Fools rush in where angels fear to tread


This well-known line was originally written by Alexander Pope in his poem “An essay on criticism”.  Since then it has been used in many literature pieces and it has become a common saying too.

Today I want to re-write it: “Youth rush in where people with experience fear to tread”.

There.  I said it.

What is it with the youth these days?  The majority of youth are ill-mannered and arrogant.  They think they have the wisdom of the universe in their hands!  They think the knowledge they gained while studying for a degree puts them above people who sweated and worked hard for the life experience they have.  They think because they have a degree, they don’t have to respect people the same age as their parents.  They think when they are finished with school, they can do what they want, when they want, for as long as they want.  They think they can say what they want, to whomever they want.

We see it in politics – I shall not elaborate on this.

We see it in schools where pupils have no respect for teachers.

We see it in our homes where teenagers become rebellious because of the house rules laid down by their parents.

Daily, I see it in my place of work.  Young, arrogant graduates that think they own the world.

Somewhere, something went wrong – that’s a discussion for another day though.

Here is a warning to the youth of today, especially those reading this blog.  Don’t think you have arrived.  You have a long way ahead of you.  Be careful who you trample on the way up; you might have to face them on your way down.  Humbleness dear, humbleness – that’s what you need a good dose of.  If you don’t get it soon, life will force it on you.  Ask the older people – we have seen it happen countless times.

1 Peter 5:5 says: In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble”.


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