27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.
Know When to Stop
There are those who feel that they just have to know. If they sniff out that there is more to a story, they will dig in the dirt until they find it. Sometimes such people unearth destructive truths that are best left undisturbed. I am thinking of situations like Jean Valjean. In Les Miserables he has reformed his life, but a persistent law officer wants to dig up a past that he has left behind.
Also, there are those in real life who would rather know everything than show discernment. In fact, there is a misconception that truly romantic couples tell each other every thought. In a perfect world there are no faults to be known, in our flawed world our insecurities mean that we can only accept so much truth about an individual. On days when they think we are fat, disagreeable, or obnoxious it is probably better that we are unaware of it until that day has passed.
- What is it not good to do?
- Why is gossip or inside information like honey?
- How can too much information harm a relationship?
- When a person starts to reveal something, do you have to have them reveal the rest or can you let them stop short?
- How could you discern whether you truly need to know more information about a topic or person?