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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Smart people don’t think others are stupid</h1>
<small>2012-05-16</small>
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	The woman seemed to be making some pretty good points until she stopped with, “Ugh! Those people are just so stupid!!”
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	She could have said Southerners, Northerners, Liberals, Conservatives, Chinese, or Americans.
	It doesn’t matter.
	She just proved that she wasn’t being smart.
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	There are no smart people or stupid people, just people being smart or being stupid.
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	Being smart means thinking things through.
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	It means trying to find the real answer, not the easiest answer.
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	Being stupid means avoiding thinking by jumping to conclusions.
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	Jumping to a conclusion is like quitting a game.
	You lose by default.
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	That’s why saying “I don’t know” is usually smart — because it’s refusing to jump to a conclusion.
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	So when someone says, “They’re so stupid!” it means they’ve stopped thinking.
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	They say it because it’s satisfying to jump to that conclusion.
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	So if you decide someone is stupid, it means you’re not thinking, which is not being smart.
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	Therefore, smart people don’t think others are stupid.
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