Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Wisdom Is Deceptive

Wisdom comes from wise people. People whose insights we store in proverbs.

But proverbs are tricky because the minds they come from are incredibly cunning. Cunning enough to sell you any empty remark as truth, which is actually impossible to prove.

Consider the next four opposing statements:

“Don’t waste time chasing short-lived earthly pleasures, enjoy eternal bliss by reaching enlightenment.”

“Why run after the specter of enlightenment when life has so many simple pleasures to give? Grasp what you have here before it’s too late.”

“The eternal and the temporary are one and the same. If you watch closely, the now becomes a gateway into the everlasting.” 

“A finite being cannot enter infinity. Only a fool wastes his life trying to catch a glimpse of paradise.”

Each statement sounds credible, but is immune to scrutiny. And so utterly useless as counsel. Because why would you follow advice that has three equally enticing alternatives?

Wisdom and its many proverbs are deceptive.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach