Bonhoeffer on Stupidity
“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force.”
“Against stupidity we are defenseless; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed, and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. For that reason, greater caution is called for when dealing with a stupid person than with a malicious one.”
“It seems obvious that stupidity is less a psychological than a sociological problem. It is a particular form of the impact of historical circumstances on human beings, a psychological concomitant of certain external conditions.”
“The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he speaks on behalf of an empowered group. In conversation with him, one feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans and catchwords that have taken possession of him.”
“The stupid man is under a spell…[And] having become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil.”
“The Bible’s words that the ‘fear of the Lord God is the beginning of wisdom’ teaches us that a person’s inward liberation from foolishness and decision to live responsibly and intelligently before God is the only real cure to stupidity.”
Bonhoeffer, “After Ten Years”, Letters and Papers from Prison
I am ceaselessly astounded to be living in an hour when this is happening:
…while the people who totally believe this utter rubbish can simultaneously watch a dimestore antichrist violently assault protesters and drive worshippers out of a sanctuary for the sake of a photo op of him holding a Bible he does not read in front of a church he does not attend and sigh
The sheer and utter Black is White/Freedom is Slavery/Oceania Has Always Been at War with Eurasia inversion of truth would be hilarious if it were not so tragic. All I can think of is this:
The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Th 2:9–12).
Conservative white American MAGA cultists have forgotten that the warnings of Scripture are directed first of all to them, not to Those Damn Libruls Over There and related bogeymen. That’s because judgment starts with the House of God, not with whoever Christians point their fingers at to deflect from their sins.
The Abp of DC has condemned this evil charade.
The people of God listen to the voice of their Shepherd, not to this obvious Wolf setting himself up in the Holy Place for a photo op.