Bumpkin: (n) a socially awkward person from the countryside
After all, since we’ve decided to suck on the juice from the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, we have become a prideful race, who contend “the more you know, the smarter you get.”
But a lot of people have accumulated data without ever becoming smart. I believe there are four ways to be smart, which cause you to escape the world of “bumpkin:”
- Emotionally smart.
Basically, that’s admitting, “I can’t help anyone else if I’m a freaked-out mess.”
- Spiritually smart.
“I was never created to be an angel, so I need enough God in my life to love my neighbor as myself.”
- Mentally smart.
I need to take in just enough new information that I can try it out for myself, and therefore confirm–within me–that there’s truth to it.
- Body smart.
“I don’t eat too much of anything, exercise enough that I feel refreshed, and sleep every chance I can.”
My finding is that the people who follow these simple “smart values” end up being very universal and valuable to the world around them.
A bumpkin is not a person from a particular location.
A bumpkin is someone who has not yet located how to be a person.