The Proverbs Project - Chapter 26 v.4
"Do not answer a fool according to his folly
Or he will be wise in his own eyes."
Again, The wisdom of Solomon tells us the dangers of arguing with those who are fools. Unfortunately, this has become way too common in our society. People cannot agree that a divergent point of view or philosophy does not make one "the stupidest thing I have ever heard." Those with whom we disagree are not inherently stupid or foolish...but engaging those in an emotional argument is a foolish behavior.
Calm, rational discourse is a great tool for learning and expanding one's own understanding... Unfortunately, there is far too little of this behavior today. It has become acceptable to personally attack those with whom we disagree... Again, this is foolish behavior and the sort of action that a fool would encourage and condone.
The wise will clearly and rationally articulate their position, philosophy, or belief. Those who do not agree are welcome to rational discourse. BUT as we are told by Solomon and George Bernard Shaw. - "Never wrestle with pigs, you both get dirty and the pig likes it."
Down with the Fools and the Sluggards.
Chapter 26 discusses the consequences of being a Fool or a Sluggard... Neither are good and the Wise man will keep a distance from men displaying either characteristic. The chapter describes the negative consequences for those who associate with Fools and Sluggards.
Fools are those who value speaking over listening. The Foolish do not have plans or goals...they move in random directions and seldom show forward progress. Often the Foolish will be motivated by the meritless words of other Fools. The Fool may not have sense enough to identify what is right from what is wrong.
The Sluggard is one who is simply unwilling to do what is right. The Sluggard will take the "easy path" which often leads to long-term destruction. The Sluggard is the epitome of the undisciplined. These vile characters will expect other to carry their load without remorse or reservation.
The Fool can Learn. The Sluggard can crank it up...No one is beyond hope, Everyone can move forwards and exhibit growth. Often the progress is slow, Sometimes the progress is painful...But progress is progress and it is always worth the cost. Small improvements every day add up to major changes.
There must be a Plan. There needs to be a roadmap or a direction. Movement without a direction is always inefficient, Often ineffective, and sometimes even detrimental. The Wise have a plan and direction for growth.