Hero or Fool

By all appearances, he was at the apex of his career. He was known as a collector of fine arts, a man of unquestionable integrity. He was regarded by many as the epitome of financial success and many watched him to see what his next accomplishment might be.

But then something really bizarre happened. He gave away his collection of fine arts. He liquidated most of his personal assets. He even sold off all of his business interests.

His friends and colleagues were flabbergasted by the man’s sudden change. And his wife and adult children were furious with the loss of their potential inheritance.

When asked why he took such drastic action by a member of the press, he said that he was done with the material world. He said that he was surrounded by greed and unenlightened self-interests that were destroying humanity and the planet, and that he could no longer sit back and quietly or passively condone what was happening all around him. He said it was time to change the orientation of humanity and society from selfishness to compassion. It was time to save the planet.

To that end, he said that he would be donating all of the proceeds from his art collections and the businesses he sold to various charities that would focus on restoring the environment and promoting equality for all citizens of the planet. And then he pledged to reduce his own carbon footprint to zero by living a modest life in solitude in a rustic cabin high atop a hill and deep in the woods.

Some thought of him as a hero. Others thought of him as a fool. But he felt that nobody ever heard his concerns, nobody ever listened. They thought he had his head in the clouds. And it got to the point that he believed being thought of as a fool on a hill with his head in the clouds was better than wallowing around in the muck that surrounded us all.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (appearance), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (apex) Your Daily Word Prompt (integrity), Ragtag Daily Prompt (watched), Word of the Day Challenge (bizarre), My Vivid Blog (collection), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (orientation).

15 thoughts on “Hero or Fool

  1. rugby843 February 1, 2022 / 2:46 pm

    Excellent F!

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  2. Lou Carreras February 1, 2022 / 4:10 pm

    Perfect point about the heirs being mad at his actions. True to real life.

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  3. Nope, Not Pam February 2, 2022 / 1:40 am

    A very clever tale.

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