The Self Destructive Tendencies of ‘TMI’
“The greatest of all victory is the victory over self”~ Socrates.
So many people have failed to see the wisdom in the epigram quoted above for obvious reasons, the problem had to be external, as they find it difficult to process the fact that one can be a problem to him/ herself.
Before I go further let me state the meaning of TMI as used in this context. TMI simply means “Too Much Information”.
What is this one saying? Can information acquisition be too much? Is it not good to gather information as it transforms into knowledge? Well, in this case, it is not about information gathering but the information being released by individuals or a group.
In the ancient times in Jewish history, as recorded in the book of the Kings, a prophet was ordered by God to go and deliver a message to a particular King, Jeroboam by name. The message was a prophecy of what was to come, but God being all-knowing, knew what would befall the Prophet after he had delivered the message, so he gave the Prophet specific instructions for his personal consumption as a form of guidance to protect him.
When the Prophet got to Bethel and proclaimed the prophecy as God had said, the wrath of the King was stirred against the Prophet and he stretched forth his hand towards the prophet commanding that he should be seized. As the words came from the King’s mouth, the stretched out arm withered and also remained stretched, the king could not pull it back.
The king was humbled as he pleaded with the Prophet to plead on his behalf so that God should restore his withered arm. The Prophet did as he requested and the arm was restored as it was before. In appreciation, the King offered to host the prophet to a royal banquett and to give him a reward.
This was where the problem started! The prophet opened his mouth and started declaring the specific instructions that God gave him. He made public the information that was meant for his personal consumption. And he said:
“And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:
For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.”
And after he had declared the information, he turned and left.
The events that followed showed how the prophet endangered himself by releasing too much information!
If he had thanked the King and decline the kind gesture without stating his reasons would he have been crucified?
Are you curious to know what followed?
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Attitudinal & Behavioural Coach (ABC)
Author: The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.