Face Book Frenzy

Have you noticed how ‘right’ people can believe themselves to be?  If in doubt, peruse facebook for an hour or so.  You’ll find extreme opinions held on every topic to challenge your fancies whether personal, political, or palate-wise.  Friendships have been destroyed by spouting and viciously defending  outrageous viewpoints.  And yet, everyone ‘knows’ he has all the right answers for running the country or for running my life, regardless of the situation.

King Solomon said, “There is way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 NIV  As the spouse of many women, he used the noun ‘man.’  I must assume he meant mankind.  But being of the female persuasion, I could make an argument for the gender inference. (Definitely when arguing with his ‘better half’, a man’s position might lead to destruction. Sorry guys–just joking.  No offense intended.)

The wisest, most believable theory can prove to be wrong–dead wrong when carried to it’s logical conclusion.  Consider the noble citizens of France during the Revolution of 1789.  They believed the private collections of wild animals enjoyed by the wealthy to be a way to flaunt their wealth.   Outraged that the animals  grew fat while their children starved, the noble citizens charged the gates of a private animal reserve.  After the zoo keeper explained that many of the animals would eat the crowd rather than the other way around, the revolutionaries wisely chose to ‘liberate’ only the more edible captives.*

The older I get, the more I realize just how wrong I can be about almost anything.  I imagine good King Solomon grew wiser with time as well.

*Source: Uncle John’s Gigantic Bathroom Reader




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