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Stupid and Diligent People Is the Worst Kind?

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I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Most often two of these qualities come together. The officers who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Those who are stupid and lazy make up around 90% of every army in the world, and they can be used for routine work. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord

Apparently, this quote came from The German Art of War. Interesting.

A little read on Hammerstein-Equord’s profile says he is an ardent opponent of Adolf Hitler. Interesting.

And I was wondering if this quote has any use in designing business organizations. Interesting.

So I spent 5 minutes reflecting on this quote on why stupid and industrious people is a menace and must be removed immediately. It was pretty counter-intuitive at first, but finally I understand his point. The reasoning is simple – think about it, if this person is already stupid, but yet he still works hard and determined to implement stupid ideas and executing stupid actions, think of all the damage that could be done compared to non-action from stupid and lazy people instead. Stupid and Hardworking people are the kind of people who would most likely drain all the resources and deviate people from efficiency.

How about from societal point of view? Think of stupid organizations who are hardcore in promoting stupid beliefs .. like extreme feminist movements, saving-the-planet-Earth movements (well according to G. Carlin that is), ideology of corrupted politicians, etc. But arguably the most damaging stupid beliefs of all – Creationists who believe God created everything on Earth by magic and miracle… and believing million years old dinosaurs co-existed with human being at one point during history. And the fact that this ignorant belief is spread to hundred of millions people in the world is beyond absurdity. That’s because behind every popular stupid beliefs, there will be a group of people who are super hardcore in promoting it.  Stupid and lazy people who make up 90% of the population would be easily swayed by stupid but convincing beliefs.

Stupid ideas attract stupid minds.

Thanks, Hammerstein-Equord for the little insight.

Thanks Elizier, for pointing the quote.


Written by elan85

December 24, 2008 at 12:25 am

Posted in Philosophy

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