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reijinni's avatar

Do you know the difference between bravery and stupidity?

Asked by reijinni (6953points) May 6th, 2009
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adreamofautumn's avatar

Usually. Sometimes I mess them up a bit.

EmpressPixie's avatar


If it works, it was brave. It it doesn’t, it was stupid.

Okay, okay. Not everything brave is also stupid and vice versa, but I couldn’t resist. It’s like a venn diagram. It can be both or either.

syz's avatar

Bravery is when you survive. Stupidity is when you don’t.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who honestly thinks they don’t know the difference but in reality that line is very subjective.

I keep thinking of the phrase “only a fool thinks of himself as wise”.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

maybe there isn’t
an action could be stupid but brave at the same time
in desperate moments, people let go of judgment and sometimes it works out for the best

galileogirl's avatar

I see plenty of stupidity in individuals who survive while damaging others. I’m surprised that nobody stated the obvious. Bravery is usually an act of selflessness while stupidity is always an act of selfishness.

Dog's avatar

The answer to this question lies in the view of the individual judging more than the act.

For instance there are a lot of brave acts done in war. However to someone who would not agree with the war those acts would be considered foolish.

So the perception of bravery is very highly linked to the values of the observing party.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@galileogirl it doesn’t habe to be an act of selfishness…stupid people who committ stupid actions can’t perhaps tell the difference between selflessness and selfisness

spresto's avatar

I guess that depends on how stupid you are. If you think you are brave you are probably just stupid. However, it takes a stupid person to do something brave. Many times people do heroic acts, but if they took the time to think about it they would’nt have done it.

galileogirl's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir If a person of normal ability acts impulsively or without thinking about the consequences of his actions and he causes harm, that IS selfish, ergo stupid

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@galileogirl i don’t usually connect selfishness with stupidity but i suppose it’s possible

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I say I do but it’s subjective to my own standards of conduct and risk taking.

Judi's avatar

Bravery is when you take a risk that you don’t want to take, but you know it’s the right thing to do. Stupidity is taking a risk that you want to take, even though you know it’s the wrong thing to do.

Blondesjon's avatar

Six and one quarter beers.

norten's avatar

bravery is when you find the best possible way for the demanding situation and to apply it by suppressing your fear .. stupidity is doing the same thing without finding the best possible way….

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think bravery requires intelligence.

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