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     The notion of "thinking outside of the box" is exaggerated. It is often the case that people
    that venture too far from the box are people that do not know what they are doing, writes
   Tadesse Tsegaye (, a polyglot with experience in multicultural-cum-

                                institutional settings in resources management.

To Think Outside the Box's Overrated

Aground breaking                     knife, a cutter, spare leather,                            inside the box.                     opener, as my childhood friend
         practice in its early       and thread. Yet, they were never
         days, ”tooth jumping”       complete in his unusually big                              “When seeking professional most of the time did, he was able
         was once a common           pocket. Therefore, he unravelled                           help,” he wrote, “find people to fix it relatively quickly.
toothache remedy. It was the         hold-ups to urgent duties caused
extraction of a tooth by holding     by the absences of the tools by                            inside the box. Especially dentists. But he also combined some
a chisel at an angle against it and  using his teeth. He was a kid
striking it with a hammer for the    wonder as we marvelled at the                              Things outside that box can get out of the box thinking once he
tooth to jump out. In contrast,      strength of his teeth, coupled
entirely without meaning, first      with the speed with which he                               really scary.”                      mastered the profession. He told
mentioned centuries ago and          used to open the cap of bottled
intended to suggest infinity,        soft drinks.                          The “dentists” he    As we reminiscence, my friend       me how as a student, he himself
”abracadabra” is a word believed                                        used to frequent, some  was never able to find people       used to be shown how to handle
to be a charm with the power to      After a while, some of his molar                           ”inside the box.” The “dentists”    toothbrushes. He also added that
cure toothaches, fevers, and other   teeth started to get wobbly           of the traditional   he used to frequent, some of        his patients' observation was
ills. Undoubtedly, many people       with indescribable pain and             practitioners,     the traditional practitioners,      people abusing their teeth either
would have chosen the second         discomfort. He needed help, a                              had only built a profession in      wrongly applying what they were
remedy had it had any truth to it.   proper health practitioner, which      had only built a    pulling people’s teeth, whatever    told to do or just not following
                                     did not come in as handy as these   profession in pulling  the ailment. I asked him if he      any medical advice.
The issue popped up as I sat for     days.
a chat with a childhood friend                                               people’s teeth.    remembered whether he had help The idea of thinking outside of the
in a café. We had met earlier        In a HuffPost article, “Thinking
at a supermarket while he was        Inside the Box,” Eliezer Sobel,                            from a certified dentist. He never box seems enticing. But it is often
buying some apples. We started       author, recommends that
conversing as I took words right     healthcare services are better                             found any back then.                the case that people that venture
out of his mouth, as he did to       sought from people thinking
me, as we chalked up the virtues                                                                I told my friend about the dentist  too far from the box are people
of apples.                                                                                      I met three decades ago. I was      that do not know what they are
                                                                                                lucky to “find a man inside the     doing. The best adventurers, in
The list started with the saying,                                                               box.” After identifying damage      contrast, are those that have spent
”an apple a day keeps the doctor                                                                that most likely happened from      a great deal of time in the box and
away.” It took me a while as                                                                    opening a bottle cap of a soft      understand exactly why they are
I struggled to explain to my                                                                    drink, using my teeth as an         venturing out now.
friend to size the comparison
between apples and oranges, as
the latter is considered to have
more Vitamin C, thus better
contributing to immune defence.

As my friend removed his
face mask to sip his coffee, I
noticed an indentation on his
teeth, bringing vivid images of
some achy memory. My friend
has always been a picture of
health, a model of well-being,
with complimentary nicknames
describing his strength in
our childhood football team.
Moreover, his artisanal skill was

I remember he had his own
cobbler's tools like an awl, a

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