Sunday, November 26, 2023

Philosophy (part 1) - Stupidity


Thomas Paine, American Revolutionary War influencer, best known for his pamphlet Common Senseonce said:

To argue with a person
who has renounced the use of reason
 is like administering medicine
to the dead.

Otherwise - Stupidity.

A casual observer sees displays of stupidity in politics every day. But when the emotions in a crowd get out of control, we can have....

Mob Rule

The 20th century experienced much madness. One such gripped Nazi Germany during the 1930s.

Some resisted the devolution from a democracy with rule of law into a police state under a tyrant. But it was not enough to stop the escalation into World War II.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident was one of the resistors. He was arrested as part of a failed plot to assassinate Hitler, imprisoned, and hung in April 1945, weeks before Germany surrendered to the Allies. 

But he wrote of the evils of stupidity in his letters from prison while waiting execution:

To sum up stupidity:

The way of fools seems right to them,

but the wise listen to advice.

Proverbs 12:15

And our philosophers speak in the art of film:

And that's all I have to say about that!



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Photo: Thomas Paine/wikipedia

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