Does stupidity have virtue?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No stupidity doesn't have virtue. To say that it does would be like saying having a disease is virtuous. Stupidity is just a way of existence for some people, just like being white or black is. You can't decided to be stupid or not, but you can decide to be ignorant of certain things in life.

    Dictionary definition of Virtue:

    Main Entry: vir·tue

    Function: noun

    Pronunciation: 'v&r-(")chü

    Etymology: Middle English virtu, from Old French, from Latin virtut-, virtus strength, manliness, virtue, from vir man -- more at VIRILE

    1 a : conformity to a standard of right : MORALITY b : a particular moral excellence

    2 plural : an order of angels -- see CELESTIAL HIERARCHY

    3 : a beneficial quality or power of a thing

    4 : manly strength or courage : VALOR

    5 : a commendable quality or trait : MERIT

    6 : a capacity to act : POTENCY

    7 : chastity especially in a woman

    - vir·tue·less/-(")chü-l&s/ adjective

    - by virtue of or in virtue of : through the force of : by authority of

    Virtue by dictionary definitions usually implies some sort of personal or social empowerment. Both ignorance and stupidity don't do anything like that.

    Source(s): Merriam -Webster Dictionary
  • This question reminds me of a quote from an old Dilbert cartoon, were Wally proclaims, "Stupidity is like nuclear power. It can be used for good or evil." :-)

    I happen to believe that stupidity is neither a virtue nor a vice, but simply a description of one's mental state. However, I do think that willful ignorance is a vice, and failing to apply the mental capacities that one does have is a vice as well. What's even worse is to knowing prey on other's stupidity. Perhaps the only thing remotely approaching virtue is that it gives one a built-in defence for sympathy from others. (I know that I would be sympathetic to someone if they were unfairly being exploited for their lower mental capacity.)

    Hope that helps.

    Source(s): Hopefully non-stupid opinions of mine.
  • 1 decade ago

    YA because it's not against the Law ~

    But no because it's a trap to judge stupid people and pride and judgement are not virtues. I thing God put Stupid people on the planet to confound the wise! I have to deal with a co-worker who's handicap is STUPIDITY ! Oderlesseye tip toes away....

    Source(s): I have not seen a co-worker go to jail for stepping on a freshly epoxy floor.
  • 1 decade ago


    1.moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.

    2.conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude.

    3.a particular moral excellence.

    4.a good or admirable quality or property: the virtue of knowing one's weaknesses.

    i think stupidity can absolutely be a virtue. knowing stuff doesn't always make you a good person.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It protects the person from understanding what others think of him. Some stupid people are very happy.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. Virtue is stupid.

  • 1 decade ago

    in my apinion stupidity is slavery. the less u know the more easily u are controled

  • 1 decade ago

    Im a blond! I haven't the slightest! LOL

  • 1 decade ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    not that im aware of! im the biggest idiot i know lol

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