Folly


“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?”
Proverbs 1:22

Inexperience, insolence and folly are three things that oppose wisdom and prevent man from seeing the light and saving his life. Inexperience leads him to commit numerous errors that have painful and unpredictable consequences, not only for himself but also for his loved ones as well. Few people analyze the root causes  that led them to make a mistake and therefore they never learn from their experiences. Clearly these people will not learn from the mistakes of others either. There are those who stubbornly cling to doing things a certain way all the time hoping to get different results every time. Someone said this is a good definition of madness. On the other hand we have insolence. An insolent person is a “loose cannon” to use an expression that is very common for describing these individuals. An insolent person is always disrespectful to anything that has to do with the authority, be it God, father, teacher, leader, or law enforcement agent. The weapons of the insolent are mockery and disobedience. His pleasure is anarchy. Finally, foolishness is violently opposed to the influence of wisdom, because a fool sees himself as superior to everybody else. Any teaching that does not come of himself will be regarded as invalid and unnecessary. A fool is not interested in knowing what other people think because the ideas of others have no place in his narrow mind.

As we can see these three fatal counselors, inexperience, insolence and folly are a burden and a chain on our feet on our path to wisdom. Ignoring their presence in our lives ─ albeit in limited proportions ─ can lead directly and easily to failure. Let us identify, then those aspects of our lives that are dominated by these harmful attitudes and let us take action to amend them so our path to wisdom is not impeded or blocked. Let wisdom be our constant companion. To God alone be the glory!

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