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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Peter Burns: "Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than evil," wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian.

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Interesting read.

And for those who think it's a partisan piece read all the way through.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-23 01:33 AM | Reply

Great find Thanks for posting.

#2 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-11-23 06:44 AM | Reply

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-11-23 07:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Against stupidity we have no defense. Neither protests nor force can touch it. Reasoning is of no use. Facts that contradict personal prejudices can simply be disbelieved " indeed, the fool can counter by criticizing them, and if they are undeniable, they can just be pushed aside as trivial exceptions. So the fool, as distinct from the scoundrel, is completely self-satisfied. In fact, they can easily become dangerous, as it does not take much to make them aggressive. For that reason, greater caution is called for than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Stupid people choked the life out of Bonhoeffer on April 9, 1945.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-11-23 07:10 AM | Reply

for those who think it's a partisan piece read all the way through.

A critique of stupidity and nazis is inherently offensive to Republicans.

#5 | Posted by JOE at 2021-11-23 08:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Explains Left-handed Turd.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-11-23 08:58 AM | Reply

Very interesting article.

Thanks for posting it.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-23 11:50 AM | Reply

The article does highlight the frustration of trying to argue with stupid people. We see the exact same dynamic play out here on the DR on a daily basis. But I would also point that most of the same frustrations also crop up when arguing with dishonest people.

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-11-23 12:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"dishonest people."

Explains why playing dumb is such a common tactic.
"It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission."

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-23 12:10 PM | Reply

you can't fix stupid. We are doomed.

see: Dunning Kruger effect

#10 | Posted by bus_driver at 2021-11-23 12:13 PM | Reply

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John Cleese (of Monty Python/Faulty Towers fame)

#11 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-11-23 01:38 PM | Reply

"Yet, argue with the individual actors using logic and facts, and you get nowhere. "

Whew...this is the best description of one-sided social outlets perfectly. The Rittenhouse verdict is the most recent example. All of the facts were there to prove his innocence in the eyes of the law. But even today, after the dust settled, there are still so many people who are bringing up talking points that have already been proven entirely false. Was he stupid for going there? Yes. Did he break any laws? No. And all of the evidence proves it. The only reason it is still an issue is because so many people read Liberal media headlines and believed it without researching, and still believe it today when all of the facts are there for everyone to see.

Doesn't mean the laws are right. Doesn't mean he wasn't stupid. What it does mean though is that too many people don't research to find the facts before forming conclusions and nobody can argue that in this verdict because it's exactly what has happened.

Also, I believe Idiocracy already showed the future state of what this article is getting to. I still fully expect to walk into a Costco one day and have the greeter say, "Welcome to Costco, I love you"...

#12 | Posted by humtake at 2021-11-23 02:17 PM | Reply

#12 | Posted by humtake

If you truly think stupidity is a threat why do you vote for the stupider party?

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-11-23 06:56 PM | Reply

Whew...this is the best description of one-sided social outlets perfectly. The Rittenhouse verdict is the most recent example. All of the facts were there to prove his innocence in the eyes of the law. But even today, after the dust settled, there are still so many people who are bringing up talking points that have already been proven entirely false.

#12 | Posted by humtake

Yeah and OJ was found innocent too. Was that justice?

Are people allowed to be angry when they see their justice system's failures?

Just because a biased judge and jury found him "innocent" doesn't mean justice was served.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-11-23 06:57 PM | Reply

I often refer to Cipolla's 5 Basic Laws of Human Stupidity:

1. Always and inevitably, each of us underestimates the number of stupid individuals in the world

2. The probability that a certain person is stupid is independent of any other characteristic of the same person

3. A stupid person is one who causes harm to another person or group without at the same time obtaining a benefit for himself or even damaging himself

4. Non-stupid people always underestimate the harmful potential of stupid people

5. The stupid person is the most dangerous person that exists

#15 | Posted by chuffy at 2021-11-24 03:43 PM | Reply

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