You Fool! Five Ways of Being One!
This is about Relationships
Do not get all offended. Be cool.
Remember that song with the chorus Everybody plays the fool? Listen to it! it was originally performed by the singing group Main Ingredient, but it is not the type of fool that I am talking about.
Main Ingredient sang that song about love-sick fools. Everybody plays the fool sometimes--I ain't writing about playin' a fool. I am writing about BEING a fool--actual fool! I am writing about people who are deficient in judgement.
Now that we are clear, answer the question honestly.
Fool - Jester
Five Ways of Foolishness
Now that the question has been considered, I will explain.
It is not that I want to present myself in a negative light. So, take what I am writing as an example of one aspect of my personality when I reveal that yes, I have played the fool and BEEN the fool.
- Have you ever been in a situation where someone told you "Ha, ha, I fooled you?" If you have, you have been the fool.
- Have you ever found yourself the subject of conversation, but it was not flattery but friendly joshing? That technically makes you the fool.
- Have you ever found yourself the subject of conversation, but it was not flattery or friendly joshing and you stayed? Oh yeah, you were a fool.
- Have you ever stuck your foot in your mouth so far that you considered the validity of your birth? You have been a fool.
- Have you ever told a secret to a known blabber mouth? You, my friend, have been a fool.
These are just a few ways that I have personally been the fool. They are also gages for you to know if you are currently being a fool right now.
Do Not Sweat the Small Stuff
If you are thinking that you are not the fool, then great. If you are thinking that you are the fool, then welcome to the world of normal people. It is okay if you are the fool. It is fun to be the fool sometimes--especially when no one gets hurt.
That means that in the near future, once you get over the embarrassment, you will have a neat memory to laugh about, hopefully.
Never let the past ruin your life. I know I don't do it often. Hey, I'm human!
Let me tell you what happened to me during one of my FOOL-fits. What...? Doing five is too many! That is in the next Article. The following fit is just the one I feel the most guilty about so far.
Foot in the Mouth Fool
Once I served a mission in South Africa. I tended to be a very overly expressive person in those days. Oh who am I kidding; I still am, which is why I write!
Anyway, us missionaries were all visiting in a boarding we called the Mansion because it was a large and beautiful house with tennis courts and a swimming pool with over six bathrooms and toilets. It even had a Bidet! I loved that thing.
One missionary who lived there, who I can only describe as a mountain of a man. was a wrestler and a football player, American football.
Kinda like The Mountain in this Image
He was excruciatingly muscled, tall, and annoying as all get out! He never provided straight answers! Every query I posed him he responded with a joke to the point that I began to dislike him.
When I saw him in action wrestling another missionary for fun--both being large and muscled men --it was like seeing two elephants crashing into one another. Can I say frightening? I eventually begged them to stop because I feared for the furniture in the room!
Well, this missionary again started with his fake answers. He showed a picture of his sibling and announced it to be his brother. I took a look at the photo. As I looked he said it was really his sister.
I looked at him in disbelieve because the person in the photo looked like him with long hair, and he was a manly man. Everything about him would be the envy of lesser men physically. I screeched in annoyed disbelief for him to stop messing with my head being that I tended to fall for all of his fakeries!
He then insisted that the picture was really of his sister and swore that he told the truth. I told him again that I did not believe him because he constantly deceived me. I then open my FOOL mouth and said,
"If that is your sister, that is the ugliest woman I have ever seen in my life!
His smile faded and his eyes became teary. At that moment, I will not pretend, extreme fear rushed into my heart and I know that my face turned every shade that can approach white without becoming white all together. I quivered as I saw the truth on his face that that picture was of a woman who is his sister.
My knees became weak and I felt like the fool I was. I swallowed my foot whole all the way up to my thigh! I knew this man would now hurt me in some extreme fashion.
I stood before him looking up at him while awaiting retribution. Luckily, being that we were missionaries he only looked away and told me it was okay, that he should not have said she was his brother.
Afterwards, I followed him around begging for his forgiveness and he gave it several times to the point that he threatened to hurt me if I asked again.
I learned a lesson. When a man tells you his sister is his sister and not his brother, believe him.
Take a poll!
Have you ever played the fool?
In the next Article You Fool! Examples of Being One, I will describe other ways fool-fits can hit. Until next time, try to be fool-fit proof. If not be easy on yourself. We all are the fool sometimes.
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