Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

When things go wrong, it can be tempting sometimes to think that people have deliberately caused the problem.

It’s the basis of conspiracy theories. We imagine that governments and faceless corporations have gone out of their way to mislead or damage us in some way. When in actual fact, pretty much everything bad that happens can be attributed to someone (or often more than one person) screwing up.

Inaction, bad decisions, and lack of thought or empathy for others are usually to blame for all of life’s ills.

People really aren’t out to get you. It’s worse than that. They don’t care about you at all!

Post title is a quote of Hanlon’s razor.


My name is Richard Bloomfield, and I have lived in Dublin since 2007. I grew up in the quiet market town of Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, went to university in Liverpool, and lived for 12 years in Edinburgh before moving to Ireland.

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