I do unwise things from time-to-time. Jennifer doesn’t think that ‘unwise’ is the best descriptor (she influenced the title of this blog). These things usually sound fun and even well thought out in the moment, but consequences are realized quickly. Here are my top three recent ones that I can share:
- For a brief stint I fancied myself an amateur competitive eater. At Bub’s Burgers I made a bad choice, during a working lunch meeting actually. A bad decision and a strong will led me to eat two Big Ugly burgers in one sitting (40 oz of beef).
- After I defended my dissertation, I thought it’d be proper to blow it up with Tannerite (Google that if you don’t know what it is). To say we blew it up was an understatement. Seconds after the initial shock finally wore off, my neighbor, a man of the law, immediately visited me because it knocked two pictures off his wall (he lives about 1/4 mile away). I guess it ended up well because I wasn’t arrested.
- Just a few months ago I made a big dirt jump at the bottom of a hill. So I jumped it on my mountain bike and I quickly gained a new appreciation for gravity. I had a lot of time to think about that while I was crumpled on the ground trying to breathe.
I wish these accounts were only made up, but evidence of all three exists. You can see the picture of me at Bub’s, I can show the video of the explosion, and you can still see where my bike gouged the ground when it landed about 15 feet away from the ramp.
While these were not life-changing mistakes, I did have regret. Maybe simply asking, “Is this the wise thing to do?” would have prevented these things from occurring.
Aside from something that helps us make the right decisions, what exactly is wisdom? Jordan B Peterson, an outspoken professor, recently tweeted the following.
Life is suffering
Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated (helped or reduced)
Truth is the handmaiden of love
Dialogue is the pathway to truth
Humility is the recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn through dialogue
To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and in small
Speech must remain untrammeled (not restricted) so that dialogue can take place
So that we can all humbly learn
So that truth can serve love
So that suffering can be ameliorated (helped or reduced)
So that all of us can stumble forward toward the Kingdom of God
Now…read it again. It’s deep. Think about it.
I love the symmetry of this piece.
I love how it addresses some of the hardest questions that we ask. Why do we suffer? What is love? How do we reach truth? What is humility and why is it really important?
Nonbelievers ask these questions and come to very different conclusions. I need wisdom. I must learn. I must be prepared to dialogue. I must love others more. While Dr. Peterson’s writing is thought-provoking, let us go deeper as we study God’s proverbial wisdom.
An Elder at Maple Grove and will probably always make bad decisions on a mountain bike.