Whether or not we realize it each of us has within us the ability to set some kind of example for people. Knowing this would you rather be the one known for being the one who encouraged others, or the one who inadvertently discouraged those around you? (Josh Hinds)
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines foolish as showing or arising from folly or lack of judgment. Through observation and my own personal life experience I have become convinced that when we allow our heart instead of our head to rule us, we often make foolish decisions and in many cases, act foolishly. Why is it when someone says something to us that we need to hear or that makes us feel important or special we have a tendency to accept it at face value rather than question it intellectually? I would venture to say that in these circumstances we have allowed the decision to accept what was said to be made from our heart and not our head. Too often, our need to belong, to be loved, and to be needed take precedence over our rationale. Even more disturbing is the fact that there are individuals in our society who eagerly take advantage of the needs of these people. They promise committment, love, passion, and loyalty when in fact, the perpetrator of the deceit is really concerned for his/her own gratfication and nothing else. In these situations, someone usually gets badly hurt. I guess I am simply questioning why people sometimes allow themselves to be used in this way and why other people are so willing to take advantage of the victims.