Friday, November 5, 2010
How clever is a fool?
That is a tough question.
I would have to say: not very.
Cleverness is not a thing that fools have a lot of.
They have other things, but not that.
People often think of fools as:
naive, innocent, slow, dim, oafish, even stupid.
Is a fool any, or all, of these things?
No! He is not!
Those people are Normal!
No, the fool is without guile, without agenda,
without assumption, or expectation.
The fool hears what you say, not what he thinks you mean.
The fool answers honestly, and without malice.
The fool says what he means; not what he thinks you want to hear.
He sees you as you are, not as how you wish to appear.
The fool knows altogether too much about you.
That is why many people do not suffer fools gladly.
But the fool is still a fool: simply not very clever.
And people often ridicule this, or see the fool as inferior.
But the fool knows his place.
He does not try to appear to be something he is not.
He has a hard enough time just being what he is.
Just a fool.
Take this into account, when you deal with a fool.
You are dealing with something you can not possibly understand.
If you could, you would be a fool, too.
And probably, you would not want that.