got you caught. We are usually only quick to call someone stupid if they are caught with their pants down "figuratively speaking". Two different people could do the same thing, and because of the reasoning or lack there of, one could have the possibility of looking stupid. Like a guy who sleeps around (And doesn't use protection) some people could look at him like he's a "stud" and then a guy who sleeps with one girl (With out protection) and gets HIV, people might look at him and ask him how he could have been so stupid. He was no less stupid than the other guy who got praised, but since his actions ended with a negative result he was the one labeled stupid.
We have the ability to communicate though language and admittedly humans have a somewhat large amount of intelligence, but we allow our arrogance of those facts get in the way of how we perceive ourselves. And how we believe we should be acting and shouldn't be acting. It's a fallacy, we're all egotistical to an extent. So when someone who is suppose to be intelligent ends up doing something we deem stupid we act surprised. Like a person who is smart and gets perfect grades, and one day is caught cheating because they fell asleep studying and didn't know anything, so they panicked and cheated. Or some moron who decided that calling a police officer who was about to arrest them a colorful word would be funny. Sometimes we act on impulses, and our reactions sometimes come about faster than our reasoning. Sex is a perfect example, we are sexual beings, but because we can reason and teach ourselves restraint, we can get through our day to day lives with out throwing our clothes off and screwing the first attractive person we see. But sometimes the sex drives clouds all reason, and we end up getting carried away and sleeping with a person. I am not trying to justify being a slut or cheating and what not. I'm just trying to show that sometimes human nature clouds judgement and reason and causes us to do stupid things. There are other examples, wanting to belong, peer pressure, stress, artificial inhibitors aka drugs or alcohol, and so forth.
We can't always be on the ball all the time. We're bound to mess up and do something stupid. Even if it's not as extreme as what some people do. We're are after all animals. We don't sit there and discuss the stupid doings of a dog, like it's surprising, so really when a person does something stupid, it shouldn't be all that surprising.
With that said, I would like to note, there is a fine line between stupid and wrong. But there is a difference, and even with lack of reason or better judgement, doing something that is just plain wrong is no excuse for poor reasoning.