Reading a Sanskrit blogger today, of all places, I read of a work entitled “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity” by the economist Carlo Cipolla (1922-2000). In it, Cipolla humorously illustrates five basic laws of human stupidity.
When I read the five laws, I particularly liked the second law:
The probability that a certain person will be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
The reason I liked #2 is that it seems to have this natural corollary:
Everyone must assume that they themselves are a stupid person.
Now that is real wisdom!
- sanscrite cogitare, sanscrite loqui: A blog by Elisa Freschi — La Sapienza University of Rome
- The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity: the essay with funny pics
- About Carlo Cipolla (wiki)
- See my post on Compartmentalization for an analogy of law # 2.
- HT to Jayarava for the meeting place for Elisa and his post addressing an aspect of our stupidity — from a Buddhist’s world.