(Proverbs 14:8 KJV) The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Before we can decide if we are “prudent” (6175) or “fools” (3684) we need to admit that both options exist. We live in a culture that wants to deny that some people are fools. I have frequent conversations with people in education and they tell me how “smart” they think a student is. My polite response is, “I have seen no indication of that.” What I want to do is either give a snarky “I don’t think that word means what you think it means” from Princess Bride or scream, “Then you must think you are the definition of smart because they seem to be on your level.”
The Bible does not deny the existence of fools. In fact they seem to be very common if the number of references in Proverbs is any indication. Our responsibility is twofold: Recognize them and don’t be one.
So? They way to avoid the label is to know truth.