You’re Stupid, Start Acting It
Taking Advantage Of Stupidity
After his service in the war, ancient Greek philosopher Socrates devoted himself to his favorite pastime: the pursuit of truth.
His reputation as a philosopher, literally meaning ‘a lover of wisdom’, soon spread all over Athens and beyond. When told that the Oracle of Delphi had revealed to one of his friends that Socrates was the wisest man in Athens, he responded not by boasting or celebrating, but by trying to prove the Oracle wrong.
So Socrates decided he would try and find out if anyone knew what was truly worthwhile in life, because anyone who knew that would surely be wiser than him. He set about questioning everyone he could find, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. Instead they all pretended to know something they clearly did not.
Finally he realized the Oracle might be right after all. He was the wisest man in Athens because he alone was prepared to admit his own ignorance rather than pretend to know something he did not.
Perhaps the most important takeaway from that story is “He was the wisest man in Athens because he alone was prepared to admit his own ignorance rather than pretend to know something he did not.”
Socrates was one of the wisest men to ever exist. You’ll find modesty in the heart of every genius who has ever wandered this earth. They were constantly questioning their own thoughts, telling themselves that they could do better and to settle for nothing but greatness.
How Can You Use Stupidity To Your Advantage?
The first step to achieving greatness is getting rid of the ego. We must acknowledge that we’re ‘stupid’, and from here we really start learning. Since we no longer have an ‘ego’, life becomes a lot more simple.
Have you ever been in conversation and not understood something that was said, but in fear of coming across stupid, you didn’t ask for an explanation?
From now on, you must promise to never to do that. This will hold you back from flourishing as a human being. Always be curious and ask questions whenever you get the chance to. Admitting your ignorance will result in learning 10x more than any ignorant folk possibly can. No doubt about it.
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius
Most people spend their whole existence too proud to ever admit their own ignorance. They will never let themselves be vulnerable and consequently they never learn or grow. This is how weak people live. You’re not weak.
Every single day you have on this planet, there are hundreds of things for a person with no ego to learn. Start taking advantage of your stupidity.
Don’t die ignorant.
Get out there and start being stupid.
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