A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
but vexation by a fool is more burdensome than the two of them.
Vexation is a word we don’t use much any more. In fact, the use of the word has greatly decreased over the past couple hundred of years. While the word is making a bit of a comeback, it’s still not an extremely popular one. That very fact alone could be an outworking of this proverb.
What I mean is, that it doesn’t seem like we’re getting smarter and wiser as a society. Sure, we have more information now than we’ve ever had in the history of the world (as far as we know). But, it doesn’t seem like having all this information is making us wiser. In fact, it seems to me that we are continually slipping in the ways of wisdom. It seems to me that wisdom has become a lost art form. It probably won’t be too long that wisdom will go the way of the encyclopedia. It will be something we look up on wisdipedia when we need it, but we won’t be in the habit of learning the ways of wisdom. Wisdom won’t become a way of life. Living the proverbious lifestyle will be a joke, something of days gone by. We’ll remember it as we do yesteryear.
Perhaps that’s why it’s so easy to be annoyed nowadays. If you have any wisdom at all, you recognize that there is a great lack of it in many parts of the world. In fact, we seem to be being encouraged away from being wise and just relying on the wisdom and knowledge of others to tell us what we should do. And we are just supposed to be followers. We are just supposed to be good little sheep who do what we’re told – without using our own wisdom to make such decisions on our own.
Don’t contribute to the downfall of wisdom. Live Proverbiously. (Yes, I just made my made up word an adverb. Is that wise?)