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Bonhoeffer’s Theory of Stupidity Explains The World Perfectly

Bonhoeffer’s Theory of Stupidity Explains The World Perfectly

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DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than evil.”

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“The power of the one needs the stupidity of the other. The process at work here is not that particular human capacities, for instance, the intellect, suddenly atrophy or fail. Instead, it seems that under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence, and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances. The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent.

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“In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with a person, but with slogans, catchwords and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil.”

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“It is a particular form of the impact of historical circumstances on human beings, a psychological concomitant of certain external conditions. Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or of a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity.”

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DAVID MRANEY

“When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger.”

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ERICH FROMM IN “THE ANATOMY OF HUMAN DESTRUCTIVENESS”

“The sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. The whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology. The result is that the average individual does not experience the separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those who suffer from the same deformation; in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated in the insane society.”

ERICH FROMM IN “THE ANATOMY OF HUMAN DESTRUCTIVENESS”

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NEAL STEPHENSON IN “FALL OR, DODGE IN HELL”

“The mass of people are so stupid, so gullible, because they want to be misled. There’s no way to make them not want it. You have to work with the human race as it exists, with all of its flaws. Getting them to see reason is a fool’s errand.”

NEAL STEPHENSON IN “FALL OR, DODGE IN HELL”

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DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

“But these thoughts about stupidity also offer consolation in that they utterly forbid us to consider the majority of people to be stupid in every circumstance. It really will depend on whether those in power expect more from people’s stupidity than from their inner independence and wisdom.”

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FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

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