It's WILLFUL stupidity I have the most problem accepting.
The Committee replies: "This does not exist. Willful acts, decisions, statements, reactions and all manner of human expression become stupid only when viewed through the lens of observers. What you are saying is: you disagree. Only comedians, the deceptive and deceitful willfully portray stupidity, to achieve specific non-stupid ends."
It's when someone is presented with new facts and they reject them out of hand. And yes, some things presented as "facts" can be wrong, but I'm talking about things that are easily verifiable.
To get more specific, I am confounded by people who won't even entertain the idea they could be wrong. Maybe what I really have a hard time with is closed minds.
I have opinions like everyone else, but I notice when I start feeling uncomfortable with a hard line opinion because the issue is more complex than the opinion can cover. That's when I start searching for more information. I'm open to changing my mind if more facts warrant it.
I wish people would say they just don't know the answers, but they are looking for them. I can respect that.
An open mind leads to constant growth, but some people just quit growing. They stop asking questions and just think they are right. I'm not a fan of mental stubborness.
@ Lorri: I have read about the rejection of contrary facts and/or information as part of a bigger effect called "confirmation bias", to seek primarily or solely information which confirms & supports existing beliefs and ideas, information which does not challenge or question.
Just the other day there was a headline about something in "Trump country" which referred to states or regions where Trump prevailed in the last election. (No mention of how many of these places, such as Pennsylvania, which President Obama won twice.) What an annoying and insulting thing to say about people who did NOT vote for the current president.
Saying the answers are unknown or unclear is seen as weakness, nobody running for office or in a position of authority wants to say that, and few of us watching admire it. We're trained to respond to an air of cool, if unsupported, confidence.
We get what we prefer.
Look at this article the cat dragged in.
@lorri it's like I was saying about that Alexandria Ocasio cortez woman on the surface it might appear she is perhaps a little dumb or at least that's what people would like to portray her as but, she didn't achieve being a Congress person because of a lack of intelligence or her being stupid. Personally I tend to believe beauty and brains would outmatch some men anyday.
I don't know about her intelligence, but AOC strikes me as uninformed about a lot of the things she talks about.
It's either innocent ignorance or intellectual laziness.
I'm always amazed how many big mouths with media attention are intellectually lazy. The sad thing is their ignorance has legs because they have microphones.
@lorri 😁 you might have summed her up even better. Though I still contend beauty and brains combined could defeat some guys