Proverbs 10:8 (NIV) The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Proverbs 10:8 (NLT) The wise are glad to be instructed,
but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.
A wise person is one who loves to learn and appreciates those with knowledge. They want to take advantage of education to learn. A fool can memorize something but that does not mean they have wisdom. It means they memorized something. A wise person will take what they learn and use discernment and understanding to put 2+2 together. But the wise person realizes when they don't have the education they need in a subject. For instance, I know I don't have the education to be a medical doctor. Therefore, when I am sick, I go to someone who has a medical degree and I listen to the doctor. I appreciate my doctor's education, experience and knowledge.
But some people think they know everything and refuse to acknowledge that others have information, advice and wisdom they can take advantage of and learn from. I think of teenagers who seem to go through a stage where they are so sure they know it all. They aren't about to listen to Grandpa, or Mom or Teacher. They already know it all and "quit treating me like a child!" Of course, when they say that, it's an alert to the parent that said child is not so mature as they think they are. An adult would say, "Thank you, Mother, I'll take that into consideration"; or, "Thank you, Grandpa, I hadn't even thought of that. You are right and I was wrong." I wonder how many times my Mother and Father had to bite their tongues when I talked like a fool as a teenager and young adult? My parents were really good. They listened and asked questions and made suggestions but they didn't make me feel like a fool. That shows their maturity and wisdom. Now I look back and wonder how they tolerated me, LOL!
None of us come into this world knowing everything. We have to learn. We need education. We need to be led until we can truly think deeper than 30 seconds. A toddler can't think beyond a minute. As the child grows they are able to think and focus for longer times but they need help in learning depth of thought. A 10 yr old may think all the President of the United States has to do is print more money and make everybody rich. That's simplistic, flat thinking. Someone has to show them how to think more indepth. Just printing more money would destroy the economy and end up in worldwide chaos but they can't see it at first. It's why teachers of older children, pre-teens, and teenagers begin to task them with projects that require research, analysis and conclusions.
Unfortunately many young people today can become adults without learning how to think indepth on a subject. They don't know what they are talking about and are still flat thinkers. They never learned how to research, see cause and effect and develop reasoned conclusions. They still think all you have to do is print more money!
What is frightening is even young people who have gone to college are still coming out of college without an ability to think beyond an initial thought and yet, these children, in adult bodies think they know everything and are allowed to vote! And, in the case of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have become an elected leader. She is a Representative for New York's 14th district in Washington, DC. And it sounds like she doesn't know the first thing about how U.S. government works! She has shown no deference or respect for the elders in the Democratic Party leadership in Washington, DC (which may be a good thing because Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would teach her all about how to be another corrupt politician). As soon as she won, she began running her mouth and hasn't stopped. Her petticoats are showing! I.e. her ignorance is showing but she won't be quiet long enough to learn something and get a grip on reality.
Prating - to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble; to talk stupidly, or about things that are not important, for a long time.
A prating fool.
This would be funny if it weren't serious. But she's not the only one so it's rather frightening!
A wise person would realize when they are lacking in information and would seek it out. They would listen to others and take into consideration other points of view. They would appreciate and respect those who could teach them a thing or two. A know-it-all is not wise but a "babbling fool". They never listen to others. They refuse to take instruction because they want to be in charge!
I found this hilarious snip of video from the Carol Burnett Show. A man, Tim Conway, comes in for a haircut. He just wants a trim. But the hairstylist, Carol Burnett, won't stop talking and babbling along and won't listen to a word he says.
- Have you gotten to an age where you can look back and realize you thought and said some pretty silly things when you were young?
- Did you ever feel like you knew better and were smarter than your elders?
- Have you experienced a time when you learned something `and realized you had been wrong? How did you react? Were you able to accept you were wrong or did your pride get in the way and you kept insisting you were right?
- What role does pride have in this proverb?
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