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This, from commenter Nick Digger in response to my quip that White Nationalists/white supremacists/anti-Semites are “stupid”. Those who disagree with my use of the word “stupid” here assume that I care to put much effort in coming up with a better word to describe these people. Would “misguided” work? Anyway, digger writes:
There is nothing stupid about disliking something; it is merely a question of taste. To call someone “stupid” for hating, e.g., brussel sprouts, is itself an act of stupidity. Sure, brussel sprouts contain some good vitamins and minerals, but those elements can be acquired from other vegetables, or in pill form. Some people are willing to suffer the bad taste and sulphuric afterfarts, in order to enjoy the nutrients; others are not; neither side is “stupid” for making their choice.
This seems like a poor analogy. As I wrote in comments, if you started up a website to protest brussel sprouts and if you woke up every morning fuming about how much brussel sprouts have harmed the world, then, yes, I think you are, in a word, “stupid”. I’d hasten to add that if you get worked up if your brussel sprouts touched your mashed potatoes then I’d suggest that you should look inward to figure out exactly what you are quick to anger at such trivial things.