Write About Foolish Men Not Great Men. (Insight from Game of Thrones)


One can gain info from every situation so long as the person has a welcoming spirit for information. Many see the Game Of Thrones as mere entertaining series informing the world on how powerful people betray and kill with hopes of ruling 7 kingdoms. Blood spilled on the iron throne is an amount which fiction tends to over-emphasize. But I see Game of Thrones as a bank of lessons. There is a thing I always search for when watching numerous series. That is, Insightful Quotes; quotations from characters that teach something, that can help as well as prevent me from committing the same mistakes committed by people who once lived in my state of ignorance. My scanning trait has always loved Tyrion Lannister, the role of a scorned but proud midget played by talented actor, Peter Dinklage. The character taught me to love and accept my state regardless of what people said or felt about me. Tyrion told the bastard of the Stark family, Jon Snow (played by Kit Harrington) and I quote the dialogue. Take note, this ensued after Snow was angry at Tyrion for calling him a bastard.

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.

Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?

Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes.”


Anyway, most of the credit should go to George R. R. Martin for writing Game of Thrones. Tyrion later said something along the episodes and that is the inspiration for this post. He said,
It turns out far too much has been written  about great men and not nearly enough about morons. It doesn’t seem right.”

My understanding of this goes like this, there should be accounts on foolish people in history and the consequences of their stupid actions. This will do well to inform many and the unknown posterity to come, the true facts hidden in being a moron. We are tired of reading tales about Alladin, Tintin, etc. We are so used to the great stories of men like Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi and Abraham Lincoln, that the values found in their arduous efforts to be of value to their respective societies have been normalized and eroded from our mindset. After all, the majority in society are definitely not the great in society. Morons are normally the many because they follow the masses blindly. Unfortunately, morons learn from morons and great men learn from great men. The status quo needs to change. Lessons can come from the weak in society. We can learn from mistakes committed and perpetuated by stupid people. As long as stupid people learn from morons, writing about them will go in the other way to be an informant of the hurdles to be crossed in order to be great.


Instead of writing about the great men of Uganda, you can write about wicked men like Idi Amin. Instead of writing about those who fought for Ghana‘s independence (Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Big Six, etc), you can write about those who held the then Gold Coast in oppression and the aftermath leading to the people’s awareness that their home was colonized for their gold and various resources. Instead of writing about Batman, we can write about the Joker and how his life ended.

Changing the trend will change the results, for the current results are not pleasing. Write right. Gaining great people starts from you and me. Do not omit losers from your speeches, they have much to share.


Food for thought: “Love yourself if you make mistakes. It means you always try new things. Hate yourself if you keep on making the same mistakes. It simply means you don’t learn.” – AcHaaB_dAn

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