Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity


Oct 15, 2021

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s argues that stupid people are more dangerous than evil ones. This is because while we can protest against or fight evil people, against stupid ones we are defenseless — reasons fall on death ears. Bonhoeffer’s famous text, which we slightly edited for this video, serves any free society as a warning of what can happen when certain people gain too much power.

4 thoughts on “Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity

  1. According to this video., and what I have seen with my own eyes, there is an abundance of work to be done.
    I was in a local business yesterday that had been closed down for three days due to one of their employees having “ covid “ now they are back open and that employee is out of the hospital and back at work. I spoke with that masked individual and a couple of others briefly about the facts and how easily discovered they could be with a little research … remdesiver … faucci… patents given on the jab back in 2015 and rewards of over a million dollars for any proof of it’s existence…payments to medical facilities for pushing the agenda and the like.
    This individual swore against the jab but would not be budged on any other facts. I then noticed some true irony in my presence as I observed a wooden plaque on the wall behind them that read “can’t fix stupid “ and that is when reality for me, once again, sat in and I made my exit.

    Thanks Mary

  2. Thanks, Mary. These two points really struck me:

    “The stupid person becomes dangerous.”


    “Stupidity is in essence not an intellectual defect but a moral one.”

    It made me think of all those who comply. Too long they’ve been off the hook, judged by many as simply being stupid. Here Bonhoeffer makes it about their moral compass and it’s a relief to hear that. Complying with evil is morally wrong no matter what level of understanding a person has. But I bet many would not agree with this and would instead attribute it to mere stupidity. Good premise for philosophical argument.


    1. yw
      “against stupidity we are defenseless”
      ‘In conversation with him (the stupid person) one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with a person but with slogans, catch words and the like that have taken possession of him.”

      “The stupid person will also be capable of any evil, incapable of seeing that it is evil.”

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