The blind leading the blind

Used to describe a situation where a person who knows nothing is getting advice and help from another person who knows almost nothing.

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary
De parabel der blinden

The parable of the blind: one blind person following another by touch with his stick and everyone ending up in the ditch.

The Parable of the Blind is a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, created around 1568

Pieter Bruegel’s 1568 oil painting, often called The Parable of the Blind, is what appears to be
a literal depiction of a line of blind people following each other and stumbling into a ditch, as forecast in Matthew 15:14.

 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.
And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

In these words of Jesus, we see the guilt of those who are blind leaders of the blind.
We also see the responsibility of followers to make sure their leaders are not blind.
Uninformed and incompetent people leading others who are similarly incapable.


Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind.

Volharden in onwetendheid, denkend wijs en geleerd, zoals gekken doelloos naar hier en daar, zoals de blinde de blinde leidt.

Three examples

Liam Allan
Diederik Stapel
Robert Jones
A rape prosecution against Liam Allan collapsed after vital evidence was revealed at the last minute

Liam Allan, a 22-year-old criminology student, falsely accused, impossible to put into words.

2 Short table of contents
  1. Part 1:

    Liam Allan: the perfect metaphor for the content in the bundle on paper.
    It’s just sheer incompetence according to the prosecuting barrister Jerry Hayes.

    Het is gewoon pure onkunde (onvermogen, onzin).
    C’est juste de l’incompétence pure et simple.

  2. Part 2:

    Diederik Stapel op de 6e plaats op de wereldranglijst voor wetenschapsfraude: compleet verzonnen onderzoek
    werd jarenlang prominent gepubliceerd o.a. in Science en hij kreeg een wereldvermaard podium!

    Diederik Stapel in 6th place on the world ranking for science fraud: completely fabricated research
    was prominently published for years, e.g. in Science, and he was given a world-famous podium!

  3. Part 3:
    Robert Jones wrongfully convicted.
    The whole story in a 5 minutes BBC video 2. 

Robert Jones: one of the worst racially inspired miscarriages of justitice

Robert Jones: one of the worst racially inspired miscarriages of justice ever


Liam Allan 

Diederik Stapel
Robert Jones

Three things that could not happen but became reality. 

One would imagine such a thing cannot happen until it becomes reality anyway.
Four curious examples:

 1 British Airways took off from London City Airport and landed in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf
   Please enjoy the video:    Wrong destination    
 2 F-16 pilot died due to faulty ejection seat.
 3 Slovenian family discovers after cremation that their father is alive after all.
 4 Simon Cowell & BGT Epically Pranked By Rapping Rabbi.

What could not happen and yet became reality is further made clear on the following web pages Wrongfully Imprisoned:
Micheal Morton

1 Drunk Baby Prank

17 okt. 2016

What kind of mother would pour pure rum in her baby’s bottle? The same kind of mom who loves to prank people 😉 
We’re telling you, it is a pretty good trick to make your lovely baby go to sleep in a matter of seconds.

Please enjoy the video’s and televisie broadcastings fullscreen

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