by Stan Mitchell
Some of you who are “mature” enough will remember the philosophy behind experimenting with drugs in the 60’s and 70’s. “You won’t know if it’s really harmful,” we would reason, “unless you try it yourself!”
That was about as smart as a cat inviting himself to a national dog show! Do you have to jump out of a five-story building to know that it’s not advisable? Or can you learn by observing its effects on others? Why did we, geniuses all, not learn simply by observing the bad effects of drugs (or alcohol, or multiple sex partners) on others?
“I went by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking judgment … Then I looked and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come on you like a robber, and want like an armed man”(Proverbs 23:30-34, ESV).
“Then I looked and considered it,” Solomon declares, “I looked and received instruction.”
Presumably a dilapidated farm is equally observable to a fool, but he would learn nothing from what he saw! Solomon’s wisdom lay in his ability to learn from other people’s actions. That’s why they put crash dummies in the cars, and not humans! We’re supposed to learn from what we see!