On Stupidity and Genius


“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

– Albert Einstein

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6 thoughts on “On Stupidity and Genius

  1. Only two things are eternal: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.
    — Albert Einstein —

  2. It’s a textbook example of stupidity run amok – of rampant ignorance.
    I believe professor Henry Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade says something along similar lines to Colonel Vogel: “goose-stepping morons like yourself should try reading books instead of burning them!”

  3. OK. Not sure if you’re calling me an idiot here or the Nazis, but I think I get it. :P

    Don’t think the Nazis got as far as they did because they were stupid, though. It was all quite clever, really. I think it would be ignorant of us to reduce their ideology to “stupidity”.

    But I agree that if we want to make sure such a vile ideology, like fascism, never comes to power again, reading books and being informed is crucial.

  4. Of course I wouldn’t call you an moron :)
    Also, I completely agree with you: the way I phrased it, my comment looks like a crude simplification. I meant it as a satire on the ignorance that is a needed for some political prejudices and beliefs to flourish.

  5. Actually, in my opinion, history shows the Nazis to have been extremely stupid and ignorant. Their “success” can be compared to the broken shard of a glass bottle lying in dry grass that, thanks to its surroundings and the lucky slant of the sun’s rays, ignites a fire. They were an aberration conditional to their times. They destroyed their best minds in death camps; they killed their youths in unwinnable battles; they attacked unbeatable enemies they could have lived with while growing their “empire” bit by bit, and eventually they fell to a horrific defeat. They could have extended the kid glove to their conquered neighbours and won them over instead of brutalizing them. Most importantly, without the overt and covert help of the international banking elites and US corporations they would not have gotten to first base. They were certifiable morons, and I have subsequently met pseudo Neo Nazis who were exactly the same: ignorant of history; ignorant of current events and trends; ignorant of the basic psychological make-up of human beings. Any thinking individual knows that movements like Nazism are self-defeating and self-destructing. They are extreme examples of the bad predator, using what’s been built without adding to it and destroying everything it doesn’t understand or thinks opposes him.

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