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Murdered by Redundancy

A disease out there is killing people in large numbers. Worse than HIV, this disease has the ability to destroy without so much as a warning. Let me explain.

The past few days, I have been thinking about George Bush’s presidency. I don’t exactly know why my thoughts keep going to this man. Perhaps, it has to do with his memoir that has been getting a lot of heat lately. I particularly remember the high spikes in gas pricing during his era. In some places, gas was reaching the five-dollar mark. I remember a CNN reporter asking him if he knew Gas was that expensive. His response had been “I didn’t know.” From that time onwards, this man lost me as a fan, not that I had been much of a fan anyway.

I found myself asking the question, “How can a President not know the state of his own country?” Remarkable. How can the leader of the free world be so unaware that he is almost outmoded? I have always  known that as human beings, and most especially, as adults, it is our duty to stay informed no matter what. In this world of high-speed internet, face booking, tweeting, and all other free social networking sites, what is going to be the excuse if one doesn’t know what the heck is going on in the world?

The moral of the story is this: some slip-ups we can afford to make. Others, well…not so much. There is a type of self-caused blunder that you may never recover from. It is called ignorance, you know, when we say, “I didn’t know that’ or “I am not aware of that.” It is the lifestyle of always staying in the oblivious, which will eventually lead to redundancy. It will cost you. It even has the potential of killing you. Forget the saying that “What you don’t know can’t kill you.” The truth is, “What you know can actually save you, and what you don’t know can kill you.” As it was in the case of Bush, it killed his ability to become an effective president.  And if it can kill a president, trust me, even you are not immune.

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