The Proverbs Project came to mind after I read the book The Richest Man Who Every Lived by Steven K. Scott. This book challenges us to read a chapter in the Book of Proverbs every day for a month. Readers then perseverate and reflect on the chapter. This process is meant to become habit and repeated month after month. I acknowledge a personal and perpetual need for wisdom in my life. The challenge spoke to me. I have been reading a good deal this year, and it is certainly time for me to undertake another writing project. - Chapter 9.
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and a Warning against Folly.
Wisdom is a woman.
Ruin is an adulterous or wicked woman.
Folly is a simple woman. The Simple Woman is of kind heart yet erroneous judgement. She calls out to those who are Un-Wise with her simple and misguided pleasures. She will lead all those who follow towards laggardness.
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom are alluded to, but not identified. I take the ambiguity as a challenge to extract these pillars from the whole of Solomon's text and revisit this passage at the end of the Proverbs Project.
We ignore the Fools and embrace the Wise:
"Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults.
Whoever rebukes the wicked incurs Abuse."
"Instruct the Wise and they will become Wiser,
Teach the righteous and they will add to their learning."
First, We defend the good and unequivocally stand up the right.
Second, Jim Collins tell us to get the right people in the right seats on the bus. When we identify mockery or wickedness we coach, we correct, then we move on. The Donkeys are remanded to the pasture. We don't give up on people. We do, however, put the needs of the organization and the needs of our own growth at the forefront. We train those who show Wisdom and Promise. We teach those who exhibit Goodness and Right. We empower those aligned with the the Vision. And, we promote Wisdom and Humility in the system.
When we acknowledge or even embrace the Bray of the Fool we are not exhibiting Wisdom. The Wise will not Wrestle with Pigs. The Wise will not Argue with Donkeys. The focus of the Wise must remain on those following the "right" path.
Chapter 10 on Monday.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.