Contempt prior to investigation; breed’s everlasting ignorance.
by Reggie Smith
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
My godmother would always paraphrase that sage comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley saying “there ain’t no fool like an old fool”. Conversely, comedic genius, Richard Pryor, said in the person of his famed character “Mudbone” (from Tupelo, Mississippi), “you don’t get old being no fool”. They both got big laughs with their thoughts about what it meant to be an old fool, but being one is not funny. In life, we have so many opportunities to learn from our experiences, it says alot about you if you get the blessing of longevity, but waste it in ignorance or worse, unawareness. The definition of a fool is a person who acts unwisely or imprudently; or a silly person. You would think that there would not be so many people in positions of authority continually practicing self-delusion, denial, and unwillingness to try something different. They are intransigent even though their approach is not to serve the greater good. I guess many of us live up to the other adage that “youth is wasted on the young”. Whatever the case, I’m glad that many more of us have learned that honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness to try new things (H.O.W) are seemingly indispensible tools for avoiding the plight of becoming an “old fool”.
We talk a lot about the indiscretions of younger people, but our young people see hypocrisy, understand the consequences, and are creating change. Getting old is not for the faint of heart, or the medicallyuninsured. Right now, the CDC recommends that everyone over 40 (“baby boomers”) get screened for hepatitis C. We know that those of us with HIV are living much longer than expected, and developing the conditions associated with old age, like sexual dysfunction,hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, etc. Of course, many of those conditions are a result of self-inflicted and perpetual abuse, as well as normal wear and tear. It also seems like there are many more people suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than ever before. Being physically or mentally challenged is a distinct possibility, especially for those of us who resist, or even worse, dismiss change simply as a matter of routine or addiction to destructive habits. Nevertheless, even those of us “stuck on stupid” have the potential to recover if we can be honest, open-minded, and willing to try something different. The Affordable Healthcare Act is certainly something different, right? What is the real rationale for not trying it in every state in this country?
There are some glimmers of hope in that there is a transformative energy changing the way the establishment has operated. To see a Black president in America, and possibly a woman president on deck is transformative. There have been drumbeats of war without actual bombs, for once, and that is refreshing. The Catholic Church now has a Pope who is preaching the gospel of love and tolerance. Nations, like Syria and Iran, that historically have postured with war out of fear of being dominated by “super powers”, have confounded the traditional ways of doing things in the world by proposing peaceful solutions. The positive shift in energy is moving us further into the “age of Aquarius”. In effect, our vision of healing the world is shifting the paradigm. Coincidentally, the old fools are dying off. In my family circles, I’m blessed to have a number of sharp-minded octogenarians. It would be foolish, though, for “baby boomers” like myself, and younger generations to think that we will be able to solve our challenges with “traditional” approaches. We may not know what will work, but we have evidence of that bigotry, inflexibility, greed and war do not work at all. We may need to re-evaluate what “clinging to our guns and religion” really means.
We need to participate in our own survival/salvation by actively changing the things we can. I am willing to change the way I eat, drink more water, exercise and meditate to see if it will help me maintain optimum wellness. I’m upset there are “old (greedy) fools” blocking implementation of accessible, free or affordable healthcare, but I will educate myself and others on how we can maximize the use of what is available in the places we live now, in order to stay healthy and change the world. I will also work with others to manifest a vision of a world in which there are governments that serve the greater good by addressing the real needs of “we the people”. “Moms” Mabley was right; there ain’t no fool like many of these old fools running the world right now. The “old fools” know their time has come to let go, that is why they are fighting so hard to hold on. Either way, as a result attrition, wisdom, your new vision for the world and yourselves; the world is changing. It is time to RISE!
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance -- that principle is contempt prior to investigation."