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Who is really wise and who is really a fool?

When I was growing up, we were taught that character mattered. There was a story of Chicken Little who was walking along and an acorn fell on its head. Immediately Chicken Little came to the conclusion that the sky was falling, and ran wildly around exclaiming that the sky was falling, alarming the citizens to the point of panic.

But one wise citizen searched out what had fallen on Chicken Little's head, found it to be an acorn instead of the sky, and calmed the fears of the others. So what kind of character are you? Searching out the truth, as the wise do, or are you wildly running around screaming the sky is falling without finding out if it is true like a fool does?

In the good book of human history, the oldest record of man which is still in existence, the Holy Bible, I find the simple words of truth that define the wise and the foolish. For example, in Proverbs 9:10 and Job 28:28 it reads "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding"; ..."Behold, the fear of the Lord is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."

The fool is addressed in Psalm 14:1, "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They (the fools) are corrupt, they have done abdominal works, there is none that doeth good."

To deny that God is the Creator, and worship the created instead, you have fallen into the old "The sky is falling" foolishness.

God allows us free choice: We can follow the path of the wise to life, or we can follow the path of the foolish to destruction.

— Susan McCreary, Stevensville

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