Homo sapiens is moronic. In fact, the more educated, the more worldly, the more knowledgeable, the more moronic.
Let me explain:
There are two ways to behave in any situation: you either react or your respond.
Although on the surface they look very similar, the two behaviors are drastically different in what gives, what animates the behavior.
The action either comes from the mind, or it comes from the here-and-now, intelligence. Action from the mind is moronic, because the mind only stores the memories of the past, and nothing ever happens exactly the same way, so the action coming from the mind is always wrong, always inappropriate to the situation.
Most people behave as if they had a button: they “recognize” the stimulus from the past, and they act accordingly.
This is what we will call reactive behavior, or reaction.
When one is in reaction mode, we can safely say: “nobody is at home.” There is no looking, there is no consideration, there is no second look, there is no re-spect: just like a machine acts when you push the button, the human machine acts when it seems to recognize the stimulant as something it had already encountered.
Imagine that someone tells you that you are doing something wrong. When you react, from your memory, the button that got pushed is how dare this person insult you. You yell, or do whatever you do when someone insults you.