He was a big man. He owned big buildings, had a big bank account, and told everyone that he was very, very smart. He was so big that he decided that it was only fitting that he should become the ruler of one of the biggest countries on the planet.
He went to battle and called his fellow tribesmen names. He told the world how ugly, weak, lazy and little they all were. The tribesmen bowed their heads and turned their necks, exposing their jugulars, in the universal sign of defeat.
The big man promised all the people in the country that he would keep them safe. He said that if any bad people from other countries crossed him, he would make them suffer.
Then one day, a little, lady dressed in white came along.
She didn’t agree with the way the big man wanted to do things. She wanted people to have choices and not do it the way the big man wanted. The big man called her names. He said she did very bad things and tried very hard to have all the people mock her and attack her.
The lady in white wasn’t afraid of the big man. She studied very hard, worked very hard, and slowly but surely examined all his promises and showed how they were silly promises.
The more the lady in white explained, the angrier and angrier the big man became.
One day a lot of other ladies, who used to be afraid of the big man, came out and said how mean he was to them. The big man said it wasn’t true, but now a lot of people didn’t believe him.
Then there was a big meeting in front of thousands and thousands of people. The big man and the lady in white explained how each would rule the kingdom. The lady in white didn’t say she was smart, but she was able to explain very complicated issues in a way that made a lot of people nod in agreement. The big man just yelled and called names and said how wonderful and smart he was. The more the big man yelled, the smaller he became. By the end of the battle he was the size of a little grasshopper.
If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.