See the look in its eyes? Stare it down if you will. Better yet, harass one of its cubs much less take one. The illustrated verse written by King Solomon evokes a very vivid picture when it comes to engaging with fools. In Trinidad and Tobago (my birthplace) we refer to engagement like that as “taking them on.” This is one of my favorite verses in the Book of Proverbs because it is a constant reminder to practice great humility in quarrels, disagreements, or just simply day to day conversations.
Many situations in life require you to just hold your tongue and be slow to speak – or react. Think about all of the road rage incidents that ended in a tragic loss. Think about the countless domestic differences that resulted in an incarceration. It doesn’t even need to be that extreme! What about that lowly esteemed co-worker that is willing to say (or do) anything all in the name of receiving improper attention?
Notice how the proverb states “bent.” This doesn’t imply that you shouldn’t help those who genuinely need the mentorship and counsel. But those that are completely sold on their foolishness, are the ones that you ought to make it your business to avoid. Feel free to contribute your thoughts in the comments. Also, please share this post with your social media circuits using the links just below.