Discipline and Diligence

Proverbs 18:13 One who gives an answer before he hears, It is foolishness and shame to him.

The lazy fool doesn’t want to listen or consider truth but simply speaks his/her opinion as fact. Many people ignorantly pass on talking points that ignorant people have handed them. How do you avoid this?

(1) Begin with believing the best of what you’ve heard that doesn’t agree with what you believe.

(2) Get the facts before speaking on a matter; take some time to investigate before you speak. Be responsible and careful.

(3) Go to the source. Don’t gossip and theorize with 3rd parties that know no more about the source than you do.

(4) be open to thoughts that you may not have considered based on your own bias and cultural filters.

(5) make sure you hear both sides of any story before making judgments. Seek additional information.

This is called discipline and diligence – the opposite of being a lazy fool, particularly with your mind and your mouth.

It’s difficult work, but it avoids bias and prejudice. Don’t judge before getting the facts.

However, if all you want to do is slap others in the face with the display of your superior opinion and biased understanding and signal your virtue to the masses, then by all means, continue down the path of a shameful, lazy fool.

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