…a stupid person causes damage to others while deriving no gain, or even possibly incurring losses. We invariably underestimate the number of stupid individuals in circulation as the probability that a certain person is stupid is independent of other characteristics or credentials (e.g., they can have a PhD or be president). We (the non-stupid) are vulnerable to the stupid and their actions as we find it difficult to imagine and understand — or to organize a rational defense against — an attack that lacks rational structure or predictable movements. Or, as Friedrich Schiller put it, against stupidity the gods themselves fight in vain.Professor Scott Galloway, “Big Tech Is Now a Shadow Government”
The problem with stupidity reigning supreme is that it’s so hard for us non-stupids to fathom that we’re rendered more or less defenceless to do anything about it. And then everybody suffers.
We need to figure out ways to root out self-inflicted stupidity long before it becomes a problem.
Better and cheaper access to education in important things such as critical thinking and civics might be an excellent place to start.