Perhaps it may turn out a sang,
Perhaps turn out a sermon.

-- R. Burns Epistle to a Young Friend

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Proverb

If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. -- Proverbs 29:9

I had no idea that Solomon had internet access or that he watched MSNBC.  Maybe they had better ratings back then. 

We don’t have discussions or debates these days.  Instead we have snide remarks and attempts at one-upmanship.  No one wants to be William Buckley.  We have even lost the taste for amusing bon mots in the style of Oscar Wilde, substituting shock for humor and crudity for cleverness.  Our vaunted Information Age and advanced communications networks bring us (which, I confess, I do sometimes read) and “The Daily Show”.  People are so confused that they believe the demographic makeup of situation comedies and police dramas represent the real world.   

Those who say that two and two make four, that the laws of physics are not optional, or that there is no such thing as a free lunch are looked upon with disdain.  We are regarded as uncompassionate, uninformed, anti-science luddites.  Meanwhile the fools and false prophets are feted for being famous and fawned upon in the gossamer new empires of the air.  Stupidity, ignorance, perfidy, and perniciousness are discounted as the masses cling to every word from the mouths of courtesans, court jesters, and – uh, knaves.

The thing is that we don’t have to prove reality.  The truth will prove itself.  It is possible to avoid the consequences of bad decisions for a while.  Drunk drivers don’t always crash or get arrested the first time they try to drive under the influence.  When you sow a seed, it takes a while for the harvest to come in.  In the interim, the fool laughs. 

In the end, God laughs.    


USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"In the end, God laughs."

Aye! That He does!
Somehow that is comforting unless He's laughing at us rather than with us.

Rick said...

Where "nails in the coffin" comes from. And Marley's chains.

mushroom said...

Thanks, guys.