in the post on stupidity, a stupid person is defined as someone who`s actions bring harm to themselves and/or to others without net benifit.
people have a conversation in thier heads going all the time that creates pictures and generates more conversation.
we hear voices and see things.
we are experiencing hallucinations that we passively accept as reality.
the stupid person lets those internal mechanisms run the show.
so does the hapless, the bandit and the intelligent.
the internal dialog of these different groups is the mechanism that creates the different behaviour, and is situationally specific.
some stupid people become a bandit in the courtroom for instance, and some hapless souls become intelligent behind thier desk in the office.
horses for courses.
and there are those who consistantly make a horse run the wrong course.
it is my personal and professional view that stupidity is a conditioned state, and that with training people can become bandits quite quickly................