A fool takes no pleasure in understanding
but only in disclosing what is on his mind.
When a wicked person arrives, contempt shows up with him,
and with shame comes a reproach.
If you’ve spent any time at all watching the major news networks, you’ve inevitable seen them interview someone. And if you’ve seen them interview someone, then you’ve also probably seen this proverb in action. I like how the NIV puts it: “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” Oops, did I just call news anchors fools….
But, you’ve noticed it. I’m sure you have. You’re watching Matt Lauer interview someone, but for some reason, everything that Matt is saying is not a response to what the person being interviewed has just said. Instead, they are trying to come up with things that make themselves sound smart, or to try to promote their own personal agenda. And they’re going to do that with or without the person being interviewed.
It’s really funny when it doesn’t go their way. When they’re trying to make someone sound crazy, but instead, they end up sounding like an idiot.
The point is, they don’t really care about what someone else might have to say. They only care about speaking their mind and sharing their opinions. If you’re not willing to listen to others and learn from them, then do us all a favor – keep your opinions to yourself.