I would like to discuss the word “stupid”. Unfortunately this is a word I have often used in the past, and also it has been directed toward me. Webster defines stupid as:
Slow of mind, given to unintelligent decisions or acts
Wow, this word is insulting. No one would like to be referred to as slow of mind or making unintelligent decisions. If you want to incite anger in anyone, calling him or her stupid will do this. Inciting anger is not what God wants us to do, even if someone is confronting us. Might there be another or synonyms that we can convey without causing separation. Looking at the synonyms by Webster, they appear to be more debasing of character. Words like airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bubblehead, chowderhead, and chucklehead are only a few synonyms in Webster. I would choose to use less confrontational words like silly or unreasonable. You may have other words to substitute. From my thinking, I hope not use the word stupid any more, and substitute silly or unreasonable when unreasonable people appear in my life. Yes, God tells us to ponder and not act on our mistaken thoughts; but sometimes we, especially myself, may not be strong enough to resist our evil thoughts. When this happens, silly or unreasonable may be the lesser of two evil words. If you cannot agree with my position, please don’t call me stupid, oops I mean silly.