teach irresponsibility


“Oh,” you reply, “I’m not a teacher.”

I say, “Yes, indeed, you are.”

For example the guys in the picture are teaching each other how to cheat the boss, how to not tattle, how to be rested enough to play ball with their kids when they get home, or more likely, how to be rested enough to carouse until midnight.

No person can avoid being a teacher.

All students decide to accept or reject your content.

You are diligent, uncomplaining, and poor.  Everyone who knows you will be taught.  Perhaps they will decide to follow your ways, probably based on how much peace or happiness you show in spite of or because of being diligent, uncomplaining, and poor.

You are a careless, lying gossiper.  You teach the result of being a careless, lying gossiper.

You are a highly educated, prosperous snob.  You teach the result of a highly educated, prosperous snob.

You are a homeless addict, you teach the result of being a homeless addict.

You are a hermit living in the hills, still someone somewhere knows you are there and you teach that a person can be a hermit living in the hills.

You are from an abusive family, you teach abuse.

All people teach something.  It is a wise student who knows he is free to accept or reject what he is taught.


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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23 Responses to ME A TEACHER? NAH.

  1. pranabaxom says:

    ”It is a wise student who knows he is free to accept or reject what he is taught.” -. A lesson not learnt by many who decided to mortgage their brains to greed or deception.
    I started to read with scepticism but as I knew by now that there would be a twist, I read to the last.
    Well done Oneta.
    Now what did the devil teach you? Not to post your Easter post on Easter 😀

  2. Rockhorses says:

    That is… really good…, and really bad…, and…, really, really new! I love it and never thought of it that way before! But we all know who the best teacher is…. 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Rockhorses, I’m glad you found my blog of interest. See I’m finding a middle ground. Even Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” He seemed to imply that there might be some things about himself that were not commendable. So, dear friends, follow me as I follow Christ. I’m following but I’m not there. I see you have met Pranab. You hang around my blogs, you will see him. He is a wonderful poet. I can never knock his style, but do not always agree on content. Perhaps I should say “sometimes, seldom, never, once in a blue moon.” When we disagree, we disagree agreeably however. He is a worthy, honest, and stubborn opponent in our sparring practices. 😀

      • Rockhorses says:

        Really? I have not read his stuff only his comments he seems vary, well (I’m not jugging but judgey.) He seems nice though, I find it Interesting think about.

        • oneta hayes says:

          I told you he and I spar. Someone coming in in the middle probably wouldn’t know how much we look for opportunities to “stab” at the other. He takes it well from me also. I give as well as I take. 😀 He would agree with that. We do lots of lifting also. Another issue – Do you have a blog link I can use to reach you. I can only find a “sign up” in which I give you my e-mail which I do not do. I only go through Word Press. Your profile gives me very little info. Maybe the sign up is a newer way but I don’t care for it. I miss a lot of folks I would like to follow because of that. I only click the follow that shows up on home page.

  3. Faye says:

    Love the spin and the punchiness of what you write. Yes, indeed we all need to KINOW who is the greatest Teacher Who ever lived. We also need to REJECT all the ‘other stuff’. Take Care. Blessings.

  4. Shreya says:

    I love this post, Oneta.
    Everybody is indeed a teacher, might not be professionally but yes in life as general.
    Take care, Oneta.

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