27 December 2010

Too Few Results

from Proverbs Thirty

"Surely I am brutish, unlike a man, and have not the understanding of a man."

Then the Sage Hillel said, "In a place where there are no men, strive to be one."  He was building off of a Tradition that Mishley started. 

The greater heroism we are meant to strive for is a heroism of humility, a strength that glorifies doing, simply getting the job done.  The current cultural currency mitigates against this.  We have to always be seen and spend so much time doing so that the life of quiet action escapes us.

"If thou hast done foolishly in lifting thyself up; if thou has planned devices, lay thy hand upon thy mouth."  In other words, be quiet--and only you can truly quiet yourself.

The face--its uplifted image, its swaggering mouth, protector of the tongue, that most powerful of muscles--holds the key.

"For the churning of milk brings forth curd and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; so the forcing of wrath brings forth blood."

Too much noise in our culture.  Too few results.

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