It may be politically incorrect to state this so publically, but we all know that in our daily aviation world there are some people that endanger all of our lives with their unwise actions. Sometimes “stupid” is a one-off dumb move (guilty as charged) but in other people, it seems to be an enduring character trait – and it does not necessarily imply a lack of intelligence. Perhaps we should add an “S” to the O-C-E-A-N personality paradigm?
Surprisingly, you would think that climbing the aviation ladder into the flight levels would distance a pilot from this phenomenon, but unfortunately, stupid is everywhere there are humans. Digging into this there is a researcher, Carlo M. Cipolla, who has cataloged the Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
Since time immemorial, a powerful dark force has hindered the growth of human welfare and happiness. It is more powerful than the Mafia or the military. It has global catastrophic effects and can be found anywhere from the world’s most powerful boardrooms to your local pub. This is the immensely powerful force of human stupidity.
I wish there was an identifying trait -“defense against the dark arts?”- but all I can advise is to keep your awareness tuned for subtle signs and AVOID these people for your safety.
Part of what inspired this is our new initiative with GA News reviewing all their accident reports. These occasionally read like the Darwin Awards. Watch for SAFE in the GA News accident section (and add your comments!)
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