but fools despise wisdom and instruction." - Proverbs 1:7
Why, in a world or at least a culture that in theory values wisdom and instruction, would someone despise a source of wisdom and instruction? What is it to despise something?
"Despise: To look down upon with disrespect or aversion; to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful."
Do I despise instruction? No, I spend hours learning and reading to increase my learning and knowledge. I invest time and money into this activity as a primary activity in my life.
Do I despise wisdom? Have I not made a practice of posting of the teachings and sayings from every religion, every philosophy, every culture? My social media feed is filled with the wisdom of Zen Buddhists, Sufis, Stoics, Vikings, and a hundred other philosophies and memes in the form of memes because I perceive there is something of value there.
I do not despise wisdom or instruction - except, it seems quite often, when it comes from a result of the fear of the Lord.
Behold the irony: I too often despise the one thing that will bring me wisdom and instruction even as I say wisdom and instruction are important to me. Why I insist on doing so is something to dwell on further.
"Praise The Lord!
I don't care what anyone else , the Lord gives miracles.
And massive doses of thiamine made a difference, also.
Thank you Lord."
Thanks to all that prayed and sent good thoughts.