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142. Don’t Attribute To Stupidity That Which Is Proven To Be Malice

Stupidity doesn’t explain everything. And, in our culture, it seems like too many sensible people deny evidence that points to malice in favor of the stupidity explanation.

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“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

Hanlon’s razor

I try to look at things in a charitable light and not assign motives. That said, eventually when evidence stacks up high enough, it’s time to admit that what may appear accidental wasn’t. And, to not allow people to simply ask questions, but insist that they’re conspiracy theorists if they do, is wrong. That’s why today we’re going to take a look at real conspiracies that are known world-wide as well as weird occurrences that you aren’t allowed to attribute malice to- or even ask about.

A few examples of verified conspiracies:

  • The 9/11 Attacks
  • Lincoln assassination
  • Crucifixion of Jesus

Now, there are often events that are attributed to stupidity before even being evaluated:

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163. Book Review | The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning by Confucius Conversation of Our Generation

I wanted to review the Doctrine of the Mean and the Analects because I think they are full of amazing wisdom. Confucius is, in my opinion, on par with some of the greatest Greek philosophers. Having now read more of Plato’s work, I would compare these works to something like the Symposium or Republic. The question-and-answer style is very engaging and I think makes for a good demonstration of how to discuss ideas. The Wisdom of The Analects This is a readable, short discourse on morality, propriety, and virtue. It is an incredibly insightful work that delves into a range of topics, each one focused on making people better. Also, it has a familiar form of discourse where Confucius’ students ask him questions and he answers. To those who’ve read works by Plato or the Gospels, these techniques will be familiar and, in my opinion, inviting. “The superior man is catholic, not partisan.” -Confucius Although Confucius is from China, his ideas are incredibly similar to what we find in western philosophy. Furthermore, I believe the ideas expressed give a unique perspective since they don’t come from the West. Despite the similarity, there are differences that come out of this work in comparison to one from Aristotle or Thomas Aquinas. But, there is tremendous wisdom in this for anyone who is seeking truth. Grab your copy of The Complete Confucius: The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning What is the Doctrine of the Mean? The mean is an idea that exists in both in the East and West, and has a number of expressions. Different expressions of the Doctrine of the Mean are due to the fact it’s hard to pin down exactly. Aristotle, Confucius, Lao Tzu, and others have sought to explain the mean. Basically, the mean boils down to how to act morally and ethically. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” Confucius Enjoy solving today’s problems with the wisdom of the past? Join the Conversation of Our Generation. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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