Low Bullshit Tolerance (LBT)

Ben Mmari
Ben Mmari
Feb 3, 2017 · 4 min read

Hi there,

Have you ever exhibited any of the following symptoms:

  1. An overall inability to entertain nonsense
  2. Continuously finding the need to roll your eyes at people
  3. Extreme levels of relationship-threatening sarcasm
  4. Experiencing multiple “smh” worthy moments, within the same day
  5. Very short attention span to things that don’t directly concern you.

If the answer is yes, then you are either:

A) An asshole

OR

B) Suffering from LBT (otherwise known as Low Bullshit Tolerance)

My first encounter with LBT

I was quite young, about 7 years old and we had just returned home from a long day at church. We had made our usual weekly post-church sustenance-acquisition trip to the local shopping center and upon reaching the house, we unpacked the car and I was tasked with the not so enviable assignment of taking the firewood inside (yes, we used to make actual fires, for heat — weird concept, I know).

Upon entering the lounge area, without giving it any thought at all I asked the — in hindsight, really dumb — question:

“Where should I put this?”(referring to the firewood, I was holding)

And naturally, my then teenage sister, (who I shall call A, for anonymity reasons in an attempt to conceal her identity) sarcastically replied:

“You can shove it up your ass”.

At first, I was quite taken aback. Why was she being so violent, it was an innocent question, and why should I put the firewood up my ass? What will the firewood be doing there, how long must I keep it there, can I even clench that long? do I need to start a fire in there? I don’t even know how to start a fire. What are the health implications of this?

Ladies and gentlemen, these are the questions that plagued me for the next 18 years of my life.

But now it all makes sense

Almost 2 decades later, I have come to realize that my dear kind loving sister, A, just had a Low Bullshit Tolerance at the time and my dumb questions were only adding onto the situation. I mean honestly, there are only so many places one can put firewood in the house. I.e WHERE ALL THE OTHER FIREWOOD IS :|.

Come to think of it, if that situation was to occur today, the current 24 year old me, would have given 7 year old me the exact same response. Life is way too short to entertain Bullshit (and sometimes even family is no exception).

“To bullshit or not to bullshit, that is the question”

BR (Bullshit Realization)

I strongly believe that in this life, we must all strive to be BA(Bullshit Aware), in order to ensure that we are BF (Bullshit Free), and we can only ever do this after we undergo a BR(Bullshit Realization).

Now Bullshit Realizations come in one of two forms, you either experience one sudden level of Spontaneous Bullshit Enlightenment, through a BRM (Bullshit Realization Moment) like pregnancy, marriage, bankruptcy, retrenchment, divorce, death etc or you gradually, over time become conscious of the bullshit through a BRP (Bullshit Realization Process), like a battle with sickness or a toxic relationship.

I personally went the BRP route and my process was starting and running my own business. This daily hustle (otherwise known as “The Grind”) really sheds light on a lot of things. When you have a company to manage, projects to complete, clients to please, and employees to pay, you really can’t afford to have any of your mental, emotional, physical or financial energy wasted on trivial BMs (Bullshit Matters, not to be confused with “Bowel Movements”) and as the projects pile up, bank account balances fluctuate and deadlines loom you come to truly realize the importance of the holy trinity :

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3. Relationships

While we are all well aware of the importance of the first two items on this list #timeIsMoney, the third item on the list, is sometimes overlooked, but it is extremely important. Because the people you spend the most time with and the people you talk the most, have a significant impact on your life and the higher they are on the BI( Bullshit Index), the more bullshit you have to deal with on a daily basis. And in order to avoid this, you really need to consider cutting ties with them. In order to be Bullshit Free you need to let go of the bullshit before it hits the fan.

There are many forms of bullshit

Bullshit comes in many different forms, it can either be a dumb question (like I explained earlier), a pointless activity, a draining relationship (both platonic and otherwise), a useless financial expense, a meaningless conversation, a fruitless investment etc etc The list is endless and while you do not need to know all of the different manifestations of bullshit that exist, you do need to be fully aware of them when they inevitably appear in your life.

So once again, if you are convinced that you are not an asshole but still happen to experience a number of the following symptoms:

  1. An overall inability to entertain nonsense
  2. Continuously finding the need to roll your eyes at people
  3. Extreme levels of relationship-threatening sarcasm
  4. Experiencing multiple “smh” worthy moments
  5. Very short attention span to things that don’t directly concern you.

Then you most likely have LBT (Low Bullshit Tolerance), which is great.

Let us all unite, and say no to bullshit.

#T4aM


NB: No livestock or fecal matter were harmed in the making of this blog post.

Ben Mmari

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Ben Mmari

Entrepreneur, Software Engineer, Author. I write about experiences in business, startups and life in general.

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