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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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211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky Conversation of Our Generation

In Dostoevsky's Nasty Story, we follow the dreadful evening of a prideful bureaucrat. The story follows Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky, as he decides to crash his subordinate's wedding reception. His reason for doing so, whether he admits it or not, is his pride. And, that's what I want to discuss today: how elitism leads people to pride and a disdain for "common people." What is Elitism? Basically, elitism is the idea that a group of wealthy, powerful people deserve their wealth and power. Even if the elites are born into it, they still feel deserving. And, if they're deserving, then the common people they look down on did something to be undeserving. So, it turns out to create a sort of social, political, and financial caste system. The problem is, the self-proclaimed elites aren't always deserving of the praise they seek. So, it can go wrong for them. Humbling the Elites In the past, I've reviewed Dostoevsky's work, and discussed the neuroticism of his characters. Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky is no exception. Throughout this story, he has this inner dialogue where he'll be held up as a hero of the people. But, the story doesn't go the way he planned it. In the end, he is humbled terribly and it shows that the higher one holds himself up, the further he can fall. Pralinsky's elitist attitude blinded him from reality just as our elites are today. If you want to read it, you can find it for free here. For more book reviews and discussions like these, check out my library. For more on this, click here for the full episode and show notes to Elitism and Prideful Disdain. Subscribe to my podcast, wherever you listen, here>> — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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  2. 210. Political Action and the Call to "Do Something"
  3. 209. Breaking the Rules of Philosophy
  4. 208. Failures of Modernity and Rationality
  5. 207. Was Lincoln a Good President?
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