I came across this great, detailed, and funny (yet with serious undertone)] article from Quartz. It’s a little lengthy, but absolutely worth reading the whole thing whilst sipping on coffee and waking up. This article is about Cipolla’s (an Italian economic historian) The 5 Universal Laws of Human Stupidity. To begin, the first law is that everyone always and inevitably underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation. There’s always more stupid to go around.
The second law states that the probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person; that is, their job, education, gender, race, or wealth doesn’t matter. What is a stupid person anyway? The third law defines a stupid person, which is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses to themselves. Finally, the next two laws are:
Law 4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.
Law 5: A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.
Don’t necessarily think all these laws are true? Well, let’s apply it to Republicans and Republican like minded people. In the USA, there are hundreds of millions of Republicans; that’s a lot of stupid people to boot. Now, they do things like promote misinformation and peddling false cures, which doesn’t really benefit them, and leads to harming themselves and [stupid] others. Just how dangerous can stupid be? It’s dangerous when it’s people who hold great power. Look to the oil industry, with its advocates and pet politicians.
Their stupidity has steadily worsened the health of the planet and its occupants, all because of greed and short term profit. Short term profit, because their actions have and will render more and more of Earth inhospitable.Tags: 5 laws of human stupidity, human stupidity, stupid people