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Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity

Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity

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Bonhoeffer proposes his theory

During the darkest time in German history, incited mobs threw stones into the windows of innocent shop owners and women and children were cruelly humiliated.

A young German Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer began to publicly speak against the atrocities. After years of trying to change pe...

Bonhoeffer argued in his famous letters from prison that stupidity is more dangerous than malice because one may protest against evil, and it can be exposed and prevented by the use of force. But we are defenceless against stupidity. Protests or force can do nothing, and reasons ...

To get the better of stupidity, we must try to understand its nature. 

Stupidity is not an intellectual defect but a moral one. There are many intellectual people who are stupid and many intellectually dull people who are not stupid.

Stupidity is not a congenital defe...

The stupid person is not independent

Individuals that are in groups manifest this defect of stupidity more often than people who live in solitude.

Every strong upsurge of power infects people with stupidity. It seems that when there is a rise in power, humans are deprived of their inner independence and give up an autonomous p...

When conversing with a stupid person, you will notice that you are not dealing with him as a person but with slogans and catchwords that have blinded him. He is under a spell, misused, and abused in his being. 

Having become a mindless tool, the stupid person is capable of any evil and inca...

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.

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