From an early age, we are expected to be smart and live a reasonable life, but instead, you should learn how to be stupid. \n\n\n\nOften, we do things because we think they are logical and right., yet at the same time, we are sure that our lives will fall into chaos if we did not follow the rules.\n\n\n\nWhat Being Smart Is All About\n\n\n\nBeing smart suggests doing what is right, based on a set of learned rules. These rules are often justified because they came from problems or mistakes we had in the past. We then use those experiences to justify our actions in the future.\n\n\n\nEconomists believe that humans are rational beings who make reasonable choices. When given a choice of one or two dollars, they figure people will always want to take more. \n\n\n\nEconomists need to learn how to be stupid because people are rarely rational about anything, as there are always other factors involved.\n\n\n\nBut this doesn't seem right as people often make decisions for a variety of reasons. And at times they don't seem to care about the typical reasons that seem obvious to everyone else.\n\n\n\nReasonability comes from science, or so we think. We figure we understand the rules of science, and that they can show us the right way to live. We sometimes even pretend that our scientific reasons are a moral guide.\n\n\n\nThe ideal of science itself usually a problem, it's what we assume becomes of it that causes us grief. The way we use the lessons from science prevents us from seeing the world as it really is, outside of our personally constructed boxes.\n\n\n\nPeople who think they are smart often put limitations on the world of possibilities around them. \n\n\n\nThese limits become even more problematic when we apply them to ourselves and deny possibilities within our own potentials.\n\n\n\nPeople often say that nobody has any common sense anymore, but common sense isn't so common. What seems smart to me, may not seem so smart to you. So what is common sense to me is not be common sense to you.\n\n\n\nOn top of this, our sense of responsibility comes from our knowledge and worldview. If we think we are smart, which we usually do, we act within our personal frameworks of possibilities.\n\n\n\nFor this reason, we should be careful about assuming what is smart and reasonable for other people. Because often, we can't be sure about what is going on inside their heads.\n\n\n\nWhy We Try To Be Smart?\n\n\n\nOur strongest motivation comes from our understanding of the world. We make choices because we think they will bring us where we want to go. Meaning our knowledge of a situation determines which decisions we can make in that situation.\n\n\n\nAs children, we discover cause and effect. By seeing things happen, we build up an understanding of the reasons why those things and other things happen. \n\n\n\nThis is what being smart is all about, we figure out how the world works by watching it and then we can make predictions about what will happen next.\n\n\n\nOn top of this, being smart exposes us to more knowledge. This in turn creates more self-imposed rules on our lives and limits the possibilities of what we can do. These limits in turn create a stricter sense of what being smart and reasonable means. The more we think we know, the more limited our choices become.\n\n\n\nPeople who know less may make stupid choices, but for them, those are the best choices they can make. Not knowing the rules, in some cases, may even be an advantage. \n\n\n\nNot being smart enough to know the rules, means you can be stupid enough to make your own.\n\n\n\nBeing smart and reasonable seems to make the most sense and sounds like the best thing to do. But we are often told to be smart about our decisions, but what that really means is that we should following the same old rules that everyone else is following.\n\n\n\nWe Have Forgotten How To Be Stupid\n\n\n\nBeing smart and reasonable often stands in the way of our hopes and dreams. Doing what is smart, at times, can be the worst possible thing you can do.\n\n\n\nAs children, we often have grand ambitions and dreams about what we can be and do with our lives. We also have lots of hope and are sure we can make our dreams come true.\n\n\n\nOften, when we ask our parents or someone we trust for advice, they tell us to be smart and reasonable. In other words, they tell us to follow the rules and forget how to be stupid. \n\n\n\nA lack of support for our grand ambitions often leads us to choose smarter more practical options, even if they aren't what we want.\n\n\n\nAs we follow our parent's advice, we make choices that don't feel right in our hearts. But then, after a while, we start to believe that the choices we made make the most sense. Slowly we forget about our dreams and the other possibilities in our lives.\n\n\n\nWe rationalize with ourselves that we need a house, car and vacation. Then we figure we can't get those things unless we make smart but boring choices.\n\n\n\nAdditionally, for something to seem reasonable, we often need to see it happening. It needs to be proven to us by the world. It is challenging to do something you haven't seen before, which makes it seem stupid and unreasonable.\n\n\n\nAt times being smart sets limitations and barriers to doing what we really want to do. \n\n\n\nMany of those barriers may really exist, and we shouldn't forget that. But we also need to realize that being smart may be preventing us from trying to do what we truly want.\n\n\n\nAt times, remembering how to be stupid is essential. Ask someone famous, and they will likely tell you that the most sensible thing for them to have done was not to try. But they ignored the smart advice and instead did something stupid.\n\n\n\nHappiness And Magic\n\n\n\nMagic happens in the moment, which is to say it unfolds quickly and without explanation.\n\n\n\nWhen things happen, we try to explain them away with reason, science and our ideals of being smart. Sadly, this approach takes away from the fun and mystery of things.\n\n\n\nAs we get older, we forget how to find happiness in what we can't explain, we forget how to be stupid. A great example of this is how children react to a surprise. They get so excited and laugh, and they show lots of emotion, but they don't try to understand or explain the surprise.\n\n\n\nKids haven't had the magic taken away because they are still stupid, so they live in a world of mystery and unexplainable things.\n\n\n\nAs adults, we should try to follow the lead of children and live happier less smart lives.\n\n\n\nLife can be more exciting when we stop worrying about why. Simple things can bring pleasure when they are not understood. We should try to be open to the unknown and be ok with not knowing all the answers.\n\n\n\nBy letting go of smartness, we can see things for what they are, which is often not so smart.\n\n\n\nThe Real World Isn't Smart, It's Stupid\n\n\n\nIf we focus too much on being smart, then we will have an explanation for everything. That seems reasonable enough, but can we be sure it is an accurate description of the world around us?\n\n\n\nThere are lots of things that we can not explain. \n\n\n\nPopular science gives us the impression that we are smart and know a lot about the world around us. But in fact, we hardly know anything about anything.\n\n\n\nThe problem with believing the smart thing to do is that we think we know the world around us, but that ends up making the world smaller. When we accept our stupidity, we open ourselves up to an expanding universe where things can't be explained so easily.\n\n\n\nMost of what is possible is outside the range of what we think we know at the moment. We can be open and accepting of stupid choices, or we can demand proof and only make smart choices. The second, more popular option seems right on the surface, but will only hold us back from doing truly great things.\n\n\n\nBeing smart isn't always consistent, the truth is that we don't understand enough to be sure about anything. \n\n\n\nWhat we know, is only reactionary, so instead, we should embrace the unknown.\n\n\n\nLearning how to be Stupid Can Lead to A Better Life\n\n\n\nI am not suggesting you entirely give up on being smart and reasonable. Many real-world risks can and should be avoided. In addition, throwing all caution to the wind is foolish and can be dangerous. Obviously, life can always be improved by living well and making good choices.\n\n\n\nBut we should be careful not to confuse living smartly with living the best kind of life. \n\n\n\nSometimes we need to make stupid choices if we want to be happy and do meaningful things.\n\n\n\nIt's rarely smart to follow your dreams, but your happiness often depends on it. At the same time, knowing that even if you fail, you will get satisfaction out of the process. On top of this, knowing you tried will let you live without regret.\n\n\n\nIf you want a meaningful life, you need to be willing to step outside what seems smart, and you need to be willing to be stupid.\n\n\n\nWhile living a smart life may feel safe, it won't force you to look outside of what you know and potentially make stupid choices. In the long run, a safe life will rob you of all the most exciting and significant potential happenings in your life.\n\n\n\nThe best thing you can do right now is to live a little less smartly. \n\n\n\nEmbrace the unknown and stupid, and it will bring you more than you expect.\n\n\n\nDon't let being smart get in the way of living the life you want to live.\n\n\n\nWhat are you doing in your life to be more stupid? Are you certain about too much and is that preventing you from living the life you want to live?