DIKO Aglandjia municipal councillor Marinos Kleanthous has proposed that a ‘Stupidity Monument’ be erected in a central spot of the Nicosia suburb, it emerged on Friday.
In a letter to mayor Costas Kortas dated July 20 – the date coinciding with the anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion – Kleanthous proposed that “a monument and/or sculpture and/or plaque is placed in a central spot in Aglandjia”, bearing a saying by ancient Greek dramatist Menander – “the wise man does not make the same mistake twice”.
“The tragedies, the destruction, and the crimes against the nation, that have taken place in our country over the last few decades, are mostly down to oversights, incompetence, and – dare I say – stupidity of those in charge, as well as the public, who, although they could have averted disaster, failed to do so,” Kleanthous wrote.
According to Kleanthous, although the state “rushes to honour the victims following each disaster”, no due care is given to prevention, in order to avert such tragic events, which “arise mostly out of irresponsibility and… stupidity”.
“We need to be aware that most of what has been inflicted upon us comes from our own deficient perception of reality, irresponsible underestimation of risk, and the stupidity of some, who should have acted differently at the crucial time,” Kleanthous argued.
Asked to offer specific examples of such stupidity by local daily Phileleftheros, Kleanthous said “the facts speak for themselves”.
The proposal prompted some ridicule on social media, with one user posting that “we don’t need another Stupidity Monument – there is a giant one on Pentadaktylos” – presumably referring to the flag of the breakaway regime in Cyprus’ occupied north.
“Another Stupidity Monument? We already have two in parliament, clad in black,” the same user wrote – this time referring to nationalist party ELAM’s two deputies.