Listen Siblings, I come in peace,
“To black people like me, a fool is funny–you know, people who love to break bad, people you can’t tell anything to, folks that would take a shotgun to a roach.” — Mabel Lincoln
Gertrude Cosby, Bill Cosby’s grandmother, makes one popular “philosophical” question seem like nothing of import, rightly answering the riddle in seconds where some men of “book learning” pondered years to no avail. Her answer is especially informative because the question “Is the glass half full or half empty?” comes up by Africans whom, hit with ‘pessimistic’ facts (half-empty), suggest optimism (half-full); for instance, in response to how unproductive African people are where though our children attend schools, few of us, if any, manufacture bookbags–the retort would be “at least few among us are making bookbags;” or hit on the economic fact of 0.5% of the U.S.’ wealth being African, it’s seen as if 0.5% is alright (though we are 12% of the population and had 0.5% in 1860!) In essence, the riddle is used as a “paralysis of analysis” and a discouragement of organization. Though not anymore. When you read and understand Gertrude Cosby’s answer, you’ll learn how to dismiss the opposition and bravely organize our race! We’re growing. Count yourself among our ranks! Write as we build African Blood Siblings Community Centers for greater organization! Ours is a race to be restored! Subscribe, share, love.
Excerpt from “Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy”
by Bill Cosby
When you graduate from college, yes, you do have a degree, and yes, you have been studying the great writers with great professors and lecturers. You’ve figured out some answers to some pretty difficult questions and you’ve written some pretty good papers yourself. But you shouldn’t think that college can give you anything more than an education. It cannot teach you how to think. And you should never feel that, because you have an education, you are brighter than a person with a lesser one.
One day in debate class–I was at Temple University–the professor asked the students to come up with a position on a certain question and then defend that position. The question was: Is the glass half full or half empty?
Now this question seemed unanswerable. All my studying, all the books I read, all the education I had received couldn’t help me. My way of approaching the problem was to say the glass was both half full and half empty. But the professor had told us to take a position one way or the other and be prepared to debate it. I thought about it the rest of the day but nothing came to me.
So I went home that night–and my grandmother was there–and she saw me concentrating and so she asked me what was the matter.
“I’m supposed to figure out if the glass is half full or half empty,” I told her.
Without a moment’s hesitation, in a split second, my grandmother shrugged and said: “It depends on if you’re drinking or pouring.”