I cannot feel any empathy for stupid people (a philosophical rant suggested by a news)
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.
She thought "good people" would get to stay.
12 people like this
• 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!
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
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.