Very simple kind of thought exercise -- which do you favor at your side, one of those insane motorcycle racers on the Isle of Man when the building we're in erupts in fire, or your average man/woman who thinks such events are completely pointless and stupid?
Someone who complains that their mashed potatoes aren't smooth enough, someone who thinks obsesses about whether their fingernails match their outfit or someone who flies motorcycles through rings of fire? Because this idea that ordinary people have courage without a great deal of conditioning -- it's a myth in my experience. Ordinary people are cowards. They're not stupid enough. They're not reckless enough. It takes at least someone who is slightly stupid to confront those fears that normal people have, take a fall and come out with tongue out. The only exception that I see are ordinary people who have gradually been conditioned the same way through no choice of their own. But ordinary people don't magically become brave out of the blue all that often. Far more often they are scared, understandably, because their desire to "not be stupid" has them cowering in corners when the dumb ones do somersaults over them while setting themselves on fire.
This is why all these ancient cultures of the bravest types did lots of things that ordinary people would consider "stupid". That training process was vital. It made the difference between a routed enemy and one who fought to his very last breath.
Or samurai... dumbasses. In defeat, they plunged their short swords into their bellies and disemboweled themselves. So stupid were they that they didn't even need an enemy to slice open their bellies to do it themselves. Stupid. Stupid stupid stupid. But the ones who did this were brave for sure, unafraid of pain and death. And society might need a few like those every now and then -- the stupid ones, the brave ones... or egotistical. Richard of Lionheart was some mama's boy who dreamt himself the perfect king, and so he was brave. His ego was too big to let cowardice get in the way. But he did a lot of dumb things, like the Crusades, ignoring his country for almost the entire duration of his rule, getting arrested under disguise as not a king. Brave -- he was -- and dumb AF too. So are most heroes. Brave and stupid. They go hand-in-hand. The smart ones all ran away, surrendered.
I wish I could give this multiple thumbs up.
Aw, thanks, man!
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Hope it helped I've been guilty of stupidity many times most of the time I got away with it
I flew jets in the navy, my favorite place was as low as I could get her, got my blood boiling. Focused me etc. One blink at the wrong moment could have converted us into an expensive smoking hole in the ground. No matter the explanation, taking that sort of "risk" when not required , was stupid , would I do it again, hell yes
Damn I like this one👍👍👍👍👍👍
Well taking a bullet for someone is brave but stupid (course it still want myself to do it but it's stupid) but a stupid person would just shoot em self
Oh good one👍
This guy fucking got it 1st tryI'm kinda disappointed yet relieved at the same time to know this
It was kinda very wise🤔🤔🤔👍
Or die less, fine.
What about the soldiers who died for our freedom?
Lucky people don’t die.
It's very small then🤣🤣🤣🤣🤦♂️
if you do them for stupid reasons, the bravery is just stupidity, taking on excess risks for no real benefits.
I don't know anything stupid, like hitting on a girl you dont know. If she likes u it bravery and if she doesn't its stupidity I guess. Didn't pit to much thought in it