The Foolishness of Our Elders

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool” — William Shakespeare

William Ballard, MBA


Last week, I wrote this article about the “wisdom” of our elders, and over the week I got to thinking a bit more about this subject.

With that said, consider this a continuation of that article, not necessarily a part-two or anything like that, but an article that works in conjunction with the other.

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By now, we should all be aware of what the definition of insanity is — at least according to Albert Einstein, that is.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Whether or not Albert Einstein was the actual one to coin this phrase is irrelevant. What is important is this: If we were to go off that definition of insanity, did you know that the majority of the population would be considered insane today? defines insanity in this way:

Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.

With this in mind, can you see that there is somewhat of a correlation between both definitions?

You see, to have the idea or notion that a different result will come out of repeated activity or behavior would be similar to someone who “cannot distinguish fantasy from reality.”

Think of it like this: If you were to plant apple seeds, and you continued to plant apple seeds but expected to harvest bananas … Well, clearly, that type of thinking would be considered insane and/or delusional. You can’t get a banana out of an apple seed.

Pride (Foolishness) Will Keep You Where You’re At, Humility (Wisdom) Will Take You Where You Want to Be

Now, the reason I mention these things is that what I’ve noticed over the past 26+ years is that there are some people out there who consider themselves to be elders but are…



William Ballard, MBA

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