Wednesday, September 02, 2009

One-Sentence Random Thought #9.

When Bo Diddley suggested, "Don't let your mouth write a cheque that your tail can't cash," he was really on to something, because this is about the most important advice that anyone could ever receive, ever.

1 comment:

Coleman said...

On the other hand...

There was an Old English tradition (we're talking 1st and 2nd centuries here) that encouraged bragging (the gielp or the beot, which I think I remember referring to whether you're talking up past deeds or future ones, but don't quote me on that).

At their gatherings they had a Bragging Cup that would be passed around, and you'd take a drink and make a boast (this sort of drinking and boasting of course never goes on anymore, not a bit of it...).

The reason for it I believe is thought to be it discouraged one from turning tail and running in battle, which was quite a gory affair in those days--but if you've been boasting about your prowess, perhaps you're less likely to do so.

So in other words you are encouraged to let your mouth write a check your tail can't cash, assuming that it will lead to at least getting something out of your tail.

So, like much wisdom, Bo Diddley's advice is good; and yet there is wisdom also in its opposite.