The Kind of World Wisdom you won’t Get from Dollar Shave Club

Hanlon’s Razor states that we should not attribute to malice that which is more easily explained by stupidity.

Both Brilliant and Catchy – I like it.

Though, realistically, the “Stupidity” is likely in place to make it more biting and memorable.   As we all know, “stupidity” is quite subjective.

To me, Hanlon’s Razor is perfect for our time.  In a complex world, using this model helps us avoid paranoia and ideology. By not generally assuming that bad results are the fault of a bad actor, we look for options instead of missing opportunities. This model reminds us that people do make mistakes.

It demands that we ask if there is another reasonable explanation for the events that have occurred. The explanation most likely to be right is the one that contains the least amount of intent.

So please – before assuming another did or said something from bad intent, give Old Hanlon some thought please.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”    ~ Plato? Philo of Alexandria? Ian MacLaren? John Watson? (unclear)