Shun the Fool

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Charles Fout, Jun 7, 2022.

  1. Charles Fout

    Charles Fout Active Member

    The Persian Proverb says, in part, "he who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool; shun him." He's humourless too.
  2. Flelmo

    Flelmo New Member

    Good proverb. It's one that I live by nowadays, even though I never heard it before. I used to try to reason with the fool, but the problem is they bring you down to their level, and they have all the experience fighting down there.
    Charles Fout likes this.
  3. Vicki

    Vicki Active Member

    Seems to go hand in hand with my HS History teacher’s favorite quote…. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”. (We heard it a lot in class)
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    On the other hand, "He who asks a question is a fool for a minute. He who does not is a fool forever."
  5. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    And thus said king Solomon, So even a fool may be considered wise, as long as he keeps his mouth shut?
    "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise" (Prov. 17:28).

    True that in academia and in intellectual circles discussions, argumentation, rebuttals and persuasion are the essence of dialogue?
    One of the differences between humans and animals is the formers' ability to speak.
    Sages say - In seeking wisdom the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, and the fifth teaching others.
    SteveFoerster and Charles Fout like this.
  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    The first level of learning: Unconscious incompetence. The others (in order):
    • Conscious incompetence
    • Conscious competence
    • Unconscious competence
    Maniac Craniac and SteveFoerster like this.
  7. Vicki

    Vicki Active Member

    I like that one. :) I think we had a bunch of class clowns that year.
    SteveFoerster and Charles Fout like this.

Share This Page