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Bonhoeffer’s “theory of stupidity”: We have more to fear from stupid people than evil ones | Big Think

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Evil is simple to spot and combat, but ignorance is more difficult to do so. 

It’s a humorous and shrewd online saying that “debating an idiot is like attempting to play chess with a pigeon – it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, then flies back to its flock to claim victory.” Additionally, it is really worrisome. We all know folks who, despite the fact that we’d never admit it, we consider to be a little dim – perhaps not about everything, but definitely about certain things. In action films and comic comics, we are aware of the antagonist. They kill at random, dress ominously, and laugh maniacally at their evil plan. We also have clear villains in life, such as violent criminals and dictators that abuse human rights. As with evil, stupidity doesn’t pose a threat until it has power. When something is innocent, like my brother’s lack of knowledge of reindeer, we laugh at it. I won’t feel any discomfort from this. Consequently, it is humorous 



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