Hunting Our Perceived Faults

I have been hunting knowledge for many years now. I like to watch, observe and track. Knowledge is not an easy pray: it moves, shifts, even hides at times. One never knows where knowledge is hiding and so, I have gone on many unknown trails, sniffing around and listening. The hunt for knowledge happens all day long. Knowledge can be anywhere.

Wishing to hunt knowledge is not enough though. At the same time that a hunter of knowledge hunts for information, he/she has to also act impeccably. Thus, a hunter of knowledge has to hunt his/her own faults as well. Hunting our faults is not an easy task but it is a necessary one and one which must be taken seriously.

I remember perhaps over a decade ago, when I first picked-up Michael Moore’s book “Stupid White Men: And Other Excuses for the State of the Nation” (http://www.amazon.com/Stupid-White-Men-Excuses-Nation/dp/1597777285) and read the part about putting the toilet cover of the seat down in the washroom when we (men) are done … I was left speechless. Indeed, from my experience I realized that most men after using the toilet do not put the seat cover down. Why that is I am not exactly sure. I never cared to investigate (maybe I will now …).

What I did decide to do after reading Michael Moore’s thoughts and encouragement to behave like I actually had some manners, was to better that perceived fault of mine. Every time I entered a washroom, I thought: “Stupid White Men - Put the seat cover down when done, wash hands and leave”. I was hunting for that perceived fault of neglecting the proper way of using a toilet.

I did not count the days or months but it did not take long to get that habit under control. Now many years after that entire experience, it is just a simple habit to put the toilet seat cover down and wash my hands before leaving a washroom. I no longer have to think about “Stupid White Men” or Michael Moore.

Another perceived fault (which I am still working on) in terms of my own behavior is that I can often talk too much. Maybe it is the Latino blood, or maybe I have verbal diarrhea (excuse the language) sometimes – either way, I think it is best that I learn to shut-up more often. Thus, lately I pay a lot more attention to when, why and how I speak. I am hunting for that perceived fault of “speaking too much”. Without being cocky, I must say that this is slowly working-out.

At this point in my life, I am actually having fun with my perceived faults. I hunt for them and when I see them, I laugh! I remember the excitement of playing hide and seek as a kid and finding someone’s hiding spot. I get a similar excitement when I hunt down my faults and find them hiding. Success! And on I go hunting some more.

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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

White Wolf - This is a wonderful essay on a practice we should all embrace - becoming aware of our faults and working to lessen their hold in our life. That you can do this is sure sign of maturity and emotional stability.

Immature and emotionally unstable people don't think they have faults and seldom are willing to undertake any serious self-improvement efforts. Great use of "hunting" as a descriptive metaphor. Sharing. ~~~Theresa


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kathryn1000 4 years ago from London

This is very good and we all need to imitate you.Thank you


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CBartelmey 4 years ago from Colorado, United States

Again we have similar thought processes here. I have always likened this to competing against yourself. After I have done something I always analyze the result to see if there was any way I could have been faster, stronger, better. I think a lot of people worry about being better than the next person, but when you are constantly competing against yourself, and as you mention, hunting out your own faults, I think you elevate the game entirely.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment Mrs. Theresa. I appreciate your support and kind words.

I am also happy that the weather has cooled down a little in Atlanta. Thank the Gods! : )

All the best!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Kathryn,

I am not sure if immitating me would be good but perhaps in this instance, hunting one's own faults can most likely be beneficial. Each one of us has our own path to follow.

Thank You for stopping-by and leaving me a comment.

Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You as well for your insightful comment, Mrs. Bartelmey.

I never thought about this issue as competing against oneself but now that You presented this perspective to me, I must say that I rather like it! : )

Many thanks and all the best!


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jojo29 4 years ago from CA

Hey...thanks for dropping by on my page. Anyway, your hub has humor in it. I liked it. Womens' issue ever since is why man doesn't put the toilet cover down? Lol-- I don't really know.

You mentioned about Latino blood---talking too much. I have friends who are the same. However, I found it entertaining. Maybe because, I only talk when needed to. So I am more into listening...


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Jojo29,

listening is a skill. I only learned this about a year or so ago and since then, I am trying to work at it.

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment. I am happy You enjoyed the thoughts presented here.

Cheers!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Your reflections remained me an anecdote. Aristotle said after years of search for the truth I finally new that we cannot find the ultimate truth.

Our perception of life, living and the way things are always changes.

I enjoyed reading your soul searching essay.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment Mr. Vinaya.

You are indeed right (in my opinion), that our perception of life always changes but the Atma never changes. Thus, we should be able to find a practical moral ground, in order to be able to live in harmony, fluidity and love.

All the best!


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Spirit Whisperer 12 months ago from Isle of Man

I thoroughly enjoyed this article and the message of mindful living is indeed a very valuable one. I would however see a distinction between hunting for and correcting behaviour that does not promote personal growth and the hunt for character traits that negatively affect perception.

On another note I do not see why it is important to put down the toilet seat as that would surely encourage other men to wet it when they are too lazy to put it up before doing urinating. I would see lifting the toilet seat before urinating a better habit but then that is my perception. Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read this piece of writing and leave a comment, Spirit Whisperer.

To be honest, I like hunting. Hunting involves stalking (which is a great time for observation, thinking, planning, etc.), it involves patience, attention, awareness, etc. Correcting sounds much too easy, haha! (Life's not easy...lol).

Now, to toilet seats and washrooms, I must say that it was from You that I saw a post on a social media website once about how the toilet paper has to be installed/placed. I think the mention was that it has to be over the top and not under the top. Something about a Spider's possibility of hiding on it and us not seeing it if we pull it from the bottom. Anyway ... fun and games but what's the toilet seat for, if we don't put it down? Just rip it right off, or just don't buy one and save some money lol

Okay, this was fun as I wake up. Thanks again.

Cheers!

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