Thursday, March 22, 2007

Day 47: Laws that rule the Universe: Hanlon's razor

Finally, the one I believe summarizes and gives a perfect corollary to any serious reflexion on the Universe.

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explainded by stupidity"


"Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice."

Wikipedia says that "According to Joseph Bigler, the quote first came from a certain Robert J. Hanlon as a submission for a book compilation of various jokes related to Murphy's law published in 1980 entitled Murphy's Law Book Two, More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong."

The importance of the theory can be understood if we consider that it has been stated by different men, in different countries, at totally different times! For instance:

My favorite version is the one from Albert Einstein: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

In Mexico, we say "we don't fear morons because they are morons, but because they are way too many to be defeated".

And the oldest seems to be said by Napoleon Bonaparte: "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."

All of them explaining brilliantly and simply why all the good, hard-working, well-meaning people in the world face so much trouble in succeding at almost anything. It's just about numbers: we are totally surrounded and outnumbered by stupids!! There's no army nor endurance that can beat that.

Therefore, next time you feel like killing your 'nice' co-workers for their mean behavior, your boss for yelling at you about a triviality or your assistant forgetting to inform you of an appointment, try to forgive them, because they don't know what they're doing. They are tooooo stupid!!

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