At a certain point, feigned incompetence and active malevolence become indistinguishable from each other.

It’s now. The point is now. We’re living in it.

@lilithsaintcrow I submit this corollary: a pattern of apparent incompetence is proof of active malevolence. Compare to Goldfinger's Rule about enemy action.

@librarian Certainly the older I get, the more I respond to a pattern of incompetence as if it’s active malevolence. It seems to be the treatment that gets the most results—and is easier on my nerves, because I am already girt for battle, so to speak.

@lilithsaintcrow Seems proper. Also seems like too many focus on the various excuses for each instance of incompetence as if isolated, and miss the pattern connecting them. The danger, I suppose, is apophenia. But, as Buck Henry's script for Catch-22 says, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.."

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