Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity

Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity. By Sprouts.

The parallels between those 1930’s lefties the Nazis and today’s lefties are just too obvious to overlook.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer argues that stupid people are more dangerous than evil ones. This is because while we can protest against or fight evil people, against stupid ones we are defenseless — reasons fall on deaf ears….

Facts that contradict a stupid person’s prejudgement simply need not be believed. When they are irrefutable, they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person is self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack.

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 impression one gains is not so much that stupidity is a congenial defect but that, under certain circumstances, people are made stupid or rather, they allow this to happen.

People who line in solitude manifest this defect less frequently than individuals in groups. And so it would seem that stupidity is perhaps less a psychological than a sociological problem.

So true. View it all.

hat-tip Stephen Neil