I cannot feel any empathy for stupid people (a philosophical rant suggested by a news)

@topffer (36664)
Singapore, Singapore
March 24, 2017 9:42pm CST
If there is a kind of people that I dislike, it is the stupid kind. An Italian author, Carlo Cipolla, wrote 30 years ago in English an useful little jewel that you will find easily online by googling its title : "The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity." There is only five laws, and I think he should have better started by the fifth to show the importance of his work : "A stupid person is the most dangerous kind of person". The author uses roundabout ways to explain this law. I will use another roundabout way than his, and I will quote for that an unquestionable source, at least for a Catholic, as it comes from a Doctor of the Church, Saint Thomas Aquinas. He wrote, circa 1270 in his Summa Theologiae (For those liking complete sources it is in I-IIae, quaestio 40, art. 6 in fine) : "Omnes stulti, et deliberatione non utentes, omnia tentant, et sunt bonae spei" that I will translate "All the stupids, and those who are not using their brain to think, are daring all, and are full of good hope." So true ! Stupids are never thinking that the consequences of their audacity can turn bad for them, and they dare everything, it is like this that you know that they are stupid, often too lately, because, if there is a label on canned boxes, it is not inscribed on their face that they are stupid, and difficult to believe for someone weighting the pros and cons before doing something that everybody does not act the same way. What makes also their identification difficult is, like the second basic law of human stupidity tells it, that "the probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic". Said otherwise, you can find them everywhere, among blue-collar workers like among Nobel laureates. I am writing those thoughts after having read an article of the American Huffington Post that I link : a woman from Indiana who married an undocumented Mexican immigrant agreed with the policy of Trump about immigration and voted for him. Consequence : her husband was intended to be deported yesterday. And now she says that "she thought 'good people' would get to stay". How stupid ! Repeating what Saint Thomas Aquinas taught to us, they dare all and are full of good hope... Time to tell you the third basic law of human stupidity as a casting out nines test to prove that this woman is stupid : "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." How can we have any empathy for these dangerous people ? It would be like being empathic for a terrorist or a serial killer. Not for me. Your thoughts welcomed.
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@JudyEv (141602)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Mar 17
It is very worrying that the stupid aren't just walking among us but they are having children too.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
25 Mar 17
I do not think that stupidity is a communicable disease. I am sorry for the children and the husband of this woman, but not for her.
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@JudyEv (141602)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Mar 17
@topffer You are right of course but sometimes the stupid ones pass on their ideas and ideology to their children.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
25 Mar 17
@JudyEv It is often true when it comes to racism and xenophobia. It should be the role of the school to permit to children to think by themselves and make their own opinion. Sadly Trumps attacks also public schools.
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@DaddyEvil (26317)
• Aurora, Missouri
26 Mar 17
OMG! Why would the idiots believe there would be an allowance made for "good people"? That is ridiculous! I believe people should have to pass an intelligence test before they are allowed to vote on anything, but especially for who the president will be! I can't wait for Trump to be impeached!
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
26 Mar 17
Because her "good hope" tell her that a bill would be voted for her husband. I do not think that he will be impeached, he will resign before.
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@DaddyEvil (26317)
• Aurora, Missouri
27 Mar 17
@topffer You are probably correct, Top! He will want to keep as much of the benefits as he can. Impeachment will cause the loss of almost all of those.
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• United States
4 Apr 17
@DaddyEvil @topffer I fear you are both being too optimistic. I don't think he will be impeached, and I cannot see him resigning, because he is too proud.
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@LadyDuck (188547)
• Switzerland
25 Mar 17
I fully agree and I cannot feel sympathy for people like this stupid woman. How could she vote from Trump? Where does she has put her brain the day she went out to vote? She knew he is a racist and he never denied his intention to deport Mexican, if knowing this you vote for him, do not complain now.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
25 Mar 17
Exactly. I can pity the husband and the children, but not her, and I will not raise a finger to help her in her stupid crusade. Does she think that they will vote a bill for her husband because she voted for Trump ?
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@LadyDuck (188547)
• Switzerland
25 Mar 17
@topffer This is ridiculous and it would be unfair as she cannot prove what she says anyway.
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@louievill (20366)
• Philippines
25 Mar 17
Sad to say it is very difficult or no cure for stupidity.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
25 Mar 17
I had a boss who was saying "You can fill ignorance, but stupidity is full filled."
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@louievill (20366)
• Philippines
25 Mar 17
@topffer true, because a stupid person no longer wants to learn or to listen to others, his brain is already full of what to him is right and correct
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@Shavkat (67163)
• Philippines
25 Mar 17
Sometimes people are starting to be dumb. I think they need brain booster.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
25 Mar 17
Journalists can write a km long article about her and the drama she lives, I will not raise a finger to help a person like this one whom is the artisan of her own drama. I am even tempted to clap hands, but it would be wicked. Perhaps I am.
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@Shavkat (67163)
• Philippines
25 Mar 17
@topffer I agree to that. It is so weird to do that.
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@DaddyEvil (26317)
• Aurora, Missouri
27 Mar 17
@topffer Top, if clapping for the woman's stupidity makes you wicked, then I am right there beside you! (I can be the Wicked DaddyEvil! LOL!)
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@Daljinder (22181)
• India
25 Mar 17
I will give you one reason: If you ever put the brains of stupid people for sale, they will bring in the highest price. Why? Because they have never been used" Unapologetically stolen from a movie!
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
25 Mar 17
You made me laugh. And what is even better is that they can put it for sale if they need some money, it can be removed without hurting them.
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@Freelanzer (9543)
• Canada
25 Mar 17
Hence the saying " God takes care of fools and children"
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
25 Mar 17
Yup, but only in heaven, he cannot probably cure them here : "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
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• United States
4 Apr 17
You are so naive, my dear Top. She voted for Trump not due to stupidity but rather because it costs a heck of a lot less for her husband to be deported than for her to have to pay for a divorce.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
6 Apr 17
Do you think that a divorce is less expensive in Mexico?
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• United States
7 Apr 17
@topffer If her husband is in Mexico, then she does not need a divorce ... he is already out of the picture. Also, it probably does cost less for a divorce in Mexico.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
7 Apr 17
@purplealabaster She is considering to live with him in Mexico. The cost of life is probably less expensive, and she will be able to do some savings for the divorce.
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• Pamplona, Spain
1 Apr 17
I am with you on that although I won´t really explain why as I would go ranting on and you might not get the gist of it as the source of it all is more than one theme. Hence I don´t want to bore anyone to tears. But one silly person in particular today is looking for points in them voting for him I should well imagine saying he would not condemn a certain event that has taken place in a certain Country. Everyone else has condemmed it except him. The explanation he gave was so stupid it was incredible. The second was a certain person who thinks he is very funny and he mentioned and joked about a very delicate subject that a lot of women unfortunately go through. Loss of a child. Its truly mind boggling for him to make joke about something like that as I have been through it myself and I can feel for the women in the audience who unwittingly went to listen to him. Like I said I don´t want to rant but those are two really silly people who I have thought of right now and they all happened today. Have a Good Night one and all and you too Tops.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
3 Apr 17
Sorry for this late comment, I have a connection problem since a few days (my ISP sends me somebody this afternoon) and I am very slow to type on a phone. This discussion was a rant that I wanted to start when I read about this woman. Some people are so stupid that we do not know if we need to laugh or to cry. It is a bit subjective I guess : we can be stupid for somebody else. Have a good day.
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• Pamplona, Spain
3 Apr 17
@topffer Alas I have just read something else that cannot be undone but its about the same thing. Hopè you manage to get online before that. Have a good day tops.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
3 Apr 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 It is back but with a ridiculous 2 Mb/s. The technician sent by the ISP comes this afternoon, I hope he will be able to fix it.
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@1hopefulman (34914)
• Canada
15 May 17
Do you think a stupid realizes that they are stupid?
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
16 May 17
It seems that this one does not realize it. I would be more empathic if she was realizing that she did a stupid move, error is human...
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@1hopefulman (34914)
• Canada
16 May 17
@topffer That is what I have observed that many people do not realize what they say or do.
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@much2say (40880)
• United States
19 Apr 17
Good people would get to stay ? Should stupid and ignorant people get to stay ?
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
22 Apr 17
She was expecting a special bill for her husband. She wants to follow him in Mexico now
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@much2say (40880)
• United States
26 Apr 17
@topffer I really don't know what she was thinking - or at least how she could have thought that . Perhaps for her sake it would be best for her to go and just fade away . . . .
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@JESSY3236 (7808)
• United States
16 May 17
I can "trump" that. I read an article yesterday about a family from New Jersey was going to Las Vegas for a birthday party. They brought the birthday cake on the plane!! How stupid is that? They were complaining that they were booted off the plane.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
16 May 17
Maybe there is not a good pastry chef in Las Vegas? Like a caretaker told me : "We know what we have, we don't know what we will find". The worst is that they do not understand why they were not allowed to take the plane. I remember a judgment where the judge wrote about something silly like this (I do not remember exactly what it was about) : "The law is not there to protect stupid people". Well said.
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@sol_cee (18436)
• Japan
5 Apr 17
At one point in time, we were all stupid.
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@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
6 Apr 17
Yes, we are certainly stupid if observed by someone else