Some say that Albert Einstein once said:
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the former.
Of course it is, but the funny part of this sentence is that, the word “stupid” has different meaning to different people.
I might laugh with a “stupid” guy that might seem very intelligent to you… How can this be possible? And after all, is he smart or just an idiot?
In my opinion, there is no “smart” or “stupid” - there are just different abilities, and a lot of variation in ideas, hobbies and understanding of life. Abilities are what make us consider someone as smart or stupid. For example, let’s say that someone’s ability is being a good video gamer. This guy may be the best video gamer in the world; playing video games may be the center of his life. People who also play video games will admire him and they will talk about his unbelievable skill, his perfect control, and, of course his amazing reflexes. On the other hand, people who are not involved in the video game world wouldn’t look up to him – on the contrary, they will refuse his worth and consider him a complete retard who will never grow up.
So what kind of person is this guy? Is he smart or not? What’s more, is his ability as considerable as the ability of speaking 5 languages, playing amazing music or making the most important scientific discovery of the 21st century? All in all, is it right to judge people by their abilities? Or, is it right to judge them at all?
The truth is that we have made up several ways to define someone as smart or stupid. Take IQ tests as an example. Made by humans, IQ tests’ purpose is to measure people’s intelligence. Most IQ tests contain questions of language, physics or mathematical content. In fact, they measure knowledge – that’s why I think they are a complete hoax. Some other tests measure people’s “ability” to define space.
But, then again, this is another ability. And I am still wondering: is a person with skills and talents considered intelligent?
The answer is: we don’t know.
I think we should not compare abilities with human stupidity or human intelligence. Each person is unique and we have to understand that. Criticism is allowed – it’s in human nature; but please do not criticize anyone in front of other people, because each one has a different point of view… so be careful for your own good.