Let us look at the few explanations…How ignorance can be fix, but not stupidity.
- Ignorance is a) a lack of knowledge or b) an active rejection of gaining knowledge; only the first version can be corrected.
Stupidity is the inability to learn, so the passive rejection of new knowledge. As long as that state is preserved, they will remain incapable of learning and growing,
In this universe, everything changes; those who refuse to add new knowledge will be bypassed by life.
However, when the pain gets bad enough, some humans may finally agree to ‘learn how to learn’ and there is Hope!
- Ignorance by definition is … well let’s make sure we get this right.
-The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.
-The state of being ignorant; want of knowledge in general, or concerning some particular matter; the condition of not being cognizant, informed, or aware.
-The condition of being ignorant; the lack of knowledge in general, or in relation to a particular subject; the state of being uneducated or uninformed.
Note the theme there is lacking knowledge. You can fix that by getting rid of the lack of knowledge via education (formal learning) and experience (informal learning).
Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.
Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.
Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless.
Is either an unfortunately dealt hand in life or willful choice.
Let’s focus on the first condition, being born … lets go with disadvantaged. Some humans just aren’t ever going to be ‘smart’. I’ll argue this is a small number of people, let’s say fewer than 10% of us are born with low watt bulbs. However, it is a thing. We shouldn’t attack these people, they are people, but it needs to be understood that some folks are just going to be slow. edit I do wonder if for these folks micro-dosing therapy might improve their condition. Micro-dosing psilocybin appears to improve neural plasticity and grow new neurons. Is it possible we could improve cognition not just for the low end, but across the boarb?
The second group of ‘stupid people’ are a result of their own poor decisions or a significant lack of resources. Inner cities, white ghettos, low castes etc. Among this group are potential geniuses however they lack the ability to gain proper education. Again, these unfortunate shouldn’t be attacked as they’re just unfortunate.
The third group … the willful idiots … should be mocked endlessly. They posses the means and ability to be ‘smart’ but choose to be stupid.
- I’ll substitute the word foolish for stupid.
We are all ignorant of so so much, and our lack of wisdom makes us think, talk and behave foolishly, quite often.
We cannot (do not) know the future (not even the past very perfectly) and we cannot predict all the potential outcomes of our own behaviors/actions.
So we are all left with the dilemma of realizing we will always be ignorant and foolish in some (often many) ways.
Therefore we cannot really fix ignorance (we only naively think we can) and we all remain foolish quite often (pretending we are not ignorant is a good example of our foolishness).
- Ignorance is an attitude problem that can be be changed with education because the individual is intelligent.
Stupidity is in bred, no intelligence, so is a permanent feature that no attempt at education can change.
Example. You can train a ferret to catch rabbits because it is intelligent.
You can’t train a rabbit to catch ferrets, because it lacks the intelligence to learn the task.
Just take a look at the trump supporters, they are excellent examples of the stupidity side of this equation.
Because in ignorance, you know that you are an idiot but out of pride and delusion you choose to ignore it. This can be easily fixed with some introspection and guidance.
But in stupidity, you don’t even know or realise that you are the idiot, so essentially, in your eyes, there is nothing wrong with you, so ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.