Sunday, April 26, 2009

Who to Shun, Teach, Awaken, or Follow

I saw the following on a cubible wall at work:

He who knows not and knows not he knows not...
He is a fool. Shun Him.

He who knows not and knows he knows not...
He is simple. Teach Him.

He who knows and knows not he knows...
He is asleep. Awaken Him.

He who knows and knows he knows...
He is wise. Follow Him.

I like these classifications. I like that you can break it into 4 quadrants based on one's self-awareness and actual knowledge:

Teach him
Follow him
Shun him
Teach him

I disagree that we should always shun those who are ignorant about how ignorant they are -- how else would you ever teach a child?

We also need to be careful any time we think we know something, because whether we really know it or not, we still think we know it. Perhaps that's why Solomon said that a fool tells everything he knows, but a wise man keeps it in till afterward. (Prov 29:11)

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