The other day I read something that caused me to cringe. I feel compelled to offer my reaction to this, and let you form your own opinion.
The writer of this off-putting piece quoted someone as saying that a certain brilliant individual “does not suffer fools gladly.” While this particular bit of ‘praise’ was being heaped on an entertainer, I have read this phrase many times in the past in connection with some aupposedly intelligent educational or political leader.
Imagine someone wanting to establish how intellectual, how far above the crowd this particuolar person is, how he/she surrounds himself/herself only with those who could be considered as mental equals. Certainly by inference, if not in fact, this puffed up phony obviously looks down on those of us who aren’t on his/her ‘level.’
The gross hypocrisy in such a statement should be obvious. It infers that those of us who can’t see this vastly superior individual’s point of view are, by definition, ‘fools’.
The truly gifted, the truly great leaders are those who are humble in the biblical sense. I was, upon reading this comment, reminded that compared to Him who died on calvary, we are all fools. Yet, can anyone imagine Him placing any of his earthly children in such a category?
I’m well aware that there are isssues out there which someone might feel dwarf my irritation over the above mentioned quote, but I had to get it off my chest. Color me lucky to have a forum in which to do it.
Thanks for listening.