Stupid Is as Stupid Does

Topics: Stupidity Pages: 2 (778 words) Published: December 9, 2012
Stupid Is as Stupid Does
One of the two books I read was Forrest Gump, written by Winston Groom. I spent almost two months on it, and I found it so interesting and instructive that the simple and easy words could touch my heart. Forrest Gump is a man who has a very low intelligence. Everyone, including himself, thinks that he is an idiot. The narrator of this book is himself, and it is interestingly different to see the world from an “idiot”. Though he might not be so good at dealing with social problems, he has a pure and optimistic heart that brings and takes away so much success that he doesn’t even care about. It is also the reason I chose this book because I can learn what is really important without being distracted by fame and gain. I believed that an idiot can be more intelligent than us in many ways, and I knew I was right by reading Forrest Gump.

“Maybe I am an idiot, but at least I ain't stupid.” A simple sentence said by Forrest Gump gives me an interesting thought: Is being an idiot completely equivalent to being stupid?
Forrest Gump can’t say words correctly; he can’t feel shame, and he doesn’t do appropriate things at appropriate time. However, he is a genius in math, playing chess, running, doing business and boxing. His talents have shocked countless “intelligent people” and made them feel ashamed. He might have so many shining fortes that can cover his shortcomings, but others still regard him as an idiot. I started to think that it is pretty unfair for Forrest to be treated as a stupid guy with the intelligence of an imbecile. After all, he is a fool with talents.

It is the society, or more specifically, the culture, that determines whether you are an idiot or not. You are a fool if you don’t do things others do or against so-called “common sense”. In the book Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie always says that the culture shouldn’t control us, so we should not buy it. Sometimes the fact that most people follow doesn’t make everything...
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