Those malicious mo-fos aren’t evil, they are just stupid

November 23, 2022 00:21:59
Those malicious mo-fos aren’t evil, they are just stupid
Dogs Are Smarter Than People: Writing Life, Marriage and Motivation
Those malicious mo-fos aren’t evil, they are just stupid

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Carrie Jones Shaun Farrar

Show Notes

Over on Medium, Michael Lin has a post of short tidbits that he’s learned from reading 100 self-development books.

That’s a lot of books.

And it’s a lot of two-three sentence tidbits that he has, but one of them leapt out at met his week.

And it’s this:

“Don’t attribute to malice what can be attributed to stupidity. Most of the world is not trying to fuck you over. Most of the world can do stupid things though, especially me.”


You might expect everyone to throw you into the dog pound or the UPS man to come steal your bacon, but it's just fear. Not reality.



The music we’ve clipped and shortened in this podcast is awesome and is made available through the Creative Commons License. 

Here’s a link to that and the artist’s website. Who is this artist and what is this song?  It’s “Summer Spliff” by Broke For Free.


AND we have a writing tips podcast called WRITE BETTER NOW!

We have a podcast, LOVING THE STRANGE, which we stream live on Carrie’s Facebook and Twitter and YouTube on Fridays. Her Facebook and Twitter handles are all carriejonesbooks or carriejonesbook. But she also has extra cool content focused on writing tips here.

Carrie is reading one of her poems every week on CARRIE DOES POEMS. And there you go! Whew! That's a lot!

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