Truism Twenty-Three: Watch for the backlash.
Every action has a reaction, but unlike Newton’s law of motion, the reaction in life is seldom equal. Foolhardiness is the action of fool, and they have to be hardy to withstand the backlash. If you are texting while walking, you may fall in a manhole. I hope you don’t get hurt, but you deserve the falling. Texting while you’re driving, is just plain stupid. You do not deserve the results, and neither does the person you hit. You do deserve the jail time. If you perform a good deed for a stranger, you deserve that moment of joy. When you begin living with the recognition of consequences, you can truly succeed even if fickle money unluckily escapes you. You can avoided bruises. And, you can win at chess.
Risks sometimes have to be taken, and sometimes the real consequence might not be predictable. If you run into the burning building to save a child, it can be the most joyful moment of your life. You both also might die. Decide well before you try. It is probably not wise to run in to save a cherished cat. You decide.
Consequences are the main provider to teach. Falling in the pothole should teach you not to walk and text. But, do your best to think ahead.
Truism Twenty-One: Education is the fore step
It is entirely possible that learning might bore you. We begin learning from birth, if not before. By ages one, two and three, we have learned the word “Why” and apply it to everything. We have so much we want to learn and so many other needs, our attention spans are not terribly long. So, if our parents try to actually answer our “Why,” we lose interest for that moment. At best, the schools we attend try to teach answers, but it is difficult sometimes, and they want us to remember things that are not immediately gratifying. Teachers start assigning ridiculous grades to us for quantifying purposes. We become fearful of grades, which act like negative reinforcement against our early curiosity. People who want to sell things to us, and to our parents, recognize our short attention spans and need for immediate gratification. They use these tools to train us into buyers. By our teens, it is a wonder if we want to learn a thing, at all.
Stuff is amazing, whether it is history that tells us who we were and what we are, science and math that explains all of those “Whys” we had as toddlers, language that gives us our voice to add our lyrics to the melody of the universe. Education is the fore step in life’s dance. Letting yourself be destroyed by the people that did not handle our natural “Whys” well can sentence you into thinking moving forward is boring. No dance consists only of back peddling. No wonder many of us get stuck in the temptation of the back step, vice.