- I have been foolish in my life. It did not make me an ass.
- I have been stupid–many times. Once again, not an ass.
I would have to disagree that merely making mistakes or lacking the memory to recall how to avoid them classifies any human being as an ass.
What makes us into asses is the desire to make ourselves look good, even when we are foolish and stupid.
Arrogance is what “assifies” the human being.
Quickly admitting foolishness is beneficial. Being willing to attest to your stupidity can be downright endearing.
But insisting that your particular rendition of the truth–which has proven to be riddled with falseness–is still viable and worthy of consideration, is what places you in the position of being an ass–and needing to be kicked there.
Now there is another word, which is “asshole.”
If you will allow me to put forth my personal interpretation of that word, it would be as follows:
Since an ass is an individual who becomes prideful over his or her foolishness or stupidity, an asshole is someone who decides to preach and teach their arrogance…to others.
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