There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:
Antsâ€”they arenâ€™t strong,
but they store up food all summer.
Hyraxesâ€”they arenâ€™t powerful,
but they make their homes among the rocks.
Locustsâ€”they have no king,
but they march in formation.
Lizardsâ€”they are easy to catch,
but they are found even in kingsâ€™ palaces.
Proverbs 30:24-28 from New Living Translation
Is this saying that the measure of wisdom is the ability to produce unexpected, or seemingly imposable results?
Maybe it is saying that it takes wisdom to overcome the obstetrical in your life!?
Expect the unexpected and best out of people, creatures and life or a message of don’t judge a book by its cover.
Maybe something along the lines of specialization of skills/labor where one entity with its strengths and weaknesses might not be as suited for a situation or job where another that seems weaker (because you value the strength it possesses less) is the best candidate for the task.
In the end, today instead of looking at “what if more people understood this” lets look at a question of what if more people considered ideas that have multiple levels of thought one can explore it.
I remember a situation in college where the honors program would show movies, and they would have two types:
mind-full – where you would watch a movie with a group and discuss the “deep intellectual questions” and such
mindless – just for fun
Well, one night The Matrix was shown as a mindless movie. That was cool, I enjoyed it and all, but after I promoted an idea to the director that we should do it again as a mindfulÂ with a nice long discussion. The instant reaction was “but what would we discuss?”
Ever People Watch?
Most literature, situations, stories, and other communications have multiple levels you can consider.
People watching can cause some great conversations. At first two of you will observe the actions of one or more individuals. Then you can discuss what happened. The fact that each person watching will have at least a slightly different interpretation of what happened can spawn deeper conversations, not only about the event(s), but also about the watchers.
Same applies to other communication and media features, if you take the time.
How do you see our world would be different if society took time to dive deeper into proverbs, events, and communication?
Part of the Proverbs Challenge series.