playwright /critic (1856-1950)
George Bernard Shaw was one of the most profound modern writers, playwright, music and drama critic, and distinguished philosopher of
. He was actually Irish (1856-1950). Since his youthful years he had been a shining gem among his peers and he made no attempt to hide his prowess in language use to express his vast knowledge of literary works, the world politics and history, music and arts, and whatever that was brewing in his mind. With his accomplished oratorial skill and ostentatious eloquence, he always stunned his listeners in his sardonic wits and humor, with his tales, opinion and criticism, and ideas as an egregious pundit of all fields. He had won wide spread admirations for his brilliant display of his outstanding intelligence in his time. However Bernard Shaw had no regards towards public relation with his peers who were actually his great admirers. He was indifferent to the feeling of others in his words when he talked and criticized their achievement, ethics and rhetoric to the point of belittling them point blank. Together with his feisty and belligerent character his peers eventually realized the sarvant was too overbearing, obnoxious and intimidating that they discarded him in their company, while he still basked in his personal glory in fame seeking and own cynicism. Great Britain
George Bernard Shaw in 1925
when he won the coveted Nobel Prize
Soon the satirical journalist/writer began to realize friends and associates were getting less and less; there were fewer people willing to be around him; some even conspicuously avoided him or ignore him when met. While he needed a platform with gathered crowd to assert his importance, Bernard Shaw suddenly became aware for the first time he was so disastrously wrong. Those were the words spoken to him from a senior in his niche that guided him to an awakening. It was over an afternoon tea whereby he sat down at a round table with his senior who had been a good confidant since they knew each other a long time ago. He then unexpectedly had an earful from someone he respected and whose friendship he valued.
Due to blind leader worship, this rotten rogue brought disasters and misery to tens of million people in Europe during WWII. Actually he was chicken-hearted, a real coward!
“Bernard, I noticed that there were fewer chaps surrounding you nowadays…….are you aware of that and do you know why?” While holding the tea cup filled with fragrant English tea, he continued, “Hear me, Bernard, no one ever doubts the excellence in your distinguished literary knowledge and career achievement; that’s for sure. Some of your words did carry hurtful overtures or connotation with regards to others’ feeling, though in most cases you spoke with jest in allusion but with repeated occasions those became offensive. They should appreciate your company whereby they could share your wisdom; instead they found that without your presence, they were happier and had more fun. Yes, it’s true they couldn’t compare and compete with you for distinctions; but with you around they were not comfortable to express their view points, so they choose to distance themselves from you. Tell me, why contribute to such an awful situation to become unpopular? What benefit will you gain?”
Bernard Shaw felt like being stricken with a home coming boomerang. The pain was there but that was the most appropriate and precise enlightenment. From that day onwards, Bernard Shaw showed deep remorse and was very careful with his comments and whatever things he wanted to say. He apologized profusely to all he had offended and became humble that no sooner he was well-loved again. He then committed himself to a life time of determined pursuit of literary and art works, drama and music as a prolific playwright and journalist; he remained a fiery but constructive critic. (He was an authority in commenting on William Shakespeare’s plays). The Anglo-Irish went on further in his work diligently to be awarded the coveted Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. He remained the only renowned writer till date to win an Oscar in Best Screenplay (1938) and a Nobel Prize in Literature. He was also the co-founder of The London School of Economics in 1895. George Bernard Shaw died at the ripe age of 94 in 1950 due to complication in his injury incurred after falling down while pruning a tree at his home.
Wiseman said: “It’s good to be smarter than others, but don’t let them know. Time will reveal your hidden talent and intelligence. On the other hand humble person will always be welcome and accepted readily to gain others’ trust. When one is humble and do not post a threat to others, he will be respected thus building up a solid human relationship. Silence is golden(It all depends). Listeners will scramble to get away like mice in a sinking vessel, when one chatty and annoying loudmouth keeps on harping on hogwash and humbug”
Alan Kok says: On hearing someone exaggerated on an issue or something he had done for which sounded incredulous, I would tell him softly: “When you’re so good, it’s hard to be humble.” Sorry for the subtle sarcasm.
Alan CY Kok
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