Yes, I’m one of those people. One of those people totally addicted and enamored with the social revolution that is Facebook. Every morning, before I even got out of bed, I would check (in this order) my corporate email, Facebook, and my personal Gmail. Whoa – talk about a (good?) way to start the day!
I truly don’t know where my inspiration for this post came from (hello again, by the way! Talk about a long absence!), but I found myself questioning – at 11:30 – the difference between “ignorance” and “stupidity.”
I recall asking an old supervisor (who did farming outside his normal work hours) something about farming while saying, “Sorry, I’m pretty stupid with this stuff.” He responded, “No, you’re not stupid, just ignorant.” I recall thinking to myself, “Oh, really?! Did he just say that??!” LOL
However, upon further inspection, I think this characterization makes sense. If I don’t know anything about it, I’m ignorant, as – according to http://www.dictionary.com – ignorance is “lack of knowledge, learning,information, etc.,” while stupidity is well, the act of being stupid (or that’s how I’m choosing to interpret it).
So, this begs the question… (According to one of my favorite English profs from college, most people use this phrase incorrectly, also.) Is a person, as a whole or in regard to specific subjects, ignorant or stupid? The easy answer is stupid, but perhaps with deeper inspection (I’m thinking politics here), they are shutting themselves out or isolating themselves from information which they could glean knowledge from, which complicates the question… Is someone stupid… or ignorant?
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I took this photo while visiting the concentration camp at Dachau (near Munich) in Germany this summer. This symbol of new life struck me, and I knew I wanted to capture it in a place where life seemed so distant and fleeting for so many.
I had been putting off processing and going through what I called “my Dachau pictures” because I knew I would need emotional energy to go through them. I ended up going through them this evening and found myself thinking one thing… How could we, as a world, have put up with this and let it go on for so long before doing something about it? Rather than sadness, I jumped straight to anger, which I suppose is natural. But, are we not doing the same thing today with respect to Darfur and other regions where governments are essentially exterminating their peoples?
Food for thought…