I recently attended a trivia night at a local wing joint this last Tuesday evening, to meet up with a friend of mine that I had not seen in a long time. I did pretty well, I think. I know my fair share of useless, random trivia.
The first round included your basic run-of-the-mill general knowledge questions, such as:
“What kind of tool does Smokey the Bear carry with him?” (I was 100% sure I knew the answer to this. It is not an axe, I know that now.)
“What kind of animal has both African and Asian varieties?” (Elephants. I knew that one.)
But then, on the second round, the quite boisterous ‘one-man-show’ of a DJ tells us that there is a bonus question worth no points that is just for fun.
“What character trait do you work on the most?”
Quite the deep question for a wing-joint trivia night, I thought.
I looked at my teammates while we all thought about it. “Um…to not be a Dick?,” I say. He thinks about this quietly for a moment. “Soo…Humility?” he says as he writes our answer down. “Yes, that sounds better,” I said.
After the DJ gathered all of the answer sheets, it was time to read the answers.
“One team answered, ‘their smiles'” (which is not at all a character trait. I am not too concerned with losing to this group of bright individuals. Although in hindsight, maybe they meant to smile more, which could kind of count.)
“Another answer was, ‘social skills'” continued the DJ.
“And the most popular answer of the night,” he says, “is Humility.”
Wow, really? I was definitely surprised; pleasantly surprised that this was the most popular answer. It made me think. If this small group of chicken-wing-eating, general-knowledge-question-answering group of individuals are trying their hardest to work on their Not-being-a-Dick-edness,(aka Humility) then maybe there is hope for us as a species after all.
You could feel the spirits lighten amongst the other teams who had answered this question in the same way. You could almost feel an energy shift.
This little random event gives me hope that we, as a species, are tapping into our collective unconsciousness, and it’s telling us that it’s time for change.
Please, do yourself and the rest of mankind a favor, and work on your Humility, today.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Gandhi