Fixing things not broken creates messes
Those who attempt to fix things that are not broken specialize in creating disorder, disarray, difficulties, trouble and first-class messes. We have experienced an outbreak of stupidity at its highest rank and lowest rung of achievement in the last half-dozen years.
This poison of dumbness and stupidity seems to overwhelm what Josh Billings labeled "Unconscious ignorance" and William Shakespeare defined as "Not so much brain as ear wax." Does ear wax really do all the thinking of some decisions?
Such dullness in thought processes and decisions seems to behave this way in local, county, state and national government. Our accumulated ignorance may be on the verge of overtaking our limited knowledge and restricted wisdom.
Some of our elected and supposed superior leaders would flunk out on the first round of the county "spelling bee."
I have driven my automobile through the major cities of our nation, enjoyed the beauty and recognized accomplishments in the surrounding areas that give life to such cities as Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco and others.
All of these unusual and beautiful cities have men and women who know a great deal about the town in which they live and how to repair its failures, but who might know very little about the needs and ability to repair problems in Putnam, Cabell, Kanawha and Mason counties. .
When I was a little boy and our five-person family lived in three rooms and a path at the head of Cabin Creek, I was convinced that my daddy could fix anything that was ever broken. Many other people in that area also believed that. When anything went wrong, my dad, Clarence Ellis, was usually the first person they called.
In every part of our nation's life -- in the counties, states and nation -- we sometimes want to ask, "Is there anybody who knows how to do anything?"
My brother, a public school educator who once lived on five acres, decided to take a class at night on small engine repair. He wanted to be qualified to fix his lawnmower, wheelbarrow and other equipment. "Whitey" has always been good with tools. He did, however, notice a man in bib overalls and a plaid shirt who seemed to be having difficulty handling the nuts and bolts, screws and nails in the class. He was all thumbs. After a few weeks, with friendships beginning to get into the mix, he got up his courage one night and asked this good brother, "Just what do you do during the day?"
The answer received was not expected. The man replied, "I am the chief surgeon in the hospital." That should confirm the fact that we are not all gifted, accomplished, skilled and educated in the same things.
We do our best in the things we do best. A New Testament writer said, "But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" (Hebrews 13:16).
Bill Ellis can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.
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