Stupidity means the state, quality, or fact of being stupid. The origin of stupidity comes from the Latin word "stupiditās". Stupidity as defined not only means the fact of being stupid, but could also be defined in other ways. Stupidity could mean the way a person acts, thinks, or speaks. In other words, if a person acts, thinks, and speaks with stupidity, would that not define them as stupid?

Three main examples of stupidity in history can be debated, but as shown can be proven stupid. For example, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the people most devastated by the storm acted extremely stupid. They would rob and kill people in the same situation as them. People would loot stores not for food and water, but for non-essential items, such as, televisions, DVD players, beer, and many other items. Another example would be "The War on Terrorism". It seems that many people have forgotten why the troops are in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not for oil! The soldiers are fighting to ensure the freedom of the Iraqi and Afghani nationals, and to eliminate the threat of another September 11, 2001. A third example of stupidity includes former President George W. Bush. Although he was a well- educated man, many of his speeches presented to the nation made it seem as though he was the stupidest leader we had ever had.

There are three simple steps for a person to take to not appear stupid. First, if you ever find yourself in a natural disaster or traumatic event, act sensibly. Remember you may not be the only one needing help, so be patient with the people trying to help and courteous to the people in need of help and helping you. Next, think logically about past, present, and future events. Gather as much information about the subject, and know all the facts before making a decision. Third, develop the ability to speak in front of crowds without using slang and limiting stuttering and pauses. For example, use proper etiquette when giving a speech and rehearse your speech several times before you go on stage. These are just a few ways to help avoid being misconceived as stupid.

I myself have a few personal experiences of stupidity that I have encountered in my past and, unfortunately, present. First, there are certain actions by fellow classmates, especially, in one particular class. For example, every day the teacher must stop her lecture to correct a certain group of people for talking and disrupting the class. Also, in the same class some of the students find it funny to turn out the lights after class has been dismissed. Are we not in college? Next, I can think of a time when my own stupidity plagued me. For example, I once already had my own mind made up about a certain person I was to work with based on another person's opinion, and because of this closed minded perception I went in with, I never gave the person a chance. Last, I can remember a time that I was to deliver a speech and made no attempt to prepare for it. As you can imagine, it was a disaster and very much embarrassing for me. I made a complete mess of the whole speech. For example, I could not think of what to say, and I began to stutter; then I began shaking as the embarrassment of being unprepared plagued me and, thus, made me appear to be stupid.

In conclusion, the main points that were pointed out throughout history prove that stupidity "masks" itself in many forms. Therefore, the way a person acts may show his or her stupidity. Thinking and speaking can make a person appear stupid. Many people do not think about what they are about to say, and then they appear to the public eye as stupid. Stupidity plaques every person at some point in their lives either intentionally or unintentionally, but surely everyone can take precautions and overcome this plague.