In my part of the world, every advice seems to be followed by some supposedly wise sayings. African societies have rich collections of very good proverbs, but those proverbs are being relegated to the background in favour of some suspiciously evangelical ‘wise’ sayings.
These supposedly ‘wise’ sayings do get on my nerves. Some of these sayings are so common that I am beginning to think perhaps people just say those things from force of habit, without actually thinking them through.
In particular, I hate ‘wise’ sayings that attach a reason to why we need to help others. For example:
- “Be nice to people on your way up, because you might meet them on your way down”
- “You don’t know what this person would be tomorrow, be nice to them today”
- “Help someone because that is what God wants good believers to do”
Do we really need a reason before we extend a helping hand to someone in need? [Read more…]