COURAGE IN THE FACE OF STUPIDITY

A favorite phrase of mine is, “He/she is suffering under the delusion that they know something.” The linked article is a cautionary tale regarding the damage liberal naiveté can cause if left unchecked. There is nothing more dangerous than an ignorant person who believes they have all the answers when what they have is the cartoon version of a world built around their so-called insight. The hubris born of delusions of wisdom can hang a blind spot from horizon to horizon, blinding the dime-store-prophet to the deeper back story of the real human beings they have in their charge.

In honing my discipline in counseling I was observed (two way mirrored wall) counseling my first clients. My supervisor had just one comment after observing a few of my sessions. It was, “Seven words or less John, seven words or less.”  I was aghast! How could any good come of these sessions if the clients were deprived of my wisdom?  But I did as I was instructed, vowing to myself to return to my more involved style as soon as I was out of sight of my handlers. Then something miraculous happened. In forcing myself to restrain comment, I learned to listen, and I gave the client the thing he/she wished for most. Someone to listen. Of course there were many occasions when I said more than seven words in my response to clients comments, but had gained the awareness that I could, If I lost touch with my listening skills, cause  more injury than healing

IN A BID FOR FREEDOM SHE TOOK OFF HER HIJAB. BUT IN AN EXORCISE IN FAULTY KNOWLEDGE HER INSTRUCTORS COULD HAVE LOST HER LIFE.

The only thing I can claim to be the ultimate expert in is my own experience in living life. There was still a lot I had to learn. There would always be a lot that I could learn. The instructors involved in this article should take a few minutes and Google ‘honor killing’  before becoming experts in Islamic culture. They could have set up an  innocent girls death by taking action based on their ignorance of their ignorance.

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