“Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
This famous quote by Mark Twain sets the mood and serves as inspiration for this post today.
It conveys that you should never argue with stupid people, since they will not debate with facts and logic, but rather with emotions and illogical, and irrelevant information. Since most folks aren’t used to that, they will beat you through stupidity, which they are experienced in.
Let me explain as good as I can why I think you shouldn’t argue with certain people.
Never argue with an idiot quote origin
Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience, was first uttered by the famous lecturer, publisher, and American writer, Mark Twain.
Meaning of the quote, “never argue with an idiot quote”
It conveys that stupid people will not necessarily argue with respect, empirical evidence, nor will they reason objectively, or through logic.
Thus, they try to drag you down into an emotional fight that’s based on feelings rather than logic. And when you’re out of your element, they can beat you through experience, which they have considering they’re constantly debating with other people through their emotions instead of through thoughtful arguments.
Why you should never try to argue with an idiot
Unable to comprehend opinions other than their ownIdiots are … Well, not that smart. This makes them unable to grasp opinions other than their own.
They often believe that their opinion is the only possible truth out there. Living life through this very narrow and unjust point of view makes for a very unjust sense of realism.
Unwilling to try to comprehend other people’s opinionsSome people are intolerant of other people’s opinions just because of the very reason that they are different from their own.
These are the worst kind of people, and it’s totally meaningless to argue with them because they are frequently ill willed and are simply unwilling to try to comprehend different opinions and different point of views.
Unable to grasp different point of views.Smart people are able to grasp that each individual is unique and, thus, will have different thoughts and ideas.
They realize that different point of views are necessary in order to improve and live a balanced life. They try to and are regularly able to see life through multiple different lenses, through different point of views if you will.
Idiots and ideological possessed people do not possess these traits. Thus, they are unable to grasp different point of views. This leads to a very narrow and often unjust vision. With very little openness towards different ideas and experiences. Thus, they develop a rigid way of thinking, unable to change their own ways.
Overconfident and too assured of their own opinionYou should never try to argue with an idiot when they’re overconfident and arrogant.
Smart people know how much they don’t know. Dumb people believe, against better judgment, that they know everything. This phenomenon is also commonly referred to as the Dunning-Kruger effect in psychology.
The loudest person in the room isn’t always the most confident person in the room, either. It can be a symptom of masking insecurity, or of being too self-assured.
No matter how intelligent and competent one might be, being overconfident is never a good thing. It’s always beneficial and even advised to have a healthy amount of self skepticism and introspection to keep both feet firmly on the ground.
Parroting someone else’s ideas and thoughtsIdiots, and especially ideological possessed people, typically parrot someone else’s ideas and thoughts without understanding them properly or even thinking carefully and critically for themselves.
This means that their thoughts and ideas are not even their own. And that those ideas and thoughts that they deem their own are nothing more than simple copies of the ideas of the person or instance that put them there.
They won’t changeNo matter how much you argue with them, they won’t change. They won’t change the way they think or act, even when objectively proven wrong.
Changing your own behavior and thinking habits requires reflection and critical thought. These are higher executive functions, which the less equipped people often don’t have, or to a lesser degree.
How to deal with idiots: Why you should never argue with an idiot
My advice to deal with idiots is simple. Never argue with stupid people. Simply ignore, and if possible, avoid them.
It’s of no use. You can not and will not change them or their particular behavior.
Important to note is that if you can’t solve a problem, you should just let it be and put as little attention and energy into it as possible. In this case, the idiotic people who you can’t change with reason or facts.
This can be hard and challenging at times. Because we often like to object with facts and reason if we know that we are right. If we have critically studied the topic and thus, are competent at it. However, there are some arguments that we just can’t win, even if we are right.
I would say that there is no winning involved when dealing with idiots and ideological possessed people. And that’s why you should learn to shut down certain argumentative people.
Why I don't argue with idiots
Never argue with an idiot cartoon
Lots of people are tired of dealing with idiots. That’s why I compiled some funny cartoons and memes about why you should ignore idiots.
Never argue with an idiot meme
Just because someone has a different opinion than you does not automatically make them an idiot or an ideological possessed person. As a matter of fact, conflict can be good, and beneficial as well.
However, some common traits of such people include failure to entertain different point of views, unwillingness to try to understand a different opinion than their own and being intolerant of different opinions.
That’s why you should never argue with stupid people who show several of the above traits since it’s simply a waste of time and energy!