Stupidity is something all of us are way too good at. Distracted, we don’t see stop signs, other cars, or motorcycles. We rationalize so we can do what we’d like to do and call it good. The list goes on, and I’m probably among the worst. I’d reference some of my own examples, but I put them in “Doc’s Codicil” where I could comfortably call them fiction and humor. Much less embarrassing that way, and I can sell my history of bad ideas instead of giving them away.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theologian who was hung by the Nazis in 1945, noted that stupidity is more dangerous than evil. “Against stupidity we are defenseless; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgement simply need not be believed . . .”

That sounds all too familiar this year. Maybe we could avoid some of the most egregious examples of our own stupidity if we all questioned the ideas we hold, as well as those ideas that we disagree with.


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