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I’ve always admired Albert Einstein, but not just for his development of special and general relativity.
Sure, those are pretty nifty theories and make for fun reading when nothing is on TV, but what I really like about Albie was how easily he was able to summarize important social issues.
His assessment of intelligence said it all: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
Long before Albie’s observation, Dante Alighieri (‘Devil Boy’ to his friends) had compartmentalized life into tidy little tiers called the nine circles of human stupidity.
We dare not descend to the lowest depths and so I’ll limit this discussion to just five or six circles.
As we venture into the first circle, we survey your average abyss of common sense, people who seem to think that thinking is a bad thing.
You know, like women who don’t go swimming while pregnant because they don’t want the baby to drown.
Stoners who call the police to report that someone stole their illegal drugs.
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