If I Only Had a Brain
Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
by Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
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you irritated and frustrated by foolish and idiotic commentary that
you read by people on the Internet? I am.
I was until a seven-year-old boy, a girl from Kansas and a scarecrow
woke me up.
could the Wizard of Oz help you, like it helped me, with
frustration at the befuddled nonsense other people constantly post
or proclaim? Let me share my story…
spend much of my time – or, should I say, too much of my
time – reading the Internet and getting so frustrated, nay, irritated
by the chatter and claptrap from people who still espouse silly
ideas such as, "the government is here to help and protect
us," or, "there wasn't enough government regulation of
the banking industry so we had a market crash in 2008;" or
"the Democrats are better than the Republicans" or vice
do these people get these ideas?
they remember that Bush had a ninety-percent approval rating just
a few years before all those same people changed their minds and
went Go Obama?
can these same people jump from being a Bush fan to an Obama fan
in such a short time? Or it is like getting a new favorite TV show
or ice-cream flavor of the week? Or is this all ancient history
already to Boobus?
part of all this that frustrates me the most is not the paid shills
for the government or corporate America that go on the mass media
to spout this sort of nonsense – I can understand them; it is the
average Boobus who goes on Internet comment and chat rooms and carries
on about the old Republican versus Democrat paradigm or how we have
to give the government more power to do whatever it is they want
to do to make our lives better.
the government made our lives better enough for everyone already?
will these people ever learn?
borrow an example I think I read on this very site: Rome had many
emperors. They had Caligula, Cesar, Nero, Augustus and many more.
They changed emperors but, ultimately, it was still always the Roman
Empire. The United States has had different presidents all through
the years. Yet we're still the American empire.
questions as to why Obama still has us in Iraq and Afghanistan and
is expanding bombings to other countries?
does Boobus have such a bad memory and why is he so dumb that he
keeps spouting off nonsense at work, on TV and on the Internet?
Why is it that people have one mouth and two ears and yet they use
their mouths easily ten times more than their ears and run their
mouths constantly and make ridiculous comments?
they embarrassed? I know I would be.
am reminded of a famous quote from Buddha that goes something like
who don't know, say they do. Those who do know, say they don't."
are such wise words that are especially useful to remember when
discussing a subject that one is unsure of, especially in mixed
company. I often find it is best to say as little as possible.
happened to the American male who was tall, dark, and handsome and
the strong silent type?
of my big challenges is I think I talk too much. But, in my defense,
when it comes to a subject that I am not well read on, I make a
conscious effort to keep quiet and use my ears as they were intended.
so, I need to be more diligent when it comes to remaining silent.
I certainly see many others who would do well in considering such
in these days, it seems to me that too many people – far too often
– state their opinions when they haven't a clue as to what they
are talking about. It reminds me of a story I once heard when a
young lady told an old woman that she was from West Virginia. To
which the old lady replied, "There's no such state as West Virginia.
There's a Virginia, but not a West Virginia. This is the first time
I've ever met anyone who didn't know what state they were from!"
sure that wasn't the first time that the young lady met someone
who talked a lot but didn't have a clue as to what they were talking
about. I'm sure it won’t be the last either.
brings me to an interesting thing that happened the other day that
I would like to share with you. I'd like to call this a parable,
but that might make me seem very pretentious, so let's just call
it a "story."
other night, I was reading L.
Frank Baum's the Wizard of Oz together with my seven-year-old
son. We came to the part where Dorothy meets the Scarecrow and the
Scarecrow tells her that he hasn't a brain.
we read that, my son stopped and said to me, "Daddy! If he doesn't
have a brain, then how does he talk?"
little kids say the darndest things. I didn't expect that a seven-year-old
would ask that question. I thought he would be so involved with
the story, he wouldn't notice the illogic.... But he did.
I didn't know what to say so I could only make the intelligent reply
of, "Don't worry about it, kid. Keep reading the story."
God for the great parenting magazines I have read.
next day we finished the book. My son loved it. I was happy
because I wanted him to start reading more classics rather than
these modern day "educational series" that the school has. He found
the Wizard of Oz just as fascinating and satisfying as Harry
my son loved the book so much, my wife went online and bought him
classic version of the movie starring Judy Garland. I usually
do not allow my son to watch things on screens but felt this was
a good opportunity to teach him the difference between the book
and a screen adaptation of a book.
Wizard of Oz book is a classic adventure fairy tale; the
movie is a classic musical. Some of the important points of the
story are the same, but many details are different or missing altogether.
If you've only seen the movie yet never read the book, you'd be
so surprised at the difference. For example, in the book, Dorothy's
slippers are silver. In the movie, they are ruby red.
the movie, as in the book, when Dorothy met the Scarecrow, he told
her he didn't have a brain... Once again my son looked at me smiling
and proudly cried, "See!"
different from the book, when Dorothy replied, "How can you talk
if you haven't got a brain?" The Scarecrow replied, "I don't know.
But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking. Don't
which Dorothy responded, "Yes. I guess you're right."
Wisdom! Then and there a light went off in my head. Yes. Enlightenment
surrounded me. And now, friends, if you think about this simple
statement it will surround you too…
so perfectly simple! I do not need to get angry or frustrated at
Internet comments… Just remember…. Some people without brains do
an awful lot of talking – and, unfortunately, they also do a lot
of commenting on the Internet.
should have known this all along. If only I had a brain!
(in Tokyo) Rogers [send
him mail] was born and raised in the USA and moved to
Japan in 1984. He is the president of an Internet & Cross Media
advertising/marketing agency and a media production company named
He writes about marketing, the Internet and Social Media at the
Marketing Japan blog. His book, Schizophrenic
in Japan, went on sale in 2005.
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