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Stupid Questions versus Stupid People

I do not know who first said this expression, but I've been saying it a lot recently, and I have noticed that the meaning has changed as I've gotten older.

There are no stupid questions, only stupid people.

When I was younger, I remember thinking that this expression meant that questions themselves are not stupid or smart; but rather, some people are stupid, because they ask questions that have obvious answers.

However, now I realize the expression means that all people are stupid.

Think about this for a moment. It means everyone is stupid, but go ahead and ask questions. Answering questions will not make anyone not stupid; however if they are lucky, they may become more knowledgeable.

by Phil for Humanity
on 10/01/2011

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