(Proverbs 23:34 KJV) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
Have you ever done something really stupid and had no one to tell you about it? The context here is drunkenness. It is a warning about the stupid syndrome that comes from alcohol. The principle stretches beyond the bottle. There are many things in life that can make us stupid.
This would be the place where we would introduce the story of “The King’s New Clothes.” It comes to my mind frequently as I watch the way our society is committing cultural suicide. Very few people are willing to tell the king he is naked, to point out the flaws in what is happening. When they do speak up the ending isn’t like it is in the fairy tale. No one listens because no one wants to know.
Victimless crime? Nonsense. The wisdom of children? Who are you trying to kid. Respect for everyone? Recipe for disaster. We have plenty of naked kings but few honest children.
So? If you can’t speak up or no one listens, at least we can listen. Is someone pointing out an area in our life where we are trying to stretch out on the top of a mast? Being all ears is a daily task.