Should we, in this world that celebrates intelligence to the point of sanctification, defend stupidity and regard it as a feature of the human mind?
In a report published by the Swiss newspaper Letemps, novelist and screenwriter Paul Vaca – author of Les Vertus de la bêtise – says that “stupidity is a difficult concept that should be dealt with with caution.”
“You have to be sarcastic or have a different view in order to dare to publicly defend stupidity. We cannot ignore that it causes harm and degrades … In short, stupidity in itself is indefensible,” says Vacca.
But Vacca believes, however, that stupidity should be defended as a method of steadfastness in this world that has made intelligence an absolute value that exceeds all reasonable limits.
From his point of view, we are living in a strange paradox, as intelligence has never been revered and appreciated as it is today, and at the same time it has never lost its value as it has lost it in our days.
Obsessed with intelligence
The reason – says Vacca – is that the obsession with intelligence made us measure it, create it, and classify it, thus losing its true value as a free, creative and unpredictable force, “and thus ends up making intelligence something completely artificial. And the worst is that in order to protect ourselves from the woes of smart devices, We ended up thinking just like her. “
As for stupidity, it revealed to humanity – according to the writer’s opinion – many hidden treasures, as the most prominent inventions in history occurred by chance and error, not by intelligence.
Vacca adds that it has been shown by experience that questions that are described as stupid are more effective in extracting facts compared to questions that are claimed to be smart, and sometimes stupidity allows us to be more powerful and escape the traps of the algorithms.
Some stupidity is necessary
“Stupidity is the hidden face of human genius, and the secret source of creativity, which helps us think differently outside the box. Without some stupidity, we would not have had great people like Picasso, Shakespeare, Steve Jobs, or Einstein,” Vacca concludes.