Seán Mathews Irish Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter
Firstly, sorry if you have had trouble accessing my website lately. It was offline due to an issue with the service provider. This is my first blog post in 6 months.
Tolerance is a virtue. Think of a child learning to ride a bike. You can pretend you aren't watching when you really are. You have to. You have a sense of duty and care. But you tolerate them finding their own way to do it.
Now I don't play Golf, but what about somebody who wants learn how to play Golf. A late comer. You see this new Golfer improve. When this new Golfer says something wrong about Golf, the Bad Apple in the Clubhouse dismisses and lampoons them. The question now is - can this cause much harm? Well, if you think about the golf courses, the golf shops, the restaurants etc then yes, there is harm done. Especially if the new Golfer has lost his zest and his confidence. Then the bad apple is malignant, isn't it?
Look at a fresh box of Apples. Some people will only see the spotty rotten one at the top. Is it human nature? I wonder.
For me it starts with who made us fixate on the Bad Apple. What makes folks always see the glass as half empty?
Breaking that chain of negativity is a Stoic challenge. I believe this can stifle every community, village, town and city that wants to thrive. So I've taken the challenge to ignore all the bad apples... Will you?