I love this article. It also help explains what has happened in our politics.In my opinion, the stupid people have convinced the helpless people that the intelligent people are the bandits and must be punished.The first basic law of human stupidity asserts without ambiguity that:Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation. Second Basic Law which states thatThe probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person. The Third Basic Law assumes, although it does not state it explicitly,That human beings fall into four basic categories: the helpless, the intelligent, the bandit and the stupid. It will be easily recognized by the perspicacious reader that these four categories correspond to the four areas I, H, S, B, of the basic graph (see below). 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. THE FOURTH BASIC LAWThat helpless people, namely those who in our accounting system fall into the H area, do not normally recognize how dangerous stupid people are, is not at all surprising. Their failure is just another expression of their helplessness. The truly amazing fact, however, is that also intelligent people and bandits often fail to recognize the power to damage inherent in stupidity.Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake. THE FIFTH BASIC LAWInstead of considering the welfare of the individual let us consider the welfare of the society, regarded in this context as the algebraic sum of the individual conditions. A full understanding of the Fifth Basic Law is essential to the analysis. It may be parenthetically added here that of the Five Basic Laws, the Fifth is certainly the best known and its corollary is quoted very frequently. The Fifth Basic Law states that:A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.The corollary of the Law is that:A stupid person is more dangerous than a bandit. http://web.archive.org/web/20060424064936/http://mentalsoup....
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