Thursday, November 04, 2010

Stupidity of the second kind.

I think there are two kinds of stupidities. In one, you try to protect yourself. By looking down on others, for example. In the other, you don’t protect yourself. You just do whatever urges you, and get hurt, ridiculed, and quite often misunderstood. It is the second type of stupidity that I very much adore.

I am always after the stupidity of the second kind, and shy away from the first. I would like to remain stupid, for the rest of my life. I would never stoop so low as to regard myself invincible, morally impeccable, or pride on saying the right thing at the appropriate time. I would like to drop a lot of bricks.

10 comments:

owlethoot said...

I always want to be stoic and have lived concentrating on what I should do. It's because I know well my way of thinking about things is a little (sometimes very) different from others, and I don't want to hurt others' feelings. However, recently I said what I believe is true and was blamed by my relatives. I hurt them and was hurt as well. I'm still in a somber mood but your Qualia Journal and twitter always comfort me. Thank you.

Greg said...

This is a wonderful stance. We have too much of the first kind and not enough of the second. Let's all be stupid(2) and enjoy our experiences.

maruko247 said...

If we could all spend our lives striving for humility, I think the world would know peace. But it’s so human to be vain . . . and we often don’t even realize it.
Not so long ago, a friend said to me, “I am proud of my own humility.” That bothered me. To me, pride and humility are so incongruous, they don’t even seem to belong in the same sentence.
But now what bothers me is my own arrogance(?) that allowed me to feel I knew better and that there was no point in arguing with him.

Petrusa de Koker said...

Maruko247 has a good point. Pride and Humility are incompatible, but its very difficult to be humble and not pride yourself on that! However, I'm also working on the stupidity of the second kind. I too would like to drop bricks. Just have to be careful that I don't drop them on my own foot. ...again. :-)

Pupa said...

Maybe I am a kind of bricklayer who piles blocks one on top of another carefully.
So I sometimes hear the sound they collapse.

Oh well, I am stupid enough to make a fresh start from the beginning until my deathbed.
Please throw me interesting bricks.
I'll pile them excitingly.

yuzu said...

Dear;Mr.Mogi
Your essay is always stimulate for me.
Fundamentally I can not become like you.
But there is the something that still I want to become like you. Please laugh.
I feel that I am teenager. Please smile for me.
I would like to grow as a stupid.

olimay said...

I'm reminded of an aphorism Nassim Taleb put up a while ago:
Greatness starts with the absence of shame for one's imperfections & small defects.

I think he is talking about the same thing, but--actually--I like the way you put it better.

I think Pride vs. Humility is a confused dichotomy. Ken, I like your Anti-dichotomy, where we are always Stupid, but can choose how we are stupid.

So it was a great relief reading this!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! I have never articulated the idea, but I naturally exhibit the second type of stupidity. I used to think it was a defect of my character and put me at a disadvantage to others when I was younger, but I have come to realize that it is a great gift. I believe you very much aware, to say that you prefer the 2nd type.

Sauqina Rachman said...

If you categorize stupid as two kind, then I must be veeery stupid because I'm both....

I really wanted to get out from the first kind though, because it's not a really good kind of stupid for me, I think.

Sauqina Rachman said...

If you categorize stupid as two kind, then I must be veeery stupid because I'm both....

I really wanted to get out from the first kind though, because it's not a really good kind of stupid for me, I think.