Quote Deathmatch: Hanlon’s Razor vs James Forrestal

In the blue corner, Hanlon’s Razor:

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Its variants are attributed to Napoleon and found in Goethe’s “Sorrows of Young Werther“.

In the red corner, weighing in 850 pounds, is a quote by James Forrestal, as reported by Joseph McCarthy:

consistency has never been a mark of stupidity. If they were merely stupid, they would occasionally make a mistake in our favor.

Now, I love alternative explanations, parallel theories, discrepancies and mismatches, and all kinds of so-called conspiracy theories, which turn out to be true over time. And it is with deepest regret that I have to face the context of this quote.

An alcoholic, psychopathic, witch-hunting Senator relays the words allegedly said to him by the psychopathic, control-freak Secretary of the Navy. In the year 1946. The US was the only real winner of the freshly-ended World War II. The only country with nuclear weapon. The owner of the world. These two guys were the power that ran the world.

My goodness, what ELSE did they want? What was LACKING in their lives, from their humble points of view? What PROJECTS were they dreaming about? I guess even Orwell couldn’t have imagined.

  1. If the evil “they” prevented Forrestal from bringing his plans to fruition, it means that the evil “they” deliberately acted in our, rank-and-file people’s interest, against Forrestal’s. Couple that with Matthew 12:26—”If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?”—and you will see that the quote is nonsense.
  2. If the evil “they” never prevented him from anything, then he was even sicker than I thought, which not only proves  Hanlon’s Razor, but also serves as an illustration of Dunning–Kruger effect.

All in all, I believe that Hanlon’s Razor is a cleaner, simpler, cheaper rule for the world to be built upon. Forrestal’s quote has “intellectual scheming” written all over it, and is a bloated, extravagant mess that the entire Universe must work to maintain. Only a human being can come up with such convoluted “solution”, and the world is, fortunately, not engineered by human beings.

2 comments to Quote Deathmatch: Hanlon’s Razor vs James Forrestal

  • “A lie ain’t a side of a story. It’s just a lie” – The Wire

  • “Only a human being can come up with such convoluted “solution”, and the world is, fortunately, not engineered by human beings.”

    But reality, and the projection of what is then perceived as reality, is engineered by human beings. Thus we have institutions that are wholly dysfunctional, grinding out a reality that is many times contrary to the original intent; manipulated by empty souls in an attempt of impossible fulfillment.

    Like Carlin said the earth is fine. It’s (some of) the people that are fu(!<ed

    Literally; put this in your pipe and smoke it….

    The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” — George Carlin

    When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.
    George Carlin

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