There is no such thing.
Maybe it was the factor of studying to reach the factor of “smartness”
Maybe it was the factor of being told that you were a smart child when you were younger only to “disappoint”
Maybe it was that life moved faster than you had anticipated and you found yourself panting to catch up
Whatever it may be, there is no such thing as being smart or stupid. I think it’s silly to categorize such minds into two daft words.
First of all, no one is remotely stupid. Everyone has their own opinion of stupidity, but I really believe that no is no such person as a stupid person. If you think you’re a stupid person, then stop telling yourself that. You are not entirely stupid. There is much more to you than just being stupid. The dictionary definition of stupid is lacking common sense or intelligence. The next question would be, what is determined by how much intelligence one has? Would a grade point average have anything to do with it? Would how many languages have anything to do with it? Would having a keen ability to communicate with people flawlessly have anything to do with it?
Intellect is just how much knowledge you have and that is only determined by you. I cannot tell you, you don’t have enough knowledge because I don’t know how much there is in your mind. I think I am pretty knowledgeable in writing and history, but definitely not in the maths and sciences. If you know me, you would probably think I’m pretty proficient in the sciences because I’m taking Biology and Chemistry at the same time, but you don’t know how I think and how I process things.
I also don’t think that everyone is smart as well. There are much better ways to describe someone’s mind capacity than the overused word, smart and intelligent. The word, wisdom, has a different definition. The dictionary definition of wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment. Another definition given is the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Both have something pertaining to judgement.
If you’re called wise, than you should feel honored and humbled. Because of your experience and how you responded to them, that would determine how wise you are.
So, the moral of the story is that everyone is unique in their own way. You can’t really categorize someone to be smart or stupid. Plus, there are always much better words to compliment them on and it doesn’t even have to be about their “smartness”. Some ways of completing someone could be on their smile or how they lit up the room not by the way they dressed, but by how they presented themselves. You could also compliment someone on the way they made you smile or how they have simply been there for you.
I feel like we have been brought up to only think that there are only smart or stupid people. If you don’t think that way, then kudos to you. We should expand our perception on people and not assume everything. For all you know, the person who is getting straight A’s or has a successful business is struggling emotionally. Someone who is not doing so well in school and doesn’t really present themselves very well does not mean that they are a slob. For all you know, they could be perusing a research factory.
So, be kind and everyone does not fit j to one word. People are multi- dimensional beings.
I hope you got some of that even though I may have contradicted myself a couples of times…
Just be kind.
Have a good day!