Sunday, December 1, 2013

Development Of Common Sense III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 5



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This is the fifth article on Bill Gates' 11 rules to school children.


Bill Gates'...


Rule # 5:  Flipping Burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
they called it opportunity.



My perspective:



Throughout life, I have been constantly amazed 
by the number of incredibly spoiled people who...
not only had no appreciation for the number of opportunities
that exist in our nation to advance ourselves...
they somehow had seen it fit to act dismissively
to those of whom they should have been the most appreciative.

To those of whom have not an inkling of who I am at my core...
I love goodness, justice, love, and all of life.

I hold in great contempt...
all of those whom are of evil...
the predatory and parasitical elitists of whom always infect
 a certain percentage of any population.

The pure egocentricity which drives the souls of these type of beings...
and which manifests itself in the various forms of profound disrespect
and disregard for others, is rooted in the aggrandizement of the self.


The root cause of self aggrandizement is...
a lack of humility as manifested in ingratitude.

For someone to have an aggrandizement of the self (God Complex)...
they would have had to have negated the notion of others being 
better in some fashion.

For this to have happened...
such a person would have had to revise history in his mind...
of all those in life who had taught him...
of all the lessons in life he learned directly through observation...
and indirectly, through texts or other mediums.

He would have had to not only not appreciated
what he had learned from them...
he would have to have pretended to himself that he had not learned anything from them...
but had merely always been in agreement with what they had said.  

This idea (omniscience)...
is the driving force behind arrogance.

Arrogance is one of the great killers of true knowledge.

When such persons think that they are automatically better...
or even as good as everyone else (without merit)...
in their minds...
there is, therefore, nothing to learn from them...
and so, they do not.


What humility teaches is that there...
were...
are...
and always will be...
others who are superior.

With humility...
the child's heart and mind is open to absorb
truth and knowledge from all around him.


A child who has humility...
is one who understands that there are superiors in his life
from whom there is much to learn.

He is, therefore...
grateful for all knowledge...
and opportunities.

With this basic winning attitude...
 his eyes, ears, and heart, will be on full alert and will be fully open...
and he will then be able to learn from everything around him.

Therefore...
humility is one of the great lessons in life to teach all children...
from as young an age as possible.


Ok...
so much for the whats and whys...
now on to the how...
and then more whys :)


One of the most basic and important methods
of teaching a child true humility...
is to have him admit when he is wrong
(with a full and rational explanation as to why he was wrong).

And if he had wronged another...
to give a sincere apology...
and to make it up, with interest, if at all possible.

What this does...
besides being a social lubricant...
is to not allow the child's mind to pretend
he was not wrong...and so, have nothing to change.

What this then does is to allow the child to suffer psychological death...
to be reborn with a truer sense of himself...
of a stronger sense of that which is right and wrong...
and to have a heart and mind, once again, ready for truth and knowledge.

What this psychological death also does is give the child true freedom...
the freedom from having to lie to himself...
 the freedom from having to lie to others...
but most importantly...
the freedom from the pain of embarrassment that those who have never had to 
admit they were wrong...fear the most.

Having experienced admission of his mistakes many times prior in life...
of how it had made him a better and happier person...
a child also realizes that he then no longer fears making mistakes...
and how this is a key to achieving more in life because he 
then no longer fears expanding his horizons and trying new things.

A person who never admits his mistakes...
fears ever putting himself in any situation where he could be wrong...
and be forced having to admit when he was wrong.

So many, when faced with such a situation, will then stupidly act
with a personal attack and a subsequent act of dismissiveness...
and then, either extricating themselves from the situation by causing 
an irrational argument filled with raw emotion to which they 
may then claim as the reason for walking away...
or, as so many do, by merely walking away from the argument...
some by pretending they are "moving on"...
and so, changing the subject...
or some, by actually walking away...
with one last dismissive wave supposed to signify 
they are choosing to not put any effort in vain into 
someone who is merely being stubborn...
when in fact, they were the stubborn ones...
the ones who will do anything in order to never having to admit...
they were wrong.

This type of person well knows that by ever escalating 
a situation of initial rationality into that which is irrational...
the rational people will avoid him in the future.

This is what this sort of person wants.
It fulfills his strongest desire in life...
that of being the largest frog in the pond.

In his little mind...
it doesn't matter if the pond has to shrink for him to be the largest one.
What matter most to him is that he can relax in the knowledge that
he will never be challenged...that he can merely sit on his little frog butt...
and be adored by the pollywogs and tadpoles which are left
(of course, when those tadpoles and pollywogs eventually grow...
they too, will leave the small rain puddle of a pond...
to find larger ponds...and so, smarter frogs).


What should be in every child's mind is to always be
open to starting out in a small pond initially...
but with the plan to always being
the smallest frog in an ever growing body of water...
and to continually search for an upgrade to the largest river...
one which is boundless, where the exploration is endless...
to always have the thirst for the flowing fresh water
 and the constantly new and highly nutritive morsels of knowledge 
in which present themselves in abundance...
and from which...he will continually grow.

(The desirability of being the smallest frog in the company of larger frogs 
lies in the metaphorical advantage of the greater experience of the larger ones...
and so, the more knowledge which, and from whom, may be learned.
I know in real life, the small often gets eaten by the large :)


So how does this little frog metaphor apply to the rule?

Just as burger flipping was a metaphor
for not being so arrogant as to dismiss even the small opportunities
in life as a starting point...
know that it is not in where you start...
but in how, with the humility of a small frog
purposely wishing to place himself in circumstances
where he will continually grow and not be the large frog in a small pond...
it is the direction of travel and in how quickly you get there 
which matters most.

A person who fears admission of his mistakes...
fears leaving his comfort zone...
and through his own lack of basic humility...
limits his growth in life...
both, internally, and externally.

It is the end game which matters.

It is humility which allows you to travel there
in an efficient and effective manner.


With humility...
you are primed to observe and learn from everything...
and to take advantage of all learning opportunities.


Never be the tadpole...
who, because he could not start in a big pond first...
decides to wait for the heavens to open up 
and create a downpour before he will re-enter the pond...
one whom would drop out of life by risking 
drying out on the side of an initially small pond
rather than face the "indignity" of the growing opportunities
wherever, and whenever, they may arise.











































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