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Don't be an Idiot

Updated: Nov 13

"Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, 'would an idiot do that?' And if they would, then I do not do that thing." Dwight K. Schrute (The Office)

Right off the bat, I want to acknowledge that this term hits my heart harshly; I don't even want to subject myself to the possibility of identifying with such a derogatory term. But, there is the potential for sourcing wisdom in understanding what divides my own acts of idiocy from Good, Orderly Behaviour (GOD).


Reflecting back on the pages of my distant history, and unfortunately some moments of my recent history, I could point to some actions where I could observe myself devolving from a normal person to something resembling blind idiocy.


It's good advice to myself: don't be an idiot. So, what does that mean?


Idiocy is something close to that classic definition of insanity we're always taught to quote Albert Einstein on: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." The difference being that an idiot also knows that what they're doing is more than likely to result in harm, loss, or wasted resources. They've already learned that what they're about to attempt has proven not to turn out so well for them or others who might be affected.


To truly be an idiot, there must be at least some chance that things will work out favorably when one proceeds with their course of action (complete with a blindness to the risk and long-term futility involved). There must be at least a small chance of ideal consequences and/or reward (a drunk driver can hold onto the promise that they can drink their hearts out and still get themselves where they want, without paying for a ride).


But there are a host of alternative identities that closely resemble this term and supersede the negative consequences associated with idiocy, while still permitting one to act without certainly of outcome (which is necessary for personal expansion).


I can still be a fool, a child, a naive and curious explorer of new planets and potential.

But, if it hasn't worked out very well for me or someone I highly trust in the past, I best not repeat tragic history.


Photo taken of my copy of Zen as Fuck: A Journal for Practicing the Mindful Art of Not Giving a Shit by Monica Sweeney

Walla Walla YMCA lounge area black couch.

Monday morning.

Clear, bright, warm, sunny.

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