At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Ps. 16: 11)
“As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool”Proverbs 26:1
We live in a time when honor for fools is seemingly the order of the day. We have adopted the fundamental axiom that what every last person on the planet needs is to be flattered and feted and cozened until they finally bloom into a full version of their radiant selves. People suffer, we are told, from “low self esteem” and our cure all for this affliction is to honor their work, however bad, and to praise their performances, however lame.
A generation or more of this delusion has shown us what a powerful mirror society is—far more potent than an actual physical mirror. If a woman has five roommates who all assure her that her outfit is “cute,” and the mirror in the hallway tells her that it is dismal and godforsaken, she will likely go with the roommates.
The end result of this kind of flattering honor is the most impudent brazenness, with people going out in public in the most outrageous ways—from their outfits, to their piercings, to their Halloween hair, to their secondary sexual characteristics. And when this happens, our society has determined that such people must be honored.
Now it used to be that when someone in the grip of such high folly went out in public that they could be treated pretty savagely. But this is one of those inescapable concepts. We still treat people savagely, only now it happens when someone treats the folly as folly. They get the treatment if they use the wrong pronouns.
But this proverb tells us that to render honor to fools is not fitting. It doesn’t sit right with how God made the world. It its like snow in summer, or like rain during harvest. What is happening is incongruent with what ought to be happening. This proverb provides us with a strong argument against going along with any of this woke nonsense.