Updated: Sep 28, 2019
"The key to life may not be brilliance or power. What if it's just not being stupid?"
This question was posed at the back end of the morning's message from the Daily Stoic.
While I don't completely agree that the key to life is the absence of stupidity, I don't completely disagree, either.
I think that the key to life is finding fulfillment, and I think that fulfillment can be found in a number of different ways for different people. Personally, my fulfillment is in Christ, in my family, in the peace of the great outdoors, and in helping others achieve.
No doubt, I find fulfillment in not being stupid, but sometimes stupidity provides entertainment, and entertainment, by nature, provides fulfillment in its own way. Some of the wealthiest people in our country are entertainers, and many of them are quite stupid. I won't name any names, you can be the judge of that.
I guess it could be said that, sometimes, in the right context, stupidity is fulfilling, and, sometimes, it pays to be stupid.
Don't confuse stupidity with a lack of intelligence. While a lack of intelligence might also equal stupidity, there are plenty of very intelligent people out there who consistently do stupid things and make stupid decisions.
I got sidetracked. Stupidity does that to me sometimes. I'd prefer to be not stupid (or at least be oblivious to my own stupidity). But I'll stick to my original story.
The key to life is in finding fulfillment.
Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is the tree of life."