Monday, September 13, 2021

Stupidity or Malice

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” ~ Hanlon's Razor (Robert J. Hanlon). People believe that the intellectuals and politicians are malicious. What if the intellectuals and politicians are plain and simple stupid? The disasters that they cause are not due to their malice but because their stupidity makes them incapable of taking the right decisions. They are not out to get you—they are acting insanely because they are stupid. Goethe has said something similar in his 1774 book The Sorrows of Young Werther: “Misunderstandings and lethargy perhaps produce more wrong in the world than deceit and malice do.” Here’s a comment that Churchill made about Charles De Gaulle: “His ‘insolence… may be founded on stupidity rather than malice.’” (From Churchill’s letter to King George VI in February 1943)

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