Wisdom! But where will we find her? The Book of Proverbs

John Deehan writes on one of the more neglected books of the Bible, Proverbs, exploring its teaching on the ‘art of becoming wise’.

During the first phase of the pandemic in 2020, a book by David Goodhart appeared, entitled Head Hand Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century.1 Goodhart examines how the educational systems in the UK and the USA have contributed to the situation where people are highly rewarded and valued for cognitive skills (Head), as opposed to those with manual skills (Hand). Care workers (Heart) receive the least rewards in terms of salary and status. The author asks how this lack of balance can be reset, beginning with our educational system.

To my surprise, Goodhart, in his final three pages homes in on religion. By his own definition, he is ‘not a religious man’. Yet in his ultimate section, ‘To Boldly Go’, he says, ‘We will need wisdom on the way, and wisdom is as much a religious as a secular idea. It is due for a comeback’.2

Login for more...