Interested in some clues why we psychologically ignore ancient and contemporary wise advice in our lives?
History recorded the truth that most folly in both ancient and contemporary times are ‘nothing new under the sun.”
We mortals continue to repeat making foolish choices in every generation since the beginning of time if we discern the news. For example, the following seven sins were recorded over 2000 years ago. Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride can all be related to foolish choices we make in our lives.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate ancient verses to a Psychological Today article titled: Why We Ignore Good Advice to provide clues to this Conundrum of Life.
Psychology Today Article / King Solomon Verses
1. The Power Problem.
Excerpt – “Taking advice somehow feels like admitting that we don’t really deserve our high status.”
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 12:8 KJV)
Excerpt: Whether or not we take counsel also has a lot to do with the peaks and valleys of our moods.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverb 15:1)
3. The Anxiety Paradox.
Excerpt – Will you take the advice? According to another series of experiments Gino and her colleagues found that if you’re feeling anxious you will probably take that advice. The rub is that “anxious individuals heavily on advice, even when the advice is bad.”
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. (Proverb 12:25
The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. (Proverb 12:25)
4. The Cooperation Solution.
Excerpt – Cooperation fosters trust which fosters even more cooperation. Cooperation also tends to increase positive emotions, which naturally encourages us to respect the opinions of others, while also giving our own judgments a fair hearing.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (Proverb 3:5)
What’s My Point?
The above Psychology Today Articles are contemporary advices that can be compared to ancient advice are all clues to the conundrum.
In My Opinion
King Solomon solved this conundrum three thousand years ago when he observed humans and wrote this following verse.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
If we discern the above comparisons as clues, all are the same advice except for one. Wisdom requires trust in the person giving the advice.
If after reading the above information, should we spend more time in our lives discerning who best we need to trust in our lives to solve this conundrum why we keep repeating the same follies as every past generation in recorded history.
Which school teachings should we discern and trust in our contemporary times as best to teach our children what to ignore as “rely heavily on advice, even when the advice is bad?”
Should we also discern this following King Solomon advice clue to help solve this conundrum in our lives?
Do not rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning. (Proverbs 9:9)
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