Silence is the best response and best answered to all stupidity

November 4, 2015, 2:25 am

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The debate "Silence is the best response and best answered to all stupidity" was started by Anas on November 4, 2015, 2:25 am. 10 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 3 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

PsychDave posted 1 argument, Apollo8 posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.

Anas, Nury, Cherryblossomcat, confident, zoeclare7, debaterjr, Evan22 and 3 visitors agree.
PsychDave, Apollo8 and 1 visitor disagree.

Two points.

For one, stupid statements (which may vary in definition but is often regarded as absurd, biased, neglectful, and offensive in nature and whose premise may not be relevant or verifiable) would just perpetuate its own mistake. You need to nip it in the bud with the right amount of energy and the right kind of strategy, argue with it and put sense in that one-sided dilemma.

Secondly, in most cases, neutrality is taking the side of the offender. And this is highly relevant when stupidity begets violence already. When you see someone bashing another person even if he/she has absolutely no idea of his/her situation, most of us would classify that action as offensive and sometimes to the point: stupid. The question now is, "what would you do?" Not doing anything will be morally wrong for many people. You can even just say "it's not my problem". But mind you that it is your problem. In a social contract, we have devised a system which moves like the flow of water. Our actions now have a ripple effect to our society. Us not doing anything, being silent, is being neglectful of our responsibility to our fellowmen. And when you elevate the discussion, you'll see why we prosecute officials for being neglectful during their term.

4 years ago

Logic and reason are the best responses to stupidity for two reasons.

The first is because many times the person is not actually stupid. They may have a bias that has skewed their logic, be misinformed, or simply be basing their comment on their opinion without knowing any facts that contradict it. In this case, by responding rationally, they learn something new and even if it doesn't change their opinion it gives them a more balanced view.

The second reason is that even they really are stupid, those reading the comments are not necessarily. If you remain silent, they may get the impression that the stupid comment is correct or at least that it is the dominant idea. By responding with reason, those following the debate get to hear both sides and decide for themselves which side makes more sense.

I have debated with very few people here who are actually stupid. Most people, myself included, have biases and preconceptions that color their views and their arguments, but that is very different from being stupid. Most of the people here are able to debate reasonably, even if we never really agree on a resolution of the debate.

4 years ago
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