Dispatch Two Hundred Fifty-Nine

Posted: August 30, 2017 in Fifty-First Bundle
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PROVERBS 1:20-33

20 Wisdom cries out in the street;
    in the squares she raises her voice.
21 At the busiest corner she cries out;
    at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
    and fools hate knowledge?
23 Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
    I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
    have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
25 and because you have ignored all my counsel
    and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when panic strikes you,
27 when panic strikes you like a storm,
    and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
    when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
    they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
    and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel,
    and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
    and be sated with their own devices.
32 For waywardness kills the simple,
    and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but those who listen to me will be secure
    and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

The Wisdom literature of the ancient Near East, some of which is represented in the biblical writings of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and the Psalms, envisions the living form of the human being as maturing along a path toward fulfillment. Imagining a straight line, we might thus represent the ideal trajectory of a human life as progressing from genesis to fulfillment, moving through predictable passages and developmental stages along the way.

In real life, each human being makes choices that take him or her in a winding fashion, at times crossing over but then diverging from this evolutionary life-line. Those points in experience when our path intersects or briefly merges with this ideal line are called “opportunities.” Listening to the voice of Wisdom can increase the frequency of our opportunities and deepen our fulfillment in life.

The voice of Lady Wisdom in the mythology of the Bible is portrayed as calling to the human being so as to choose and live according to the path of greatest happiness. Even though we may think at times that our happiness will be best served by way of this or that pleasure, achievement, or fortune, the truth is that we are happiest when we are following the guiding line of our Human Ideal. Wandering off course brings natural consequences, not punishment.

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