Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Laws of Stupidity

Maybe not the exact ones I'd have written down, but here you go:

1. Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation (agreed)
2. The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person (absolutely)
3. 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. (Okay, not sure I agree here. I'd say a stupid person is someone who acts with absolute disregard for a) other people and/or b) the future. And by future I mean anything longer than five minutes from now)
4. Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. (The triumph of hope over experience)
5. A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person. (Totally correct: the inconsistency and randomness of stupid people are what make them so destructive.) 

1 comment:

Diane Vollrath said...

Can one break the law of stupidity if one is stupid? And what is the punishment for breaking that law?

A problem is that too many people abide by the "laws of stupidity" and therefore feel "good" about themselves.

Which just proves that they are stupid, I guess.