First, get a million dollars

One of the evening lectionary readings for the feast of Saint Philip and St. James tokay reminds me of the Steve Martin bit where he says something like, “how to become a millionaire… First, get a million dollars.” In the reading Proverbs 4:7 says “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight.”

It also reminds me of a bit from “Hee Haw” where a patient says to his doctor “it hurts in all these places.” The doctor drawls in response, “Well, the thing for you to do is stay out of them places.” The Proverbs reading says, “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.” In other words, “stay out of them places.”

Sometimes profound = simple and obvious, but simple and obvious truths are no less true than complex and obtuse ones.


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