A few years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to relinquish my need to be right. We’ve all been there, right? Whether in a casual conversation or a meeting at work or in a political “discussion” on Twitter, we insist on our version of events, arguing ardently for our opinion.
Hi Grant, I really liked your post and thoroughly enjoyed the parallels that you used to connect The Fool to Ted Lasso and Dennis Rodman. Your point about sometimes how one must be the fool and not always be right was very well put, well done.
Hi again Grant! I can't believe I missed this one months ago. In any case, I have more for you in connection with my post to you on your other blog. The Rev. Dr. Artress also wrote a book called The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers (https://www.amazon.com/Path-Holy-Fool-Labyrinth-Visionary-ebook/dp/B08KYP4LH1 ). She invokes Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Emma Jung was interested in Percival's journey and applied Depth Psychology to that journey. She died before she finished her life's work but von Franz stepped in to finish it. Artress speaks of this book.
I love this piece. It is one of those rare messages that hits home for me. Now I have to wonder just how long this idea of humility through self-deprecation will take to become some new trend for those who are forever seeking to "become" this or that. Like the idea of living simply a few decades back, will this too, become fodder for some ambitious entrepreneur, marketer, or some such to grasp the idea and sell it back to us as something we cannot achieve on our own? Not without a book, or two, or three, maybe a magazine devoted to it, and some week long workshops on "becoming"?
It seems when ever something rare and insightful, arises from the daily fog of confusion that is our culture, it gets degraded and nullified by being brought down by commodification. I really would not like to see this happen, but somehow, in our urgent need to constantly be "perfect" or our inherent and secret need to be better than others (which is contradictory to this entire piece) we turn wisdom into fools gold.
I learned a lot about “having a conversation” rather than always being right when I volunteered for a couple of organizations and spoke to the public. Love your awareness and your New Year’s resolution choice.
Beautiful. This aligns with my newest short story idea that I dreamt up (literally) just this early morning. 🌟
I needed this post today! Was literally just talking about seeking success as society defines it. Also thanks, Grant, for the tip about the Writer's Digest Short Story Virtual Conference... Great post!