With a bad man, redemption is possible. With a stupid man, nothing avails. Here, though, is where it gets interesting. Clarity and charity have the same agency. Thus, the man who knows he’s stupid is not stupid.
I feel sorry for the man who has managed to put off failure until his 60s or 70s. Generally speaking, failure at that age has no redemptive purpose; it’s too shattering.
It is better to crash the bus early, in our 20s or 30s. We have resiliency then, and suppleness.