You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “A word to the wise…” followed by some sage piece of advice or information intended to direct a person on their way, avoiding some otherwise unforeseen pitfall. The idea is that the person to whom you are speaking is “wise” enough to pick up on your message without it having to be expounded upon at great length.
Otherwise, “A word the wise,” followed by good advice would make little sense. Why would you impart good advice to an already wise person? Presumably, a wise person is able to navigate the labyrinth of life without a lot of sage advice. It is everyone else who needs “the word,” not the wise.
So what would that look like? “A word to the fool…?” or “A word to the idiot…?” Maybe. I’m not sure. But after all, isn’t that who needs sage advice most of all? Fools and idiots? Fools who fall in love and let their hearts lead them into foolish predicaments? And idiots who do stupid things like burn themselves trying to light 500 sparklers all at one time in their hand?
Perhaps these things could be averted with a simple tip: ”A word to the idiot…if you try to light 500 sparklers in your hand all at once, you are going to be badly burned.”
Or, “A word to the fool…if you fall…”
Ah, there’s no use…we’re all fools for love.
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