That statement – “people are stupid” – has always rubbed me the wrong way.
In my experience, the person who says that thinks they’re smarter than everyone else – which, in itself, is stupid.
When you think you’re smarter than everyone else, you fail to empathize. You fail to account for the infinite number of perspectives that people have. You fail to account for all of the different experiences people are bringing to the table that informs the lens through which they see events.
It’s not that people are stupid. It’s that there are too many stupid people…