In my #suspense/thriller #THE POISON CUP, the Farnes brothers, Bennie and Rufus, provide comic relief. A more sinister character, Salvino, “hires” them to do some of his dirty work for which he has no intention of paying them. He has sized them up as #fools merely to use and exploit them.
A friend who likes to debate ideas with me says one definition of a fool is a person who acts unwisely or imprudently. Then he questions me as to why the public so often honors fools by crediting them with more wisdom than they possess. According to Proverbs 26:1, “As snow in summer and rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.” (KJV).
My friend declares that because one is a talented athlete or singer or movie star is no reason to extol the individual’s opinions outside his/her field of expertise. In his view, popularity derived from talent, wealth and good looks does not speak to a person’s character which ought to matter in judging someone’s opinions on social and political issues. He says he enjoys watching a talented basketball star or watching a movie with good acting, but when it comes to politics and social issues, he refuses to be influenced by celebrities who use their popularity as a platform to shape public opinion. As I heard my friend remark, “Just because you can play someone smart doesn’t mean you are smart.”
Is it possible as John Q. Public, he asks, that we confuse the real with the role-playing? Isn’t it incumbent upon all of us to use discretion about whom we listen to and to evaluate their opinions by their lifestyle and principles, not their words and popularity? Emotionally charged issues and great sounding rhetoric can blind us to good sense and reason.
My friend says if we honor fools, we make ourselves foolish? I’ve been pondering that. Is it a valid statement?
Back to THE POISON CUP, we can laugh at exploitation of fools in fiction. So, I’ll close this blog on a lighter note with an excerpt from the novel:
Salvino had witnessed Turner humiliate Bennie Farnes in the diner…he began to consider how he could use the Farnes brothers to his advantage…
“When you said there was some bread in it for us, how much we talking about? We ain’t doin’ your dirty work for chicken feed,” Rufus said.
“How does a thousand sound?”
Rufus took a deep breath. “A thousand smackaroos? Just for roughing up Turner and spreadin’ some rumors?” The brothers lit up like Christmas trees. Bennie whistled and Rufus expressed his joy with a profusion of profanities…
Inwardly, Salvino was laughing at the thought of these clowns with a thousand bucks.