This is a Remarkably Foolish Skill


Once upon a time there was an emperor who wanted to look good.

The emperor spent a bunch of cash on a something that made them look foolish.

It was as though they were walking down the street naked.

Unfortunately a child spoke up and pointed out the emperor was naked.

The child?

The child was blamed, put into counselling and provided with medications to prevent them from seeing and to remove the impulse to speak.

Eventually they went on to a successful life as a regional manager of several seven elevens.

Stating what’s obvious is a remarkably foolish skill.

It has a tendency to backfire.

The ‘child who sees and speaks freely’?

They get blamed

They become the scapegoated.

We need more of these children, not less.

We need more people who can develop the ability to state the obvious. We all can acknowledge what actually is happening from one moment to the next.

How many places do we pretend that what we’re experiencing isn’t really happening?

How do we trick ourselves by ‘trying’ or ‘planning on’ or ‘not liking’ something.

These tricks? the obvious things:

Trying to means not doing

Planning on means not doing

not liking some aspect of yourself does nothing to change the fact that the thing you don’t like still exists.

It’s considered both rude and puerile to point out obvious things like: Hey you’re not accepting the fact that I’m saying no to you.

These reasonable and obvious truths? Somehow unacceptable to speak.

So. How can you develop the remarkably foolish skill of staying rooted in ‘what is’ and stating obvious, uncomfortable truths?

One Derful Thing

Call things the wrong name.


Make other people state the obvious with you.

Put on your ovens when going outside.

Sign your name with a marimba.

Leave the seat down and flush the rhododendron when you are finished.