Double Vision with Charlie Adley
When I realise I’ve been incredibly stupid, I become excited; all of a quiver. Neither a potato with legs nor a member of Mensa, I like to think I’m smart enough, and then, bam, I hear something I should know, or say something crass and I’m instant Homer Simpson.
As long as my ignorance has been benign, with no blood spilt, no dreams trodden on or hearts broken, I will revel in my own folly.
A few days ago I was sitting in my front garden with a good friend of mine, debating the difference between extrovert and introvert.
“I’m an introvert,” he said, “but I also need time with others. Of course, it’s all a spectrum anyway.”
That was my moment. My jaw still feels like dropping when I think of how fast and wide runs my River of Dumbness.
Shock and disgust came on heavy and strong, because they were built on two separate areas of my own ignorance.
The first was simply that I couldn’t believe I’d never thought about it in those terms, given that this whole introvert/extrovert malarkey fascinates me.
In no small way it has defined my major relationships and the way I live.
The second reason I was shocked was that all my adult life I’ve lived frustrated by the way others dwell in the land of absolutes, when it’s starkly clear to me that just about every aspect of the human condition exists within a spectrum.
Goodness knows why I’d chosen to perceive introvert/extrovert in absolute terms. I suspect that ego was involved, in that I am an extreme case of introvert, and by making the huge misjudgment of creating a false normal, the idea of moderation never occurred to me.
To read Charlie’s column in fulll, please see this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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