Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, his name be Wisdom. He has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:-Knowing when to come in out of the rain; – Why the early bird gets the worm;- Life isn’t always fair; – And maybe it was my fault.
Wisdom was a rich man by anyone’s standards but he lived by a simple, sound financial policy, don’t spend more than you can earn. and it was Wisdom who recognizes that adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Wisdom lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Wisdom lost the will to live as the churches were no longer seen as the guardians of morality; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Wisdom took a beating when your home was no longer seen as your castle and you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Wisdom finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Wisdom was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; Envy, Contempt, Greed, and a stepsister named Pity. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. He was given a pauper’s funeral so that he might still be among his friends, even in death.
If you still remember him, say a little prayer that he might be one of those resurrected from the dead so that he might continue to lead us, the faithful and the hopeful, down the path of life!!
another h/t to my niece, Lea