Excerpt from Six Fools
Fool is used in the Bible, and it is an exceedingly interesting study when we come to inquire into the root-meanings of the word. In the different contexts, where the various terms for the English word fool are found, it means, in the original, an evil person, a boaster, a self-confident one, an empty fellow, a contemptible indi vidual, a villain, one who 1s thickheaded, thoughtless, unwise, heedless, or rebellious. So true are the Scriptures to universal human experience that whenever we read the references to fools in the Bible or come to study their several individual histories, their portrayal is so vivid and so true to human nature that we somehow feel the various writers must be describing ﬂesh-and-blood existences in this twentieth century rather than men and women who lived thousands of years ago. We find that the modern kinds of fools are like the Bible types: boasters, bragging of their great exploits; wise in their own conceit, but superficial and vacuous; indifferent to life's greatest and best opportunities; im prudent and rash, careless and improv.
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