▼Denzel Washington: Have the Guts to Fail▼
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You're better than you think you are
One day, if I'm not dead, I will honor a long and strong oral tradition (griot),
and speak truthfully of hideous and strange experiences rare conscientious Chinese witnessing the same thing responded "恶心" (disgusting) to.
Those covering their noses as "laowai" (foreigners) walked in.
How fear of failing at anything; of committing even to
a conversation or worthy goals ran, run, ruin
and relegate to permanent stupefaction
otherwise wonderful and beautiful
human beings lacking skills
they think they have
just by assertion
Those reaching for public transport windows visibly gasping for air as
"the laowai" or foreigner walked in. The insecure who push(es)
and insist their sister, partner, the one more afraid or
involuntarily designated as needing protection
towards the farthest seat. The lady or man
who wants to communicate with you
and yet is plagued by the fear
of self-erected barriers.
"Sorry, I can't help
What a horrible way to live, however seemingly content. As if witnessing
a ghastly wound, I keep and kept asking myself a question whose
answering requires no rocket science formula:
Who did this to you? Who did this?
The erratic, childish, or calculating ones hiding behind computer screens
playing small, playing safe, inconsiderately playing games with others'
time; or playing "I'm simple" or "traditional" fill-in-the-blanks.
Few I meet or interact with appear to
have the courage to fail.
All I saw, and still see, is irrational fear and often, blatant hubris and
inconsideration accompanying spoiled foreigners and localites.
And what that does to — in some cases — otherwise good
people lacking the moral character to realize they're
not good people "right now" explains
even the current uncertainties
in the global economy.
The toll, in terms of human relations is akin to the Editors of Time
Magazine seeing nothing wrong with omitting Blacks
and Hispanics from this year's 9/11 Tribute.
And if you still can't wrap your head around that, consider this: barely
five minutes into the forty-three minute feature video on women
in this blog, my assistant loudly interrupted saying: "I don't
see any Asians or Chinese" whereupon I jovially
retorted, "Ah. Now you know how it feels".
It is for the same reason blogs like Greed vs. Tragic Ignorance exist.
The ethics such perpetrators or accomplices of injustice practice;
what (and who) they avoid, and their silences speak
volumes for no one needs a rocket scientist
or investigator to reveal they have
opinions, often bigoted.
Many, driven by herd instinct, dark prejudices and/or pretensions,
lack the courage and skills to transcend "Hello", to pick up
a phone and call when it matters.
Or, to help the needy.
They are unaware it's "none of your business" is strictly contextual;
that you cannot know, give, receive, or keep Love if you
don't know or like to embrace truth.
Such people who live a lie, chase the sensational worshiping images
and façade rather than transcending the self and narcissistic
themselves from reality, hence
I am a firm believer in leaving people to pursue whatever makes
them happy so long as it doesn't forcefully interfere with
my well-being. Nevertheless, a lot of people I meet
these days are afraid. And fear emanates from
ignorance of the truth, which sometimes
requires self-critique and history.
And being ignorant of one's
ignorance is the beginning
of stupidity unless one
is willing to learn
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