Wisdom from the Fool

“I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters are. They’ll have me whipped for speaking true, thou’lt have me whipped for lying, and sometimes I am whipped for holding my peace.” The Fool elucidates the idea here that with some people you just can’t win. If you say the truth, they consider it not your place to speak. If you lie, you’re a lowlife, and if you say nothing, you’re somehow a co-conspirator just as guilty as the culprit. That is why before you decide to argue with someone, ask yourself thus: is this person going to make me wrong no matter what? When settling disputes, it’s best to put pride and blame aside and work towards an actual solution. The fool notices how people always want to be right; however being right doesn’t prove beneficial unless it leads to a solution. The ‘rub’ of all this is: when someone actually is IN THE RIGHT, they tend to flout this with an egotisticsal prideful scorn engendering odiousness and firm resentment. This in turn sabotages any chance of moving forward; which in turn heats animosity and spite which can only be relieved with humbleness, understanding, forgiveness and love.


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