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5. Wisdom vs. Folly
The Comparison Between Wisdom and Folly. Ecclesiastes And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that comes after the king? Thomas Ecclesiastes And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that comes after the king? The senses are attracted, the imagination is excited, by the spectacle of wealth side by side with squalid poverty, of grandeur and power side by side with obscurity and helplessness. But to the reflecting and reasonable there is far more interest and instruction in the distinction between the nature and life of the fool, impelled by his passions or by the influence of his associations; and the nature and life of the man who considers, deliberates, and judges, and, as becomes a rational being, acts in accordance with nature and well-weighed convictions. Very noble are the words which the poet puts into the lips of Philip van Artevelde - "All my life long Have I beheld with most respect the man Who knew himself, and knew the ways before him; And from amongst them chose deliberately, And with clear foresight, not with blindfold courage; And having chosen, with a steadfast mind Pursued his purposes. The distinction is one founded in the very nature of things, and is similar to that which, in the physical world, exists between light and darkness.
His conclusions for both pursuits were similar — vanity. He as well adds concerning wisdom that it was a grievous and painful task placed on men by God. Solomon is going to continue down other roads towards satisfaction, but before he does, he analyzes the two paths he has already taken.
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Wisdom , in biblical thinking, is not regarded as the same as common sense or intelligence. In the teaching of the Bible , it means being able to tell the difference between good and evil. The book is full of pithy advice about how to live life wisely, and avoid foolish and self-destructive behaviour. In Proverbs , Wisdom is personified as a woman, calling out in public places, appealing to human beings to listen,. Wisdom's house Proverbs gave T. Lawrence the title of his book, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Wisdom also claims to have been present, at the creation of the world.