I apologize for the break in consistency. Some may find the irony of this caesura.
Chapter 18. Much of Chapter 18 is focused on the Wisdom of perseverance and the importance of steadfast learning. Again, Those who speak too much, without thinking, or presumptuously will ultimately destroy themselves and those who listen. The Fools and the Braying Donkey's are to receive no attention from the Wise.
"Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions"
Fools find no pleasure in understanding an willfully or intentionally ignore opportunities for growth and learning. These Fools are dullards, content with their current station and lack of understanding. I can only assume that state of humanity is caused by video games, potato chips, and soda pop. This is the path of the undisciplined.
The Delight found in expressing ones own opinions with disregard for fact or understanding is blatant ignorance.
Verse 9. "One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys."
One who is Slack in his work is undisciplined and Lazy. Employees who are Lazy:
Steal from the organization
Refuse their duty and Responsibility.
Bring Shame to their spouses, children, and families.
A Very close relative of a Lazy or Undisciplined Man is an individual who actively seeks to do harm to others or to an organization.
The Wise will "fill the bus" with the right people. People of industry and ambition. People who are willing to give of themselves and meet their responsibilities. Those who slack in their work will Always bring ruin to the organization. Those who exhibit Pride in what they do will glorify themselves, an organization, and their families.
Chapter 19 tomorrow.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.