Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom’

The Frog Has A Point

April 20, 2022

You can discern many things about the nature of a man by how he responds when things do not go his way.

– Hanyi, Wilde Life

And It’s Always Provided It

February 14, 2022

One of the many reasons I’m still a fan of comic books is because I’ve learned so much from them over the years. Since that may sound odd to you if you think of comics as “funny kiddy books” (an attitude that isn’t as prevalent as it once was, but I doubt it’s died out entirely), let me give you an example:

Some (okay, several . . . okay, many at this point) years back there was a Batman comic (please forgive me for not tracking down the exact issue) that involved a police officer who idealized Batman, and after a trauma he came to believe that he was Batman and started dressing up in the costume and killing criminals. Batman and Robin stopped him in the end, of course, and the real Batman expressed his understanding of the poor guy because (to poorly and inexactly quote from memory) “At the end of the day, who am I but another guy who thinks he’s Batman.”

To this day that still resonates with me, because at the end of the day, who am *I* but another guy who thinks he’s __________.” Over the years I’ve filled in that blank with a variety of words and phrases whenever I’ve needed some perspective.

This Isn’t Necessarily A Bad Thing

February 9, 2022

It’s been said before (possibly by me) that age doesn’t necessarily bring wisdom, merely the opportunity for wisdom. Along those same lines, it occurs to me that age doesn’t necessarily bring weirdness, but it certainly provides greater opportunity.

A Quick Candle For My Son

November 24, 2021

I want to commend you, son, for realizing that much of what people argue about today are indeed “social constructs.” (I’m presuming your mother introduced you to that concept because that’s not a turn of phrase I use.) Once you think about, you start to realize that it’s frankly impossible for every place that claims, for instance, to make “the world’s best pizza” to actually make the world’s best pizza no matter how passionately their fans argue the point.

Once you realize that, you can appreciate the different styles of pizza and pick your own favorite.

Wisdom Is Where You Find It

October 15, 2021

Dewey: That hound sure was hungry . . . especially for a ghost hound.

Uncle Scrooge: Aye, the druids must not feed it enough. That makes the beast mean.

Huey: That makes the druids mean if you ask me!

DuckTales (1987), “The Curse of Castle McDuck”

Another Pratchett Quote (Because It Gave Me Some Peace)

July 13, 2021

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

Terry Pratchett

Bad Rhyme, Good Advice

July 8, 2021
To truly be counted among the wise,
you first have to take your own ad-vise.

– Robert Alan (I think. It sounds familiar, so I may have just heard it somewhere a long time ago.)

Because Shouldn’t I Be Wiser By Now?

May 11, 2021

I thought about including this in yesterday’s post on perspectives of wisdom, but I felt that it disrupted the flow, so I’m adding it today as a follow-up:

An atypical elder’s perspective: Sometimes I wonder if *I* am an exception . . .

The Perspectives Of Age And Wisdom

May 10, 2021

A typical child’s perspective: Being older means you’re smart!

A typical teenager’s perspective: Being older means you’re clueless!

A typical adult’s perspective: Okay, maybe being older does make you wiser.

A typical elder’s perspective: There are obviously exceptions to this.

The Sound Was From Them Working On The Roof Next Door

April 15, 2021

This morning I heard something that sounded like somebody banging around in my garage. Knowing that nobody should be in there, I almost dismissed it, but then decided since I was standing right there it was worth a quick peek to be sure. There was, of course, nothing, but then I stopped as I realized there was an area around a corner that I couldn’t see from the doorway, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from movies it’s that if you decide it’s worth investigating a strange noise, it’s worth it to fully investigate it.