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Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity

  

Category:  Religion & Ethics

Via:  outis  •  one month ago  •  14 comments

By:   Sprouts

Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity



Dietrich Bonhoeffer argued that stupid people are more dangerous than evil ones.

This is because while we can protest against or fight evil people, against stupid ones we are defenseless — reasons fall on dead ears.

Bonhoeffer's famous text, which we slightly edited for this video, serves any free society as a warning of what can happen when certain people gain too much power.


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Dietrich Bonhoeffer died for our sins. We were cowards; he was not.

We continue to be cowards, refusing to recognize the evil that intends to destroy everything.

Ostriches.





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Outis
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1  seeder  Outis    one month ago

Please THINK before posting.

Thank you.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.1  cjcold  replied to  Outis @1    one month ago

What if one is both evil and stupid?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
2  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago

The age of the earth is 6,000 years old.

The earth is flat.

Keep your money in a saving account.

All three of these ideas are incredibly stupid, but not dangerous.

 
 
 
Outis
Freshman Principal
2.1  seeder  Outis  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2    one month ago

Bonhoeffer was hanged. That's dangerous.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
2.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Outis @2.1    one month ago

Was he hanged by evil?

 
 
 
Outis
Freshman Principal
2.1.2  seeder  Outis  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1.1    one month ago

By fascists. I think they're evil. Do you?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
2.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Outis @2.1.2    one month ago

Yes.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
2.1.4  cjcold  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1.3    one month ago

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Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
2.1.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @2.1.4    one month ago

Exactly, especially those that know little about fascism and even less about me.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.6  Texan1211  replied to  cjcold @2.1.4    one month ago

And those silly folks couldn't be more wrong!

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3  Sparty On    one month ago

I think Bonhoeffer was confusing stupidity with fear.

 
 
 
Outis
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3.1  seeder  Outis  replied to  Sparty On @3    one month ago

What leads you to think that?

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Outis @3.1    one month ago

The German people weren’t stupid.    At least not by my definition.    Far from it actually.   The Versailles treaty was stupid.    It served Germany up on a platter for Hitler (Fascism) with promises of prosperity in very dark, post WW-1 times.

Once established, Hitler used fear to subjugate the German people.    I don’t equate that with stupidity.    Many, many intelligent Germans feared that knock on their door.    And not just Jewish citizens.

 
 
 
GregTx
PhD Guide
4  GregTx    one month ago
 "only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes".

The words of a true believer....

 
 

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