How might King Solomon have dealt wisely with a hot head in a meeting?
We may have experienced dealing with a hot headed person. In a meeting to discuss volcanic topics such as politics or religion, a hot head can disrupt the meeting and create greater strife and distension rather than unity and agreement of the goals and purpose of the meeting.
In the following novel excerpt, I surmised how King Solomon may have answered the Queen of Sheba question his reaction to control a hot head from disrupting a meeting. The novel is a contemporary application of a story to promote proverbial wisdom and wise sayings in relation to our modern world.
“Bilqis, do you have any questions about our morning conversations about my story of the Priests meeting?” I asked to change the subject.
“Yes. If I understood your story correctly, the High Priest Abiather addressed his questions to you in a tone of anger and hostility. However, you replied to each of his questions in an even-tempered manner. Please explain the reasoning of why you did not anger. I wonder if I could have contained my composure if I were addressed in the same manner.”
“Sadoc and I had anticipated the questions he would probably ask and I was well prepared to answer him. He has a reputation of being hot headed and the best way to deal with these types of people is to remain even-tempered to prevent them from stirring up strife and creating contention to disrupt debate.” A hotheaded man stirs up strife, but an even-tempered man quiets contention. (Proverb 15:18)
“Also Bilqis, always remember this. If you allow a hot-tempered fool to arouse you to anger, it may stir up a thoughtless reply on your part. An angry reply may create a personal offense or social injury and further break down understanding and communication. Then it will become even more likely to cause greater disagreements that harden into factions or festering reprisals. Never allow a hot-tempered fool to arouse you to anger, or you may display yourself to be a greater fool.” A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, and one quickly aroused often gives offense. (Proverb 29:22)
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
Now available as an eBook at all sellers. View at link below.