If you don’t mind me asking; How smart do you think you are? Now, keep reading…
Oftentimes, when people reflect on their lives they only recall the good things they’ve done… Today, I discourage that type of thinking. I want you to look back at your life, as far back as you can remember, and recall all of the things that have made you laugh. Not only the good things– the whole ugly truth.
First, let’s survey the years of our youth;
During childhood did Nickelodeon cartoons make you laugh?
In middle school, did you laugh at a kid because they looked different?
Did you laugh the first time you saw a Saturday Night Live skit?
In high school, did you giggle as the ‘gay guy’ or ‘pregnant girl’ walked by? Or did you save your laughs for the kid with dirty jeans?
Now, let’s jump to the present;
Do you laugh when you see a shopping cart slam into someone’s car?
Does it make you laugh to watch ‘Fresh Prince’, ‘Seinfeld’, or ‘I Love Lucy’ reruns?
Do you laugh because a co-worker you dislike has gained a little weight?
Or do you laugh because everyone in the office knows ‘he’ is being cheated on, except him?
Now, make a mental list of all the things you’ve ever laughed at. Mark the things you’re proud of with blue, and the things you’re ashamed of with red. Is there more blue than red?
In a picture perfect world, we wouldn’t laugh at the “red things”; hopefully your morality enables you to determine what the “red things” in life are.
**Justification: I’m not saying that ‘mean’ people are uneducated. Being kind is not a prerequisite for intelligence; I’m simply saying that people who understand the importance of being kind have been blessed with a type of knowledge that is a virtue. I recognize that there are intellectual people out there who make the conscious decision to laugh at “the wrong thing”. Hitler (one of the biggest bullies of all time) was a miraculously intelligent individual and convincing leader.
My objective with this post is to relay the message that being kind to people is important. So please don’t be overly literal with your interpretation of this post.
So, I’ll ask you again; How smart do you think you are?