The Proverbs of Solomon.
Solomon uses Chapter 11 as a continuation of Chapter 10. Those who are Wise and Listen to the word of God will receive blessings, those who are foolish or lazy are consumed and destroyed by their own iniquity.
As Solomon continues to articulate the contrast in the behavior and character of those who are Wise and those who are Foolish, I become concerned with confirmation bias. The Un-wise will continually look for justification of their Foolish actions and decisions. Those searching a text for rationalization or justification use a myopic lens to find evidence of confirmation.
Confirmation Bias leads the Unwise to search this (and other) text not to extract meaning, rather to select excerpts to substantiate their faulty understanding. Yesterday, we discussed the yammering monkeys and the chattering fools. These individuals are too preoccupied with "self" to learn from others. Their own understanding and growth is limited by pre-conceived and faulty notions. This is also true for someone who is only looking for reassurance in poor logic and decisions.
Mark Twain best sums up the dangers of confirmation bias:
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so"
As we study the text with an open heart and an open mind we welcome Wisdom into our lives. When we limit our understanding and put barriers on our learning, we are doomed to failure and ruin.
Chapter 12 Tomorrow.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.