Saturday, August 1, 2009

Natural Nincompoops 8/01/09

You have been given worldly means to use and employ against human ignorance and wrong.

Knute Nelson
Happy to see you.
There are two men out west somewhere. One of them did me a serious heartbreaking wrong thus ending a friendship of 20 years. The other one automatically took the first one's side without giving me any explanation for it. I knew from his emails that he didn't know what had happened. I tried to explain to him what had taken place just so he would know, not to turn him against the other guy. The more we communicated, the more adamant he became at not considering or even listening to what I was saying. It was causing me a lot of distress until I heard someone say "You can't win an argument with an ignorant man." Then I relaxed and let it go. It's not up to me alone to heal ignorance.

You can't reason with the unreasonable. You can't educate one who refuses to be educated. You can't convince a person whose mind is closed. You can't turn the lights on in a house that has no lights, You can't argue with an ignorant man.

In "A Christmas Carol" Charles Dickens writes that the Spirit of Christmas Present shows Scrooge two children it has hiding under it's robe.

From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children;
wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt
down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.

'Oh, Man. look here. Look, look, down here.' exclaimed the Ghost.

'They are Man's,' said the Spirit, looking down upon
them. 'And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers.
This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both,
and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy,
for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the
writing be erased.

Beware the ignorant of the world, They are dangerous, They will do wrong. The best we can do is work against human ignorance and wrong, because we can't argue with it.

Welcome to August.


a corgi said...

power ball numbers; 1, 3, 4, 12, 21/5

is it a big jackpot this week??

sad your friendships broke up :(


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sad that you lost two friends.

Beth said...

It is a shame that you lost the friendships, but you are right. Sometimes there's just no getting through to some people. There are some who have a certain stubborn need to cling to their ignorance or their set opinions, and they will hurt anyone who tries to get in the way of that. I find those kinds of people scary, and I'm glad I haven't known very many in my life.

Hm, Power Ball numbers. 15,21,23,29,58, with the Power Ball 14. Watch, THIS will be the time I hit it, when I'm not really playing! :)

Hugs, Beth

Ally Lifewithally said...

Sorry you lost your so called friends ~
Power ball numbers
5 ~ 9 ~ 12 ~ 19 ~ 32 / 7
7 being my Lucky Number :o) ~ Ally x