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Monday, February 9, 2015

On Stupidity

One tagline which Mark Shea used (or once used) with some frequency is "Sin makes you stupid." There are, on the whole, two forms that stupidity takes: one is merely a defect in the intellect, the other is a defect in the will. Sometimes the two look similar, but at the end of the day a man may make himself stupid by obstinately refusing to learn truth: the honestly (that is, intellectually) stupid person may still recognize truth when it hits him in the face.

The studied stupidity in turn takes a number of forms: obstinance, deliberate confusion, about simply concepts, embracing a known lie or falsehood or sin. It is for this reason that perhaps that the Church distinguishes between vincible and invincible ignorance: the intellectually stupid person is is often innocently ignorant; the willfully stupid person usually cannot make this claim.

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