8/29/2006

Proverbs and the Internet

Last night, Emily and I came across this Bible verse in our reading:

When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, the foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest. (Proverbs 29:9)

It struck me that this is a fantastically accurate description of the internet - only the wise-to-fool ratio on the internet is really low. If you spend any time at all following exchanges on blogs, message boards, etc., you find a whole lot of anger and laughing and no rest. These are the standard responses in debates about any highly-charged issue: either the respondent gets really angry at a particular argument, or they simply laugh it off as undeserving of serious consideration. It just goes to show that human nature doesn't change, and the wisdom of Solomon is as relevant today as it was when it was written.