Overheard while near a game of trivia:
“According to a survey, 12% of Americans believe Joan of Arc was married to whom?”
I’ll admit that I chewed on that one and didn’t find the answer.
But I could have guessed it.
Because the answer was…
The temptation is, like the trivia host did, to crack a joke about ‘stupid Americans’. Or maybe ‘stupid humans’.
But I disagree.
For one thing, 12% is a small number. If you take a soccer team, then statistically, that’s one player who thinks that way. The rest won’t.
“Even one is too many!”
I disagree – here’s why:
Not knowing that Joan of Arc was a medieval French warrior saint might be ignorant… but guessing she was Noah’s wife makes sense. I mean, I said above that I could have guessed that answer. How, unless it followed a certain logic?
Sure, sure, it would be better if 98% of people could tell their medieval history from their biblical history.
But isn’t ‘Noah’ a better answer than something utterly random, like Lois Lane?
Isn’t the presence of some logic worth celebrating?
If you want to build a bonfire, you nurture the spark. You don’t condemn it for not being hot or bright enough.
Besides, ask enough questions of us and we’ll fall into the embarrassing 12% eventually.
Something to think about as I transition into talking about Monster Mind Edukaré. You might wonder what my thorough and intensive self-hypnosis, meditation and personal evolution program has to do with all this.
I could say that it makes you more likely to sit in the more learned 88%, but I don’t know if that’s a useful claim to make.
If you know my style, you already see the connection. We all judge people – I do it too – which only invites us to judge ourselves.
Throw accusations of stupidity and ignorance, and you’ll eventually accuse yourself of the same thing.
I believe in celebrating the sparks, even in a world full of darkness.
Especially in a world full of darkness.
The first, most difficult and most important step is acceptance.
If you struggle with that, that’s where self-hypnosis and meditation come in. No matter where you’re coming from, you can begin to experience it here: