The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity…


From CARLO M. CIPOLLA
Cantrip.org

The first basic law of human stupidity asserts without ambiguity that:

Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

At first, the statement sounds trivial, vague and horribly ungenerous. Closer scrutiny will however reveal its realistic veracity. No matter how high are one’s estimates of human stupidity, one is repeatedly and recurrently startled by the fact that:

a) people whom one had once judged rational and intelligent turn out to be unashamedly stupid.

b) day after day, with unceasing monotony, one is harassed in one’s activities by stupid individuals who appear suddenly and unexpectedly in the most inconvenient places and at the most improbable moments.

The First Basic Law prevents me from attributing a specific numerical value to the fraction of stupid people within the total population: any numerical estimate would turn out to be an underestimate. Thus in the following pages I will denote the fraction of stupid people within a population by the symbol σ.

THE SECOND BASIC LAW

Cultural trends now fashionable in the West favour an egalitarian approach to life. People like to think of human beings as the output of a perfectly engineered mass production machine. Geneticists and sociologists especially go out of their way to prove, with an impressive apparatus of scientific data and formulations that all men are naturally equal and if some are more equal than others, this is attributable to nurture and not to nature. I take an exception to this general view. It is my firm conviction, supported by years of observation and experimentation, that men are not equal, that some are stupid and others are not, and that the difference is determined by nature and not by cultural forces or factors. One is stupid in the same way one is red-haired; one belongs to the stupid set as one belongs to a blood group. A stupid man is born a stupid man by an act of Providence… Complete article here
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One Comment

This is very clever and I admit to being entertained, but…I am hoping folks do not try to be enlightened by these words. I could, and perhaps will, refute in detail the points made, but it suffices to point out that the radical individualist assumption is at the core. No, you are not the contents of your wallet, neither do you know who you will become as experience shapes you. A full life is also full of surprises about ourselves. Reject the surprises and you are as a block of ice, permanent and cold. There are a set of false assumptions that lie behind all dominator culture narratives. It is a primitive understanding that sees folks, us, as analogous to game pieces and the imaginer as a player. Tragic, abysmally sad. A dead culture walking.

As they will tell you at AA, stupid is just refusing to learn and the most stupid stand the best chance of getting it when they hit bottom. The confident addict is lost. Not only are we amazingly unique, we are also more uniform than we imagine. Once people wake up to the beauty of mutual aid and working to see all develop their talents to the maximum potential, suddenly they see the true path to abundance and joy and rush.

Are the animals in the zoo adequate subjects of the study of animal behavior? No? Then why are observations of the currently dominant culture found adequate to make conclusions about innate nature of humans? Domesticated humans, like other domesticated animals, are behaving stupidly because their keepers want them that way, the better to profit from them. The advent of globalized scientific propaganda has created a homogeneous heard that has a hard time imagining any life other than that in the human feed lot.

The beauty is that this situation can change suddenly as folks start waking each other up.

General strike now.

yerba

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