I met a rather, very interesting person on Facebook recently. We spent ample time chatting and calling each other and as wise people we pretended to like each other. Sad to say, our friendship lasted only a month, we are not in talking terms anymore.
Everyone want people to believe they are wise. I decided to do the opposite by being the most foolish person in my scene. I am tired of behaving and acting like a wise person, when I am not. Today, my new past time is to unlearn all the things I thought I know that is making me act under the illusion of being wise. I must say it is a herculean task to learn to be the most foolish person around at any given them and place.
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The other day I visited one of the largest shopping mall in the city of Port Harcourt and I saw a lot of wise, happy and rich shoppers pushing carts full of groceries and expensive goods. I stood transfixed like a moron watching them. Some speaking through their noses like Europeans while others walking with the gait of the wisest and knowledgable people. Others are driving the latest state of the art automobiles. Tired of watching and observing all these wise people taking selfies, I entered the cosy and serene mall bustling with happy shoppers. I seemed to be the only person not happy as though I am carrying the burden of the world on my head. I guess foolish people don’t need to wear an expression of happiness on the sleeves of their shirt, or at least so I thought. I may be wrong though. Inside the mall happy Shoppers were riding the escalator to the first floor, not sure of myself I approached a guide and asked to be taught how to ride on it. He told me it was easy provided I don’t step on the yellow line. summoning courage I stepped on the escalator with other happy and wise people. Moving around Mall window shopping for a while, I suddenly got tired and decided to exit the Mall taking the staircase down, not wanting to try my luck a second time by riding the escalator. Outside, I decided to take a walk to have time to reminiscence on the experience in the Mall. After walking for a while I flagged down a taxi. Inside the taxi the driver was spitting venom as he and the other passengers were reigning abuses on the Government for sending the Army to kill, according to them harmless and innocent people of a particular region. Being a foolish person and since foolish people don’t have any meaningful contribution to make where wise people are talking. I closed my eyes and revel in my new-found foolishness.
Another time, I went to a bank to carry out a transaction for a Company I work for. Inside, a wise and rich man who was transacting with a huge wads of Pound Sterling, was talking the loudest in the banking hall. To my utmost surprise he didn’t care if he was disturbing the peace of the bank. He was wise, cocky and a braggart. And it seems he wanted everyone who cares to know, to believe he was wise and rich. I finished my business and left quietly. On the adjoining road nearby, two wise Policemen were trying to fleece a gentleman out of his money for breaking an allege traffic law.
Where are all these leading to? I dare say I don’t know.
I thought since everyone except me are wise, rich and happy, there’s suppose to be peace in the world. Wise people are supposed to love their neighbours. Why then are there wars, strives and hatred everywhere?
May be there’s something about foolishness which people need to learn and which I have to learn since becoming the most foolish person in my scene. These are the 5 lessons I learned so far.
A) Foolish People Put Others First and are Unselfish: If the world is full of wise and rich people and yet there are so much hatred and terrorism, then foolish people have a thing or two to teach us. Foolish people help one another and make the world a better place for us all. At least, only the wise have the right formulas to make improvise explosive devices IEDs used by terrorist. Foolish people know the value of wealth and uses it to help humanity. Every year Bill and Melinda Gates, two individuals who do not have the characteristics of all the wise people mentioned above, spent billions of dollars in different causes around the world.
B) Foolish People have Humility and are Humble: Most people like to brandish their wealth and talk too much showing what little knowledge they have. A case of empty vessels make the greatest noise. I learned by becoming the most foolish person in my scene that you have many advantage over the most wise people as you learn to see and listen to small details around you. While everyone are busy trying to be heard. Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire and owner of Social networking site Facebook is probably a foolish person. He’s humble and put on just a T-shirt and Jeans all year round, and ride a bicycle to and from work. Yet, millions of wise people on Facebook spend an ample amount of time on Facebook posting selfies and trying to out do each other by posting their fake lives on Facebook. You see why I must be the most foolish person to be like Zuckerberg?
C) Being Foolish Taught me Forgiveness: The world is what it is today because people even though they are more religious and wiser refuse to learn the virtue of forgiveness. Wise North Korea developing nuclear war head can’t seem to forgive the Americans and their neighbours the South Koreans, for whatever reason I can’t fathom. Donald Trump, a wise man can’t seem to forgive peaceful and hardworking immigrants who have contributed to make the United States the greatest country in decades. All the wars happening now are happening because the parties who are wise in their ways simply refuse to see and learn the wisdom in forgiveness.
D) Being Foolish Taught me Contentment: Conned men, Politicians and even Clergymen are all-wise people, that’s why corruption is the other of the day. Greed is the root causes of corruption. Corruption is the cause of suffering today. Unfortunately, it takes a foolish man to be contented. That’s why any person who has ever held an elective position and return poorer after his / her tenure is regarded as a foolish person by his / her kinsmen. And people want others to see them as wise men, so they must do everything by hook or crook to become rich. Warren Buffet, even though he is the 3rd richest person in the world still drives the same old car he bought in 1957 and live in the same modest house he bought when he was working his way up in Omaha.
E) Being Foolish Taught me not To Take Short cut: History is repleted with stories of wise people who are cooling off in jail for trying to shortcut the system. Foolish people know that in other to compete in the world of wise people you have to work your arse off to get to the top of the ladder of success. Honesty is still the best policy anyway. Perhaps, this quote from Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball player will help us know the value of working smart to achieving success and not shortcutting the system. Michael Jordan gave this advice succinctly to those who think they can take shortcut in life
He said ” be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to short cut the game, the games will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game and in some ways about life too”.