Ancient Wisdom - Can it Still be Applied Today?
*Advice on living a humane and compassionate life.
According to text in the Bible, King Solomon had spoken with God
and asked for divine wisdom. As time passed by, King Solomon was
approached by two mothers. Both women resided in the same house,
both bore children three days apart from one another, and they
were both alone in the home together. When the women came to
Solomon, one implored, "...she arose at midnight, and took my
son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in
her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose
in the morning to give my child suck, behold it was dead: but
when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my
son, which I did bear."
To that, the other women retorted, "no, but the dead is thy
son, and the living is my son."
And there stood King Solomon wondering what he was to do to
settle the dispute. Since neither mother would mourn the dead
child, whilst claiming the living as her own, Solomon was
inspired by a quick resolution. Certain that the true mother of
the child would find reason, he said, "bring me a sword," and a
sword was brought to the king, and he continued, "Divide the
living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the
Immediately, the true mother spoke up, "O my lord, give her
the living child, and in no wise slay it."
The false mother then added, "let it be neither mine nor
thine, but divide it."
Based upon Solomon's clever analogy, he was able to determine
which woman was the true mother of the living child. Giving the
real mother her child, the second woman left empty handed.
Because the wisdom of God was within King Solomon to do
judgement, Israel feared him from that day on.
But what is the true moral of this story? At what cost - what
sacrifice, are we, as human beings willing to make to gain
justice, or peace for that matter?
In modern times, families and friends can easily become foes at
the drop of a dime - given the right circumstances. All too
often, the family unit is quickly losing ethical bonds due to
monetary gain or loss. Whether a parent, grandparent or other
significant family member passes away, I find that even
close-knit family members become vulturous carnivores who are
quick to sever ties in the stead of money. Rather than giving up
monetary gain, the green-eyed monster takes over and gnashes its
teeth at its own branches.
Sadly, it happens way too much in today's society. Logically,
the rational and "better" person rises above the situation (as
in the story of King Solomon and the two mothers), sacrificing
the prize as opposed to greedily and savagely destroying it (and
all relationships concerned). If individuals would practice the
teachings of an age-old tale, perhaps this world would be a much
happier, loving and peaceful place. Some thoughts to ponder...