Hello, ladies and gentlemen. It has been a while, and I have a different take on the “Will Smith Slap.” Yes, yes. I know… “this is staged. It’s a distraction.” That’s not my point here, whether it is staged or not. What Will did is wrong. We all know that. But my point is that Will Smith is a collected guy, and he seems to have excellent communication skills and high emotional intelligence.
Now, he’s the “aggressive guy, a bully, whipped by his wife, easily manipulated, soft, and emotional disaster.” When people show such patterns, then yes, it pertains to their character. He’s not that guy from what is known and what others say about Will Smith. And that reminded me of the verse in Ecclesiastes 10:1, “As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.” All his hard work is now tainted by a foolish moment, and it’s quite sad.
You can sometimes be a collected person, but all that goes out the window when you have a bad day or are enduring a difficult season in your life. And guess what, people aren’t that forgiving. People merely say it, but they show you that they don’t mean it with their actions. That doesn’t mean allowing toxic people whose patterns never change in your life. With such people, it’s okay to block or create distance.
Moreover, the person that never asks, “Was it my fault?” or “Am I the problem?” or “Am I being toxic?” “What areas do I need to work on?” has a stunted mindset. Why? Because it’s always someone else’s fault, never theirs. And they never assume responsibility for their actions. Years go by, and their mind never grows. They’re in a perpetual toddler mindset. To make a mistake and learn from it is what helps us grow. We’re never going to be perfect. But as long as we are learning, we have a chance at growth.
Another point that I wanted to make is that Will now has a luxurious lens, which is, who’s truly his friend. Now, being a good friend also involves telling your loved ones, “Hey, you messed up. that wasn’t right. But I’m here for you to work this out.” When people have money and stability, it’s easy to have friends, and that reminds me of another verse in the Bible, in the book of Proverbs, “Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them” (19:4).
However, in spite of wealth, when dishonor and a huge failure and mistake are present, people quickly bolt the other way and open their lips to disparage a person, “Yeah, he’s a piece of crap person. He always has been.” Jealous, envious, frenemies, ungrateful, and cowards are always the first to speak up and throw dirt at a person when they are down. And here I mean peers, family, and friends who have worked with Will. The rest o us, well, of course, we’re going to have an impression and thoughts on what happened.
Now, had this been Kanye West or Eminem, then I would understand all the negativity. That’s not condoning Will because he does need repercussions for his actions. But the heinous things many (again, his peers & friends) are saying about him are a bit far-fetched.
I’ll end this here because everyone has stated their opinions, and I’ve heard both sides. Still, I wanted to give mine, and add another element to it which was Ecclesiastes 10:1.
What are your thoughts?