Arguing with stupid people is like trying to kill the mosquito on your cheek. You may or may not kill it, but you will slap yourself.

Arguing with stupid people is like trying to kill the mosquito on your cheek. You may or may not kill it, but you will slap yourself.

How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you are arguing a topic that is pointless, with another party?

No matter how many times we reprimand ourselves from having done this in the past, we inevitably find ourselves once again, doing the same pointless task. 

When does it become ingrained within us to recognize that we are not going to be able to prevail, and that our best move is to acquiesce and bow out of the conversation? 

To find ourselves continually bantering words with another human being, who is not arguing with logic, is a complete and total waste of time and is burning precious moments of our life that could be spent on anything that is more interesting, productive, or satisfying. 

Life is a delicate balance of having interesting conversations with worthy individuals who are capable of understanding the topics we are talking about, and are desirous of exchanging interesting information, such that both parties benefit from the discourse. 

I personally enjoy having conversations with people who have a disparate perspective than that of my own, because in the course of hearing what they have to say, I am often times educated and find myself better for having had the discussion. 

Yet, I still find myself getting lured into discussions that are pointless, and I have made it a policy to recognize this earlier than I used to, so that I might be able to politely find a way to terminate the discussion. 

In many cases, the fastest way to do this, is to just allow them to believe that they are correct, and thank them for the discussion. 

If you try and have the last word in one of these conversations, the conversation will never end. 

It is far wiser to keep one’s mouth closed and be thought a fool, then to open it and confirm it. 

Happy Thursday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!