Ignorance and stupidity are not interchangeable concepts.

Ignorance is about refusal or denial of facts regardless of the imperial evidence of the validity or veracity of the assertion of said facts.

Stupidity is about the fundamental lack of, or deficiency  in, the ability or capacity to absorb  or comprehend basic or elementary information.  

Stupidl people don't know what they don't know. 

Ignorant people don't want, or care, to know what they know they don't know. 

We are constantly engaged in a war against both ignorance and stupidity.

If you're literate, you're in it whether you choose to be or not. 

You're a foot soldier in the constant and continuous battle between enlightenment and ignorance,  and the war between stupidity and intelligence.

Fight on! The battle isn't over.

Fight on! Let there be no retreat.

Fight on!  The war's yet to be won.

Fight on!  'Til our victory Is complete.

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on August 29, 2016 at 8:09pm
I'm sitting here wondering who will decide to be offended by this post. You seem to be on a roll. LOL
Comment by Rosigami on August 30, 2016 at 6:05am

It's impossible to "fix" stupidity, but at least with ignorance, you've got a shot. 

Comment by Ron Powell on August 30, 2016 at 6:13am
@Rosi; Agreed, with a caveat:

Education is our way of addressing passive/ unintentional ignorance.

Intentional and puposeful ignorance is another matter entirely.
Comment by Ron Powell on August 30, 2016 at 6:19am
@SBA; Your participation has been instrumental in creating the roll that I'm on.

Thanks...
Comment by Rosigami on August 30, 2016 at 6:23am

Agreed! (and it is one of the many reasons I chose to be a teacher.)

Comment by Keith Joiner on August 30, 2016 at 6:26am

I'm sorry Ron, you are incorrect. Ignorance is the simple lack of knowledge. Nothing more, nothing less. 

ig·no·rance
ˈiɡnərəns/
noun
  1. lack of knowledge or information.
    "he acted in ignorance of basic procedures"
    synonyms: incomprehension of, unawareness of, unconsciousness of, unfamiliarity with,inexperience with, lack of knowledge about, lack of information about; More
Comment by Keith Joiner on August 30, 2016 at 6:26am

But I promise I am not offended Amy. :)

Comment by Amy Brook Palleson on August 30, 2016 at 6:30am

I had a epiphany the other day that all humans manage their emotional experience through psychological filters, one of which deems whether new information that needs active assimilation might make them experience discomfort (e.g., feel bad about themslves, cognitive dissonance, etc).  It's easier to just look the other way in a big "screw it" when encountering such information, and I think you have to WANT to be able to challenge yourself AND be able to assimilate the new info without totally losing your crap emotionally in order to pull yourself out of ignorance.

That is why teachers are so important.  Because they can deliver new information in ways which don't challenge someone's delicate emotional balance. Teaching really is an art. 

Comment by Ron Powell on August 30, 2016 at 6:31am
@KJ; A bit of fine tuning and clarification:

Education is our way of addressing passive/ unintentional ignorance.

Intentional and puposeful ignorance is another matter entirely.
Comment by greenheron on August 30, 2016 at 6:32am

Purposeful ignorance has a purpose. I think most people practice purposeful ignorance for something.

For example, when I began cancer treatment, my oncologist told me in strong not uncertain terms to stay off the internet. Of course, I did not take her advice and spent hours there educating and also terrifying myself. With no medical training and a detailed awareness of the possibilities, I became more afraid, more expectant that the worst cancer things would happen to me. After they call your name with a cancer diagnosis, for awhile, you think anything that can happen will happen to you.. Later on, I read the statistic that the highest rate of survival is enjoyed by people who have a psychological tendency toward denial. In other words, don't tell me, I don't want to know. Ignorance is a factor in better survival rates.

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