Wisdom is Boring

by Andy Wood on January 28, 2010

in Gamblers, Insight, Life Currency, LV Alter-egos, Tense Truths

Wisdom is boring.

Wisdom is a nag.

Wisdom is a boring nag.

Wisdom sucks the life out of the party.

Wisdom is a boring, party-killing nag.

Wisdom asks questions about consequences when all I want to do is enjoy myself.  What’s wrong with a little fun, know what I mean?  Wisdom uses words like “safe,” “abstinence” and “consequences.”  Now THAT’ll get your blood pumping.  Zzzzzzz.  Look, all I want to do is have a little pleasure in my life.  I know there’s more to life than feeling good.  But I can control myself.

Wisdom kills the economy.

Wisdom is a boring, party-killing, sleepy money nag.

Wisdom doesn’t seem to realize that it’s our duty as patriotic Americans (or whatever “free” society you may live in) to keep the wheels of the economy going.  We simply MUST spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like and provide jobs for people we don’t know.  It’s the American Way!  I can keep the folks at the Discover Financial network busy for 36 years by just making the minimum payments on those Christmas presents I just bought.  And don’t even get me started on cars.  If wisdom ruled the day, we’d probably look like Cuba.  “Save, give, invest” – blah, blah, blah.

Wisdom robs me of my independence.

Wisdom is a boring, party-killing, sleepy money, independence-robbing nag.

Wisdom talks about the safety that comes from a multitude of counselors.  It says that pride goes before a fall.  What the heck’s wrong with a little self-respect?  A little “I did it my way?”  Wisdom talks about service and hard work and creating value and a good name.  Woo hoo!  I can’t wait for the 20 years it will take for that to pay off.  Look, if I’m not promoting me, who will?

And yet…

I can’t remember seeing any wise people fired for cutting corners.

Or arrested for embezzling money.

I can’t remember hearing any wise people mocked on late-night comedy shows for sleeping peacefully in their beds after a productive day or a life of service.

I have never noticed any wise people desperately clamoring for the government to fix their financial mess or filing for personal bankruptcy.

I’ve never seen any wise men (politicians or otherwise) admitting, “Yes, I did it, and the baby is mine.”

Or tearfully confessing, “I only had a couple of drinks.  I thought I was good to drive.”

Or muttering… “I wish to God I’d kept my mouth shut.”

Yeah, you only live once.  But without wisdom, it sure seems like you can die a thousand times or more.

Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold.

She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire compares with her.

Long life is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor.

Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths, peaceful.

She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who hold on to her are happy (Proverbs 3:13-18, HCSB)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Eric Chaffin January 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

Thanks for the… Dare I say it?… words of wisdom.

Ron January 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

When we hearken to her, wisdom sets us free. Free to profit (financially and spiritually), free to witness, free to follow God, free to worship, free to praise, free to give.

The Cuba thing — glad that was tongue in cheek!

Andy Wood January 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Ain’t it so! And I’m glad to have a friend like you who’s sounding the call!

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