Stupid mistake

You don’t have to be young to make a stupid mistake, but it helps. Youth doesn’t comprehend danger or consequences. Maybe there’s an evolutionary reason for that. Maybe if young people were cautious and mature, no progress would ever be made, nothing new would ever be tried.

A lot of young people have been injured or even killed doing stupid things. How can that be a valuable trait? As a person, I take a personal approach to stupid mistakes, especially those made by my own children, who I am trying to protect from harm. But in evolutionary terms, do individual stupid mistakes matter? Do individuals matter . . .

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

One thought on “Stupid mistake”

  1. “You WHAT?” Jack jumped to his feet.

    “Shhhh! They’ll hear you!” I glanced fearfully at the still-dark crack at the bottom of the door. “I’m sorry! It was a stupid mistake!”

    “A stup- Christ, Annie! That was beyond stupid! Do you have any IDEA what this means?” His harsh whisper tore through my belly.

    “I don’t – what was that noise?”

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