Monday, September 13, 2021

Stupidity or Malice

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” ~ Hanlon's Razor (Robert J. Hanlon). 

The politicians who impose bad policies on their country are not malicious; they are stupid. The government is not out to get you—unfortunately, the government comprises of people who are too stupid to know that their policies will bring disaster in the lives of millions. Goethe has said in his book The Sorrows of Young Werther: “Misunderstandings and lethargy perhaps produce more wrong in the world than deceit and malice do.” 

Churchill has accused Charles De Gaulle of being stupid. He said: “His ‘insolence… may be founded on stupidity rather than malice.’” (Churchill’s letter to King George VI, Feb 1943)

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