John Stuart Mill on Stupidity

Mill’s very precise alignment of stupidity with the herd instinct and intelligence with individuality.

Stupidity is much the same all the world over. A stupid person’s notions and feelings may confidently be inferred from those which prevail in the circle by which the person is surrounded. Not so with those whose opinions and feelings are an emanation from their own nature and faculties.

John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women

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