In the darkest chapter of German history, during a time when incited mobs threw stones into the windows of innocent shop owners and women and children were cruelly humiliated in the open; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young pastor, began to speak publicly against the atrocities.
After years of trying to change people’s minds, Bonhoeffer came home one evening and his own father had to tell him that two men were waiting in his room to take him away.
In prison, Bonhoeffer began to reflect on how his country of poets and thinkers had turned into a collective of cowards, crooks and criminals. Eventually, he concluded that the root of the problem was not malice, but stupidity.
Bonhoeffer died due to his involvement in a plot against Adolf Hitler at dawn on 9 April 1945 at Flossenbürg concentration camp just two weeks before soldiers from the United States liberated the camp…
Stupid Will Always Stand Out
This much is certain, stupidity is in essence not an intellectual defect but a moral one. There are human beings who are remarkably agile intellectually yet stupid, and others who are intellectually dull yet anything but stupid.
The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us from the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like that have taken possession of him.
He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and is abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil – incapable of seeing that it is evil.
This theory was echoed in In 1976, when Carlo M. Cipolla, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the 5 fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity:
Law #1: Always and inevitably, everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
Law #2: The probability that a certain person is stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
Law #3: A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or a group of persons while self deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.
Law #4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals.
Law #5: A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.
Today’s Lucy & Jeff walk is about the things that are happening… the idiocracy who are making it happen… and the numbskulls who deserve to have it happen to them.