A few thoughts About Obstinacy

Grandma J sometimes had to remind me not to allow my redheaded temper to become stubbornness. Looking back, I don’t believe I had more boyhood temper-tantrums than my young non-ginger haired peers. In hindsight, it seems that many of my accusers believed this negative, stereotype about all people who have red hair. Meanwhile, according to several other relatives, I was a fairly, laid-back, mellow boy. There were few signs of excess stubbornness nor obstinacy in my make-up.

I agree with those elders because I’ve pretty much been a “going with the flow” type of guy. However, I was surrounded by many obstinate grownups including my father, one very opinionated great-uncle, and a few bullheaded teachers. There were a few contrarian classmates to spice up classroom discussions. Otherwise, in my estimation, I pretty much fit in with everyone else in behavior and personality.

“Obstinate people do not hold opinions; opinions hold them.”–my college sociology instructor, Dr. Harold Prosacco.

If Doctor Prosacco was still alive today, I’m sure he would have a lot to say about the extreme levels of obstinacy present in today’s society. It seems that staunch, fanatical views are held by a great many national leaders and their followers. It seems as if they have formed their personal identities around their opinions about politics and religion, then locked themselves inside those boxes. I’d love to hear Prosacco present a lecture about today’s deadlock in the U.S. national debate. I’m sure it would be enlightening to say the least.

We humans are largely influenced by circumstances. Therefore act according to what we deem expedient and smart in some situations while being shrewd and unwise under different scenarios. To act in the same manner under different circumstances is not consistency, but is instead foolish and obstinate. Many of our institutional leaders appear to exhibit such false consistency by fanatically clinging to their own rhetoric and views.

Meantime, I still try to be mindful about my so-called redheaded temper. I’m probably also obstinate sometimes, but this trait seems to diminish as I grow older.

Ciao
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 19th century conservative English statesman, Robert Peel. “Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.” ย 

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8 Responses to A few thoughts About Obstinacy

  1. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    ๐Ÿ’œ Yet another of The 24,000,000 EveryOne; the Ascension Team Builds ItSelf…just Take Care in Deciding whether to Communicate in 3D, 3D/4D and/or 0D Thru 5D; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that I Do (doesn’t mean We ARE Married but it does mean We ARE One who ARE Many Rather than Many who ARE One aka Diversity

    …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

    • Jaesjabber says:

      I too am auburn and I follow no one literally. What is wrong with being obstinate? Stand for something or fall for anything? Oh and I love God but not because someone told me to.

  2. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    ๐Ÿ’œ Basically EveryOne; here ARE The Steps:

    Step One – “God” plants a seed
    Step Two – Goddess Gives Birth
    Step Three – “God” Stays or Goes

    …is this bitter; talking about single parenting ๐Ÿค” ?…

    …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

  3. Jaesjabber says:

    Thereโ€™s only one of each of usโ€auburnโ€ was a way of distinguishing myself from the other Ginger, red heads, fire crotches, whatever. I apologize if I come off a bit crass. No I donโ€™t. Iโ€™m brutally honest first with myself then usually in repentance to God, the in between time is when u will see the kind loving, sometimes hateful, outspoken, opinionated duality that I think lives inside each of u. What Iโ€™ve seen so far is very little friendliness for new old girls. Itโ€™s saddening actually because older people can be some of the most wise old. Young peoplbv

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