Now, although I always thought that we should help our fellow man and woman, it was not always so clear, or open for public display. I have always felt that the average or below average person was not being heard. And being one of the below average, I spent most of my time listening and making my decisions based upon what folks felt first.
Now, when I say below average, I don’t mean intelligence. No, I mean the cards you are dealt with as a child to journey into becoming a thinking and giving citizen of the world. After all, I am sure all of us will agree that we have met some of the smartest, book-smartest people in the world, but what you learned in school has nothing to do with the amount of common sense you have, or your street smarts.
What you learn on the streets is about the everyday experiences you have to go through, and it has nothing to do with how fast you can turn a page and store the information. I call the knowledge gained from your experiences, applied knowledge. If you don’t apply it, you don’t survive it. Whereas book knowledge is some- thing that you can know, but it may never see the light of day.
Please don’t think I am knocking education or the educated people. I am very sure that our country was built on the educated. What percent was learned in a book, I don’t know. Our world leaders have the book smarts to formulate the plan and the rest of us citizens, whether we are book smart, or street smart, or contrib- ute two cents based on what we know, learn, or expe- rience every day. I wish I had had a better education than I’ve had, it would have saved me a lot of pain and trouble in my life. However, if I had to do it all again, the only thing I really would have done over was meet- ing and talking to more people, ’cause people are what it is all about.
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