Dad had an 8th Grade formal education and was one of the most intelligent men I have ever known.
He was from an era of the strong, silent type — and, when teased about being so quiet, he frequently said, “I learn more by listening.”
Today, listening seems to be a lost art form — and, we have several generations of fools.
Well, yes, that is blunt. Lest I be accused of being judgemental, let me rephrase — because, People have the God-given right to be the unique creations they are. Their behavior, though, is open to analysis. In other words, “I will not judge the People — yet, I can evaluate their Behaviors.”
Test For Foolishness
To test anyone for foolishness, just tell them a Story — it doesn’t matter the subject. Share with them something about which you are passionate. And — see how often you are interrupted.
I’ll bet good money you will get interrupted 9 times out of 10 — because, People do not have the willpower to keep their Ego, Expectations, and Emotions under control.
Yes — it is important that we boldly approach our day.
No — it is not right to think the world revolves around us.
The People interrupting our good Stories will always have (in their mind) a better Story than ours — they are a Legend in their own Minds.
Talk too slow, and People will try to finish your sentences.
Talk too fast, and People will look for other entertainment.
You see — those People have (in their mind) better things to do than listen to you share a Chapter from your Life. They expect you to fawn over them.
Give too much to some People — they think you’re trying to manipulate.
Withhold your commentary and good advice — People will call you God.
Immature individuals are just like Toddlers — they whine, they pout, they cry, they throw things, they yell, and they make the ugliest faces — oh, and, when we laugh at their antics, they EXPLODE.
Test For Intelligence
When I asked Dad why he didn’t talk more, this was his reply, “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.”
My frustration with that quote is — Dad was very wise. In fact, he had accumulated much Knowledge. Every day he applied – what he knew – to gain an Understanding of many things and People. The progression of Knowledge into Understanding resulted in a Wisdom unsurpassed by the educated idiots of our day.
Yes — I include myself in that category of People who wanted to be known by their credentials: CPA, CITP, CGMA and all kinds of other Certified somethings.
That was yesterday. Now, I simply want to be measured by the Value that I contribute to the Whole Wide World.
I’ll — happily — let you be the judge of that.