29 July 2020

There is a lot of foolishness around right now. Some of it is violent and political: some of it is just violent and stupid. So of it is fairly career and relatiohship ending — the most recent event being a stitch up if ever I saw one.

My old man would say this is because we have lost honesty, and honesty depends on the fear of God. My old man is considered far worse than the boomers by the woke.

But it is the woke who are the fools.

Proverbs 1:1-7

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of understanding,
3 To receive instruction in wise behavior,
Righteousness, justice and equity;
4 To give prudence to the naive,
To the youth knowledge and discretion,
5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

There are two ways to get wisdom: learn from others mistakes or do the same mistakes yourself. The Proverbs of Solomon are distilled experience, designed to ensure that you learn from the errors of others. Don’t make foolish oaths. Select your words carefully. Do not stand as security to a commercial risk. Lock your house. There are many things I would prefer not to do (but do) because it is prudent, and if I am not prudent and something happens my insurer will not be charitable with compensation.

As I say to my sons, welcome to adulting. If you don’t have some of this, you will not comprehend how Jesus taught, and how analogies have use. But we do, so in this time when the press lie and say there is no one of Christ and that the faith is for older ages, dying out like my Dad’s generation, recall Christ only had 12. And that changed the world.

Mark 4:30-34

30 And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.”

33 With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34 and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

The plain truth hurts those who rule, because they lie. They demand that we agree with their lies, or they will ensure we are unemployed and homeless — in parts of the USA they will literally burn your job and burn your home down, calling this virtue.

They want you to be fools. They want you in chains. This situation does not last, because people quietly start living without lies, and stop listening to the commands of the state. You can try to arrest and detain an entire nation: the East Germans did. You can try to import a new people (having read your Brecht): the progressive parties in the Anglosphere have.

But the lie is not and never has been wisdom. It has never led to a good outcome. The fear of God and obedience to his precepts, in most times, and in most places, does.

Though at the moment the media are telling the mustard tree that it is a mere seed.