I thought about it this morning. Being stupid is being comfortable with oneself. One has no doubts; one does not exert one’s intellect. One is not moved by anything as one does not apply one’s mind to it. Food is eaten and no thought is given to the next meal. The clothes worn by one are okay and sleep comes when one’s eyes are closed. There are fears as one has no demands and one is ready to face another day.
“To extract a tooth from a tiger’s mouth.” Meaning to be very daring and or to take unnecessary risks.
“Covering your ears while stealing a bell.” Meaning failing to think things through. Taking a rash action without applying logic. A foolish plan.
“It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens… that, whatever you say to them, they always purr.”
Being wise is also similar. One does not react. One is non-judgmental, one has no expectations and therefore no fears or doubts.
Sayings of the Mahatma
We are products of our thoughts. What we think we become.
Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions.
Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits, for they shall become your values.
Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.
Lewis Carroll, “If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing muscles of your mind, and then you’ll be so weak you won’t be able to believe the simplest true things.”
So, which is it, and how do we get there?
Take one step at a time.
Aim Hrim Klim
Photo by Yerlin Matu on Unsplash