I once saw a US Marine wearing a T-shirt that said, “Pain Cures Stupid.” Though I happen to know a few people who are way beyond cure, I concur that this statement works for me; that is, when I act stupidly.
That saying aside, I find myself wondering, as fools often do, what would be the reverse of that idiom? Is it that “Joy sickens smart”? Hmm… If I take smart as ‘smart-ass’, then that may actually work. Nothing annoys a smart-ass more than seeing someone else happy. They immediately try to bring that person down by means of a witty, hurtful comment. If that is the case, then there is no doubt that the smart-ass sees happy as stupid, and is therefore trying to “cure” him by pain… Does that make sense? It shouldn’t but that doesn’t stop it from happening.
Thus when I see someone happy, I try to delight in their joy, even if they are seemingly stupid. Maybe better be looked at as the fool on the hill than the wise guy, all smugged by himself, yet utterly depressed. But then again wasn’t it William Shakespeare who once said that, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
Learned from: A T-shirt contemplation