Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Under The Old Man's Hat

Wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it.

William Shakespeare
Hello Boa Vista, Brazil
Now isn't that a remarkable thing? Wisdom is not found in the board room, the class room or in any chamber of any congress. If you're looking for wisdom you might as a man who sleeps under the night sky in a cardboard box when he has to.

The man in the blue suit with a brief case may approach the beggar and give him a dollar but can he give him any wisdom? Not likely. The beggar has more than likely faced things the man in the suit can't even imagine.
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

When Jacob, the Patriarch of the children of Israel, came to meet Pharaoh he blessed him. Why? Because it was customary for the older man to bless the younger? Maybe. Because Pharaoh was letting Jacob's family live in Egypt during hard times? Perhaps. Because Jacob, an old man who had seen loss and gain. war and famine, who had fled from a life threatening situation and then gone back to face it, who had learned to survive under desperate circumstances, who had slept out under the night sky with a rock for his pillow, was wiser then the young monarch of Egypt and wanted to convey good wishes to him? No doubt.

Jacob was a prophet, a seer, who spoke with angels, who could look into the hearts of his twelve sons and tell what would become of them, who could look into the heart of Pharaoh and read Pharaoh's own poverty of wisdom and the future of Egypt, who could instruct his sons not to bury him there after he died, and to be prepared for their eventual removal.

The old man with the hat would appreciate a penny, or a dollar, but he quite likely knows more about the pharaoh in the suit than the man in the suit knows about himself. In fact, he knows so much he can only say "Bless you."

When a state legislature votes a bill into law in the face of thousands of people out on the street crying to them not to do it, you know where wisdom is not.

Harken to the cry of the street and regard it. It is the whisper of wisdom.

DB - The Vagabond
never give up
(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?


Only 6 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.



Lori said...

Now that's a quote I hadn't thought of in a long time. And Shakespeare practically lifted it from Proverbs, himself. Good post!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Wisdom requires time for contemplation, and in today's electronic age, that rarely happens.

Baron parker said...

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Mens Hat

DB said...

Thank you Baron Parker. Since i don't have an email for you or know where you are I'm thanking you here.