It took me a long time to grasp the notion that I did not have to know everything to have knowledge. Stupidity can be defined in many ways and who is to say which the right one is. I know from my experience and hearing the experiences of others that pathways to wisdom often travel through villages of stupidity. I don’t think any of us are immune from ignorance or stupidity as long as we have false pride and inflated vanity.
For many years I had to be the center of attention for me to feel worthy. I thought people admired me and spoke highly of me. I learned very painfully that I was perceived as a jerk to put it bluntly. I was in my village of stupidity at that time and worked very hard at it; I was a “great jerk”; just ask those that knew me then. They did not think I was a bad person for I wasn’t, but they were unanimous in thinking I was a jerk.
When I was able to find some humility and know that I was as present sitting in the audience as I was on stage; listening as when speaking; questioning rather answering; blending rather than being center stage; learning from others rather than thinking I knew everything; it was then that I moved from the village of stupidity to the universe of wisdom.
As a Rabbi Spiritual Counselor and Sober Coach, congregants and clients alike have, when disagreeing with me, described me as ignorant, a buffoon, jerk, moron, etc. You know what? Sometimes they were right!
My journey has been less than perfect I spend a night or two in the village of stupidity every so often, but now it is because I know when I need to visit the village based on how I am behaving. I like that awareness and taking charge of the change that needs to take place.
My prayer for you today is that you see the ignorance and stupidity that may exist in you and take a room at the Inn where you can dump it and emerge with a new-found humility and wisdom. We will all benefit from your courage and experience!
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