Never underestimate our ability to be completely wrong.
We all know someone who enjoys arguing, but for the wrong reason. We could be holding a STOP sign and they’ll argue it’s not red. It can be a mind-blowing experience. We become frustrated and confused by why they fail to see things for what they are. Perhaps we need to be reminded of what the good book says. “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.” Proverbs 23:9
The purpose of argument should not be victory, but progress.
It reminds me when Yuri Bezmenov said, “Exposure to true information does not matter any more. A person who is demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures, even if I take him by force […] he will refuse to believe it.”
The power of deception is fascinating!
Do you know how when you read the Bible and all of a sudden it hits you and you realize God’s higher power and intelligence makes everything you thought you knew seem a bit silly?
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding
— Proverbs 3:13
It’s like that. #perspective
We tend to think we know things only to discover someone else knows more. We should keep an open mind and listen carefully because there is a difference between thinking we know and knowing. Let me share a valuable lesson I’ve learned being in business 30 years.
We won’t fix anything correctly until the problem is fully understood.
A team of researches at the University of Oregon explored the link between cognitive control and intelligence in several ways including an attempt to raise intelligence by improving the control of attention.
In one exercise they found test participants were prone to answer questions with the first idea that comes to mind and unwilling to invest the effort needed to check their intuitions. Theses individuals scored low on the test.
The most interesting books of the Bible for those who aren’t believers in God are the wisdom books of Job and Ecclesiastes. Written from a philosophical point of view, they attempt to help people live with suffering and pain while putting existence into context. Read more.
Wisdom makes everything new. She informs the human intellect, although she herself never changes.
Proverbs 8:22-31 is famous for its description of the wisdom of God as a person or entity—a deity-level figure who assists God in some way with the creation of the world. Here is a short essay on Lady Wisdom.
The owl came to visit again this evening. It’s been awhile. Stayed for about 5 minutes then off it went. Maybe I should give it a name since this has been ongoing.
The weird thing about this owl is that when I lived down the road about a quarter-mile, an owl sat on the roof peak above my bedroom. I was never able to see it. It came and went for years. I’ve been at my new place for four years and it’s been hanging out there.
Did you know the owl was a symbol for Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy, before the Greeks gave their pantheon human forms. According to myth, an owl sat on Athena’s blind side, so that she could see the whole truth (more about owl symbolism).
Update: The owl is officially named Wisdom.
Take a minute to think about what success means to you before continuing. What is the first thing that comes to mind?
I recently had a phone conversation with someone, who, if success is measured by money, we could say he is very successful (more than Hillary). So I asked him, What does success mean to you?