Short Thought 138 (ill will)

I can’t decide which is worse, i.e., who does more damage, stupid people with ill will or smart people with ill will. On the one hand stupid people (who harm others) are careless and thoughtless; on the other, smart people (who harm others) are calculating and manipulative.

13 thoughts on “Short Thought 138 (ill will)

  1. Jim

    Colette, I think smart , manipulative people who exude ill will are much worse than stupid people who do. Often, stupid folk don’t even know they are being cruel ; they just ride along and parrot what they think is the satus quo – reality must be what they think it is. But smart people are coldblooded, quite deliberate in the perpetration of mayhem..

    It’s easy , after a while, to see through and avoid stupid people….. But smarties are trickier to avoid……..Iago and Judas come to mind…….

    Jim

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      That’s a well-reasoned point, Jim. Especially allowing that stupid people might not even see their acts as harmful. And it’s true, a lot of times you can stupid coming from a mile off! In writing this I was thinking of the kind of stupidity that does harm, like thoughtless drinking & driving, or leaving guns where children can get ahold of them, things like that.

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  2. Anxious Mom

    I’d rather be faced with a stupid person with ill will, I think. At least there’s a good chance of being able to see it a mile away, them screwing up, or in the worst case, they’ll make it easy for the cops to nab them. On the other hand, smart people at least know when to stop before taking things too far.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I guess too, that once you know (a specific) someone thoughtlessly does stupid stuff, you can keep an eye on them and steer clear, whereas smart people can stay in the shadows indefinitely screwing with people, playing cat and mouse.

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  3. SD Gates

    I fear the smart ones with ill will, they are filled with malice and purposefully go out of their way to make life miserable for others. The stupid ones are just stupid and bumble about, not thinking, just bumbling.

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