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Grey hair equals wisdom

July 26, 2012

Tonight I feel like writing. I can’t sleep. So here goes…

I’ve always a degree of admiration for people with grey hair. For me it’s the mark of a wise person. I’m sure some of you will not agree with this statement. Of course it’s a superficial notion. What has grey hair got to do with wisdom right? I’ve got no arguments to support my theory but it’s just the way I feel about the matter. When I was doing my pupillage, my master had a head full of grey hair. You should see the guy perform in court. I say “perform” because he is what you’d call a gallery guy. He puts on a show for the gallery. He’ll pose questions to the witness and take the occasional glance at the gallery as if showing the people seated there, “look at me in action”. And the guy packs a powerful punch. Great litigator, has confidence by the bucketloads. The moment he enters the courtroom, I could tell that the more junior judges (mostly in the Sessions Court) had a lot of respect for him. And accords him such respect.

For some reason, I think the grey hair had something to do with it. Rightly or wrongly. And that was not the only example I could quote. Being very used to the courts, I could see that most great lawyers have got grey hair. Lots of it. So despite the apparent crusade of guys against having grey hair, I welcome it. Although not to the point of being obsessed of course. I notice that in while in my current employment, the volume of grey hairs has grown quite exponentially. I get comments from friends who notice it as well. I think with the level of stress I face on a daily basis, it’s going to spread to cover my head in no time.

Have I gotten wiser in line with the increase of grey hair? I guess to a certain extent I have. I am now more measured in my actions. I don’t trip at every single problem any more. The level of composure has also noticeably increased. I’m sure in reality this is a total waste of an exercise. That grey hair has got nothing to do with wisdom. To be fair, I’ve got a friend who had substantial grey hair when we were in Form 5. Believe me, he was not a wise person then judging from his countless juvenile antics. But to prove a point, I have substantial grey hair now, and I still have my juvenile antics. To the point that a person actually said I let out the boy in me rather more often than necessary. So being a bit of a boy doesn’t dilute the correlation between grey hair and wisdom.

So, I’ve made my point. Although I honestly think it’s a weak one, but who cares? The internet is a place where you can express yourself, is it not? One caveat though. Grey hair rules. No hair sucks.

Sean Connery

Grey hair equals wisdom? Definitely! Photo courtesy of Google.

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    God made all heads bald, the ugly ones, he left it with white hair. Sean Connery is a very wise man, but he is bald and in reality he is bald but with a little white hair. Well reality bites, but it’s a thin line between blad and white hair

    • The thought may be a superficial one, but this is one of those superficial thoughts that the more you think of it, the more it makes sense.

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