Lesson 4, part 2: The cocoon mentality

*This is second part of the fourth lesson in a series of six posts I am doing on the six lessons I wish I had known better in school

Butterflies, such beautiful creatures. Whoever came up with the phrase butterflies in my stomach did the butterflies a great disservice. I would assume that was a good feeling but instead it is the opposite. Everything is a process, a butterfly develops in four stages

  1. The first stage: the egg
  2. The second stage: the larva(caterpillar)
  3. The third stage: Pupa (Chrysalis)
  4. The fourth stage: Adult butterfly

For this post I am interested in the third step, the pupa.  As soon as a caterpillar is done growing and they have reached their full length/weight, they form themselves into a pupa, also known as a chrysalis.  From the outside of the pupa, it looks as if the caterpillar may just be resting, but the inside is where all of the action is.  Inside of the pupa, the caterpillar is rapidly changing. The butterfly is however not exposed to the outside world at all. There can be an apocalypse but it would not even know. This is where the term “cocoon mentality” came from. The butterfly at this point is totally isolated from the rest of the world. However, the isolation is only for a certain period of time.

In the previous post I talked about jacks of all trades and the demerits of being one. As a result most people misinterpret the message leading to what the elder population refer to as the ignorant generation. How many of the three questions below can you answer without resorting to Google? Give it a try and please be honest

  1. In the forthcoming general elections how many leaders will you elect?
  2. Who is Mitt Romney’s running mate? (Please don’t ask who Mitt Romney is)
  3. When will Kenya hold it’s next general elections?

I have purposely asked about politics because most youths assume that it doesn’t affect us in any way. This will be a topic for another day so let me not dwell on it. You need to know what is going on around you. It doesn’t need to be in depth knowledge but you need at least to have an idea. Most coders have a problem, we can only take about code and as a result when we meet with people who are in other fields we run out of words pretty fast.

Get out of the cocoon, butterflies themselves never stay there permanently.



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