Let go of the salt


15 days ago by siggi

When wasting time this morning, browsing through TikTok videos that were uploaded to YouTube, I came across an interesting video with a fragment from Dave Chapelle. If you don’t know who Dave Chapelle is, he is a very well-known American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer (according to Wikipedia).

He was telling the story of when he quit the Chapelle’s Show, on Comedy Central, and walked away from a $50 million dollar deal. One of the reasons cited for him leaving was this comment from Time magazine:

“Coming here, I don’t have the distractions of fame. It quiets the ego down. I’m interested in the kind of person I’ve got to become. I want to be well-rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well-balanced. I’ve got to check my intentions, man.”

The story in the YouTube video* was a bit different. He told the story something like this:

“I watched one of these nature shows one time and they were talking about how a bushman finds water when it’s scarce, and they do what is called a ‘salt trap.’ I didn’t know this, but apparently, baboons love salt. So, they put a lump of salt in a hole and they wait for the baboon. The baboon comes, sticks his hand in the hole, grabs the salt, the salt makes his hand bigger, and he’s trapped and can’t get his hand out. Now, if he’s smart, all he does is let go of the salt. The baboon doesn’t want to let go of the salt. Then the bushman comes, grabs the baboon, throws him in a cage, and gives him all the salt he wants! And then the baboon gets thirsty, the bushman lets him out of the cage, the first place the baboon runs to is water, the bushman follows him, and they both drink to their fill. And in that analogy, I felt like the baboon, but I was smart enough to let go of the salt.”

Are you the baboon that doesn’t let go of the salt?

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAwDds71f5g