You know, I feel the same way. I had the same thoughts about some good people I know too. The only thing that I can say about them is they weren’t the people we thought they were. The mask has fallen off, and the real them have been revealed. They are not intelligent at all. The people we thought we knew are stupid, and we gave them too much credit apparently. I guess at the end of the day, we should be thankful for the covers to be lifted to expose all of the stupid people walking among us putting us all in danger (including themselves).
It seems the entire world is turmoil. Cronyism and cruel totalitarian leaders are tricking the masses very easily it seems. They all seem to be leading us into darkness, despair, poverty and war. There are very few places not impacted by this mayhem. I don’t any of us can out run it. I think we are going to have to adapt to this cruel new world, because we all have underestimated our “intelligent” friends. Intelligence is overrated. Stupidity is under-diagnosed.
According to Cipolla’s Laws of Stupidity…
- Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
- The probability that a certain person (will) be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
- 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.
- 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.
- A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.
We are living among dangerous people, and we can’t trust them. I’m so sorry the heart of your friend has been revealed. The best thing you can do is prepare your children and grandchildren for the cruel future, and how to recognize stupid people by what they say (as well as what they don’t say). Thanks for reading.