And now that we are stuck with all these stupid people, I don't know what we do. My best solution is to hide in my corner and not to come out unnecessarily. But we are social animals and I instinctively stick out my head from time to time to interact, only to hide back in quick.
Carlo Maria Cipolla, an Italian economic historian has written many essays on human stupidity, the most famous being "The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity" where he lists his five fundamental laws of stupidity. "The first basic law of human stupidity asserts without ambiguity that:
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.
2. The probability that a certain person (will) be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
A stupid man is born a stupid man by an act of Providence.
3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.
Reasonable people find it difficult to imagine and understand unreasonable behaviour.
An intelligent person may understand the logic of a bandit. The bandit's actions follow a pattern of rationality: nasty rationality, if you like, but still rationality. The bandit wants a plus on his account. Since he is not intelligent enough to devise ways of obtaining the plus as well as providing you with a plus, he will produce his plus by causing a minus to appear on your account. All this is bad, but it is rational and if you are rational you can predict it. You can foresee a bandit's actions, his nasty manoeuvres and ugly aspirations and often can build up your defenses.
You have no rational way of telling if and when and how and why the stupid creature attacks. When confronted with a stupid individual you are completely at his mercy.
a) one is generally caught by surprise by the attack; b) even when one becomes aware of the attack, one cannot organize a rational defense, because the attack itself lacks any rational structure.
The fact that the activity and movements of a stupid creature are absolutely erratic and irrational not only makes defense problematic but it also makes any counter-attack extremely difficult - like trying to shoot at an object which is capable of the most improbable and unimaginable movements. This is what both Dickens and Schiller had in mind when the former stated that "with stupidity and sound digestion man may front much" and the latter wrote that "against stupidity the very Gods fight in vain."
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.
5. A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.
Great quote! I wish there was a cure for stupidity or insistence on ignorance. Children should be obliged to take logics courses and to pass them in order to be let out into the world outside of their homes. Or perhaps we need something to overcome the ego that refuses to accept mistakes.
Well, I have to confess... Back in the day, it took me much longer to process stupidity. Days, even weeks. Now that I have come to the realization, I hope to have improved my speed after so much practice!
I think this is a good analogy. Trouble is... if you do not try to kill it, it ends up sucking your blood anyway. They take your time, your life. So best option is... put stupid people nets all over the windows of your life!
True, they may find a way to sneak in; still... you need the nets, they serve at least as the first level of protection.
“The problem with the world is that everyone does not have a brain, but everyone does have a tongue.” ― Raheel Farooq
“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” ― George Carlin
Unfortunately it is so.
“I've learned two things the hard way: You can't fix stupid and you shouldn't use up your patience to fix stupid.” ― Karen A. Baquiran
I wish I learn that too and fast!