Sincere ignorance and Conscientious stupidity

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Trying to apply law to franchising’s woes is way, way beyond foolish. What you or I or a battalion of victims do is irrelevant because you’re trying to breathe air into a corpse.

  • The pain you feel is grieving. Wake yourself: Wake franchising.

Pain is mandatory in this life; suffering is optional. Thrash around as much as you like but know that others such as Kahlil Gibran have come before you. They have an understanding that is different from yours.

Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility: For this hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen…

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

Trickery succeeds sometimes, but it always commits suicide.

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty.

This is the bitch: I had to do exactly as you are doing now to start to become detached. You may feel that you have to repeat this seemingly endless cycle of complaint/faux listening/movement/betrayal.

You are the way and the wayfarers. And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.

You can, however, stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before.

This is called progress in a civilized society.

One Response to Sincere ignorance and Conscientious stupidity

  1. Carol Cross says:

    Breathing Air into a Corpse! Again, appearances are deceiving and the carrot of “hope” and the natural desire of humans to believe in justice and law and to believe that the purpose of law is to deliver justice leads to an abundance of litigation in the courts. It may be that the appearance of the litigation, itself, is deceiving.

    As you once said, Les Stewart, the judge told you, you did the best “due diligence” possible ——- but you signed that contract and you lost. You didn’t know you were declared dead in failure????and this is the intent of all franchisees agreements throughout the world.

    The special interests have no desire to find out whether franchising could stand in a really “free market” where the odds of failure or success or profits would be disclosed to new buyers of franchises by the mandated disclosure of unit performance statistics of franchise systems. Do they rationalize that a free market in which franchisors of same or similar concepts would have to compete for franchisee labor and capital would reduce competition among franchisors and not serve the public or the special interests because overall economic activity would not be as great?

    I have a cousin who is a retired Economics Professor and published, of course. Maybe I should make contact and ask this question! Do the “powers that be” justify this dishonest regulation of franchising as serving the “greater good?”


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