Letter: A few characteristics of truly smart people

I am smart enough to have compassion for misguided people that claim “whiny white conservatives who live on an alternate Q-Anon Planet ” are the problem. without ever meeting the people they foment hateful labels upon. I don’t know any members of the mystical “Q-anon,” I’m certainly not one.

There’s a difference between “smart” and “brainwashed.” There’s a difference between what some people think is an opponent’s personal traits, fueled by their media watching and reading habits, versus what people actually are. There’s a difference between what the government approved message is, and what the message actually is. Smart and thoughtful people don’t blindly swallow and regurgitate everything fed to them in the media.

There are stereotypes, and there’s tunnel vision; those who only see the world in one way (their way or the highway) typically embrace both and reject anything contrary to the belief system they clutch like pearls. It really isn’t much above ancient tribalism.

Dale Carnegie said it best. “Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

— Anthony Watts, Chico

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