To obtain wisdom and knowledge, it helps to be around those who have obtained it themselves.
By being in the company of people who have wisdom, people become wiser. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well.
The company of a "fool" produces foolish behavior. The definition of a fool is someone who knows right from wrong but doesn't care. The problem with fools is they can't be given any new information. They simply do not listen to advice that says, "if a person keeps doing this they will wind up in jail or the hospital or divorce court."
I was once given a really good piece of advice from someone who had a great deal of wisdom.
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results,"
King Solomon was considered to be one of the wisest people in the Bible. In the book of Proverbs are many scriptures that share God's wisdom to man, through Solomon.
"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm," reads Proverbs 13:20.
If people were to look back to the time when they picked up their first bad habit, most would have to agree that they were in the company of friends. Rarely does someone pick up a habit or addiction without some kind of influence from those around them.
I have noticed, in my own life, that the more I surround myself with those folks who make good choices in their lives, the better the choice I seem to make in mine. One's prayer ought to be to provide wise counsel to those who find friendship with them and pray that the choices they make will be influenced by one's wisdom and not one's foolish behavior.
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