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Ignorance and Stupidity

I think a lot of people are already aware of the seven deadly sins of wrath (anger), greed, sloth (lazy), pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

However, I have been given them a lot of thought lately, and I think they are incomplete. I think they are missing both ignorance and stupidity. Obviously, ignorance and stupidity are not virtues. And in my opinion, they should no longer be morally acceptable just like the seven deadly sins.

A common motto of the police and the courts of law is "ignorance of the law is no excuse," meaning that if someone does something illegal, while not knowing that the activity is illegal, then it does not matter to the law. The person will be punished equally whether they did or did not know the law.

In my opinion, ignorance in general is far too common for even other important issues. For example, politics strongly affects everyone, yet too few people are interested in learning about the issues that they can vote upon, let alone contacting their elected officials to demand change. Moreover, I have seen a large number of people support candidates for election without logical reasons. For instance, when asked why they support these candidates, they are often vague and incorrect on the platforms that their candidates’ supports. A little of investigating their candidates, that individuals like at first, would open their eyes to many issues with their candidates.

That is why I believe that ignorance is another deadly sin. And it is easily avoidable by just doing a little bit of research on the Internet. It is quick and easy to do, so there is no excuse for ignorance. Even if you think you know something, it is sometimes important to dig a little deeper than a cursory impression, gut feeling, or past knowledge.

And next, there is stupidity. I encounter a lot of people who appear to be very stupid, at least on a social level. I am certain that everyone is good at something and maybe even an expert at certain things; however that does not mean that they are not stupid. I am sorry to say that I think everyone, including myself, is stupid on a plethora of topics and skills. However, being stupid on important skills, such as socializing and politics, that considerably affect our lives is also inexcusable.

The only solution for stupidity is an education. I am not referring to just doing a few quick searches on the Internet; but instead, reading books or taking interactive classes. I am tired of seeing too many students taking only easy courses in school. It is always time to challenge ourselves.

I hope that you also agree that ignorance and stupidity are inexcusable sins that need to be addressed as quickly as possible.

by Phil for Humanity
on 11/28/2009

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