Your Own Worst Enemy

One of my all-time favorite movies is Oh Brother Where Art Thou. I have many times over watched it just for the music. But the story itself has always been something entertaining.

It dawned on me the other day that there was something else about the movie that struck me, even though I had left the thought unexamined. Watch this scene, and what follows will make a lot more sense.

First, a little background for those who may have missed out on this awesome movie. The three characters in this scene are Big Dan (John Goodman), Everett (George Clooney), and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). Delmar is the classic village idiot, and from the very first scene in the movie, we are shown that this guy has about as much sense a bird in the sky. He is blissfully unaware of how the world around him works. Everett is a guy who is overly impressed with himself. He uses his big vocabulary as a way of reassuring himself that he is the big man, the one in charge, and the one who is superior. Then we have Big Dan. Big Dan is there to eat chicken and kick ass, and he just ran out of chicken. In this scene, our village idiot is the first one to figure out that things are going sideways. He understands, just a little too late, that Big Dan intends harm. Even after Delmar is attacked twice by Big Dan, Everett is still chattering away, completely unaware that he has just promoted himself to being the village idiot, in a village of idiots. He did this through his own sense of superiority. He assumed that, because he was the man with the plan, that he was untouchable and simply could not be disliked, much less physically attacked.

There are a lot of people who make unwarranted assumptions. They think that their worldview, or political doctrine, or style/system/martial art philosophy makes them superior or somehow above the huddled masses. They are their own enemy, but they are blind to this fact.

Confidence is a good thing. A great thing! But, confidence should never take the place of awareness and preparation. As always, likes and shares are deeply appreciated!