A Quick Study of Fools
Just in Case That You Missed
the class in high school or college which dealt with “fools,” do not fret. You can this piece and hopefully gain a bit of wisdom mixed with compassion about what (a) fool really is, and what a fool is not. But be aware that I am NOT a licensed therapist or clinical psychiatrist, so do not take my thoughts as being sound medicine.
Over the course of my life, I have often heard, “Kenny, you fool!,” “Fool! Can you not do anything right?” and this one: “If you had a dollar for your mistakes, you would be a rich fool.” Now. How would you like to hear phrases such as this---but in the early 1950s, when I was young, I never did any serious thinking about what these words really meant. I did begin to have this small feeling in my spirit that I named “Resentment,” toward these vicious people who called me a fool, then laughed at me. (I would try to put into the honest words that I felt, but HubPages would flag my hub, and that is not worth the effort).
It’s serious, the naming those around us as a fool. Sure, there are people who are still ignorant about how much damage these tongues can cause due their jesting about fool and foolishness. There is a big difference. But when I was ever called a fool, the person calling me this derogatory term would use anger to go with the insult, that is just wrong I do not care who it is.
I Admit This Confession
that not everyone who “acts a fool,” can be considered a fool. Looks and appearances can be very deceptive. Consider for a moment, the artwork in his hub about a jester dressed in his jester wardrobe equipped with bells on his hat—just what if that (this) person who “looks” like a jester in fact is NOT a jester, but just looking to make a few shekels?
And just because a person causes us to laugh, that cannot be defined as a fool. What makes us the fool is that when comedians start blasting others who cannot help themselves and the crowd goes wild in laughter. Sometimes a person or persons can laugh right along the fool on stage. My point: if a person wants to be successful comedian, that he/she resorts to using the misfortune of others just to get a laugh, this offends me. Not that I am any holier than these comedians, but sometimes a line has to be drawn as to signal enough is enough.
In a few seconds, I will try to share some items about fools and foolishness that you might find valuable . . . .
How to Know for Sure if You are a Fool:
- When watching super-heros on TV, you think that you can jump off your house and fly.
- If you see a man and woman having an argument, you take the man’s side.
- When you see a dog and by all indications, it is mad, do not try to pick it up.
- The same can be applied if you run into a poisonous snake in the woods.
- You brag and tell people that if you lay on the railroad tracks, you will be okay.
- You also brag about you catching a bullet with your bare hands.
- If you get a job in the circus as a tightrope walker and you insist on not having a net.
- Breathing under water.
- Jump wide-open into a pro football game before teams have go off a play.
- In the same pro football game, you find the coach of one team tell him what a loser he is.
- You bet people over $5,000.00 that you let a pro baseball pitcher hit you and not flinch.
- You break into Parris Island, S.C., (USMC Training) and yell “Go Communists!”
- On an airliner, you announce that you want to jump without a parachute.
- You move to Los Angeles and tell your friends that you can walk inside a turnpike.
- Join the circus again, then rub steak on your body, then try to tame the lions and tigers.
- Tell your wife that you love cheating on her and expect a steak dinner to celebrate.
- Tell your girlfriend that YOU cheat on her, then propose marriage.
These are only a few signs that you know for sure whether or not if you are a fool. I have used only the edited items—the severely-edited versions.
The Short List of Fool-Related Items
- I’m a fool about that girl over there.
- I’m a fool about jumbo shrimp.
- I hate the boss because he always makes a fool out of me.
- Oh, that’s foolishness. Just let it slide off your back.
- There is way too much foolishness in this company.
- Hey! I see a truckload of fool’s gold.
- Happy April Fools Day!
- Even God told a man who stocked-up his goods and built bigger barns, thou fool!
- The Beatles’ song, “Fool on The Hill.”
I suppose that my lecture is finished. In closing, don’t be a fool and skip this hub.
May 9, 2019__________________________________________
© 2019 Kenneth Avery