Every day, we come across ideas that are stupid or illogical. Even though these ideas lack credibility, people still blindly accept them. A recent online discussion asks for examples of these statements. Here are our favorite responses.
1. The Spectrum of Smartness
Here's a popular misconception: “I am book dumb; therefore, I am street smart.” The term book smart refers to academic intelligence, excelling in school, and possessing strong memorization and conceptualization skills.
In contrast, street smart is seen as the practical application of life skills and the ability to navigate real-world situations effectively. They argue that smartness exists on a spectrum and people who progress/regress in life fit in somewhere between.
2. The Pitfalls of Pretty Words
Someone raises concerns about the prevailing belief that “Pretty words win arguments!” They express discomfort with a friend group that relied on this tactic, leading to confusing and manipulative behavior.
It's frustrating to witness such behavior. They describe it as a game where both parties engage in finger-pointing and seek validation from the surrounding audience. The commenter expresses their exasperation at seeing people act foolishly, only to be praised as if they achieved something significant.
3. Wisdom Knows No Age
“If you're older, you're smarter.” This is an argument we listen to daily. However, a user challenges its validity. They argue that they have met older, less intelligent individuals than infants.
While acknowledging that life experiences can contribute to earning wisdom compared to one's past self, they emphasize that age alone does not confer superiority in intelligence.
Not everyone gathers wisdom as they age. People of all ages can have immature behavior, lack empathy, and make wrong decisions.
4. Frustration in Miscommunication
There is a misconception between “being heard and understood” and “agreeing.” Someone recounts a frustrating argument they had with someone who failed to differentiate between understanding an argument and agreeing with it. When the commenter tries to explain to another person, understanding someone's position does not necessarily imply agreement. They refused to accept that there was a difference.
5. Karma vs. Just World Fallacy
Many people challenge the belief in the existence of karma, highlighting the fallacy known as the “just world fallacy.” Religious and spiritual people with a strong faith in their gods often exhibit a more optimistic perspective. This faith empowers them to have confidence in their actions, believing their deeds are guided by their worshipped gods.
Many people may avoid wrong deeds for fear of divine punishment or a great afterlife. Ultimately, they conclude that hope is important in giving people the necessary strength in today's society.
6. Personal Experience vs. Research
“I experienced it, so it must be true!” It's common for people to prioritize their personal experiences over peer-reviewed research, statistics, and studies. The commenter provides examples of people who defend their soda consumption by saying their exercise routine and healthy eating habits can be balanced.
However, studies can and do indicate otherwise, contradicting one's beliefs.
7. Debunking “Happily Ever After”
Some jaded people question the widely romanticized notion of “happily ever after.” They express skepticism about the belief that when two people are married, their future years will effortlessly be successful without requiring hard work, sacrifices, or compromises.
This doesn't make any sense. It was even difficult for them to imagine a state of endless happiness where nothing bad ever happens to a couple.
8. Finding Reason in Randomness
“Everything happens for a reason” doesn't make sense to some people. While acknowledging that there may be certain situations where it holds some validity, in reality, many things happen without any justifiable reason, whether good or bad.
A straightforward explanation is that some things happen. We must face those things; sometimes, we need the courage to turn negativity to our advantage.
9. Mind-Reading Myths
A married person raises their voice against the statement, “My partner should be able to read my mind; I don't need to communicate well.”
Another person expresses frustration with this mindset, stating that their ex-partner would say, “You should just know.” The user highlights that they are incapable of mind-reading, and partners should communicate with each other about any concerns.
10. Breaking the Cycle of Physical Punishment
A flawed belief is that “subjecting children to physical punishment, yelling, and public humiliation will make them successful adults.”
Many people disagree with this approach, emphasizing that inflicting pain and violence on children is not helping their healthy emotional development or promoting good behavior.
11. Preferences Without Hatred
People commonly assume, “If you're not for something, you are against it.” A wise individual expresses frustration with this myth, sharing a personal example of their preference for Xbox over PlayStation. They explain that their choice does not equate to hatred for PlayStation; instead, they would enjoy both consoles if they could buy both.
12. The Customer Is Not Always Right
We've all heard it: “The customer is always right.”
Customers are not always correct, and everyone must follow the rules. One person shared a personal experience where a student made a similar claim, expecting the instructor to re-conduct a missed class. In response, the instructor laughed and highlighted the irony, stating that if the students were always right, they wouldn't need a teacher in the first place.