Sunday Wisdom: November 12 2017

If you overesteem great men,

people become powerless.

If you overvalue possessions,

people begin to steal.

– The Tao Te Ching, Section 3

For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.

– 1 Corinthians 3:4-5 ESV

One of the things we run into are the cults of personalities. People who may have great wisdom and insight and are worth following, but who we begin to put on pedestals and idolizing.

This is not a new phenomenon and many people, myself included, have done it. It is either when you meet them and realize they are fallible humans with the own quirks just like you, or when they publicly stumble and fall that you realize you have overesteemed them.

Place things in their proper context. Listen to people with good insight, but don’t pedestalize them. Worship God, not any man. If you have the opportunity, meet the men who you idolize. The pedestal in your mind will be torn down, but you may gain a friend in reality.

Worship today. Spend time with family today, with your extended family today if you get the opportunity. Be wise as serpents, and as gentle as doves unless a threat arises. Have a good Sunday.

  • Jak

    One thing I’ve noticed, even in the manosphere, are these cult personalities who might start off giving high value but once they’ve made it big, they become nothing more than gossip machines. Their value instantly plummets yet people still follow them because they’re washed up in the cult.

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger
      • bem

        Thank god you were here to handle this…..

    • UWOTM8

      And then the final stroke comes when they start putting their faces on t-shirts and ugly Christmas sweaters….

      • bem

        and banning ME.

        • UWOTM8

          That’s a perfectly sane precautionary measure….

          • Jak

            I can’t fault your logic, sir.

      • Jak

        Haha, I actually wasn’t referring to him though I guess one can argue that case.

      • dckhead_con_artist

        and chase the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in Ukraine

        • UWOTM8

          A ghetto-ass Slavic rainbow…

  • jammyjaybird

    “Gandhi was overrated.”
    -Abe Lincoln

    • Jak

      “Abe Lincoln was a little bitch.”
      -Ghandi