Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Are You A Fool?

In "honour" of April Fool's Day, I thought I'll help those who wish to celebrate it today to check if they qualify:

  1. A fool says in his heart,"There is no God." (Psalm 14:1, Psalm 53:1)
  2. A fool babbles. (Proverbs 10:10)
  3. A fool spreads slander. (Proverbs 10:18)
  4. A fool enjoys doing evil. (Proverbs 10:23)
  5. A fool is arrogant and careless. (Proverbs 14:16)
  6. A fool rejects his father's discipline. (Proverbs 15:5)
  7. A fool has no interest in understanding but only wants to air his own opinions. (Proverbs 18:2)
  8. A fool insists on quarreling. (Proverbs 20:3)
  9. A fool trusts in his own heart. (Proverbs 28:26)
  10. A fool always loses his temper. (Proverbs 29:11)
  11. A fool folds his arms and destroys himself by his laziness. (Ecclesiastes 4:5)
  12. A fool speaks nonsense and his mind makes evil plans. (Isaiah 32:6)
Do you qualify? Are you a fool? Happy April Fool's Day!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try this one: A fool donates money into somebody's fat pay cheque.

Daughter Of Sarah said...

Anon- In Christian churches, if you don't know, do not donate money to the pastors. Whoever told you prob doesn't understand the reason. We tithe in obedience and revelation from the Scriptures - both Old and New. We esp tithe in revelation under the New Covenant.

FYI The person might not have wanted the fat cheque but was provided for regardless because the church as a whole feels he deserves it. He might have turned it down twice and does not like bragging about his pay cheque though outsiders made it a point and agenda to suss it out and show it off for him. Anyway if the church in question and itz people do not complain, the people outside of it, IMHO, has no right to protest since they aren't the ones that are involved in this area no?

Stan: Good one! Loved the witty intent behind the blog post. Hahaha.=D Happy replying to Anon above. =D

Stanley Wong said...

Dear Anonymous 2April_1227am,

Are you a working adult? Do you pay taxes? Do you know how much our Prime Minister earns? Well, it's $3.8 million in 2008! (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hsien_Loong#Salary)

I guess all of us working adults are fools then, "donating" our money into "somebody's" fat pay cheque.

Hope you had a wonderful April Fool's Day.

Jeffrey said...

Great post bro esp on Proverbs

Anonymous said...

“the church as a whole feels he deserves it”. Is this true or just the Church Council thinks he deserves it? There was a Church wide poll to arrive at this?

“He might have turned it down twice”. Hey, just don’t take it. Action must be consistent with the spoken word. Just like what Stanley wrote in “God Bless You”. Don’t just talk, do it or show it !

“the people outside of it, IMHO, has no right to protest” Protesting is a strong word. I don’t see anyone protesting. The internet is another coffee shop chatroom lah.

Anonymous said...

Trying to draw a parallel between taxes and donations is simply... NOT LOGICAL.

Yes, I like your quotes very, very much… but still, NOT LOGICAL.

Stanley Wong said...

Dear Anonymous,

How is drawing a parallel between taxes and donations simply NOT LOGICAL?

In both cases, money is given away to an organization which then distributes part of the pooled money to an individual as his salary or in your words (i am assuming you are the same anonymous of 1227am): "fat pay cheque".

I am glad that you like my quotes very, very much ... but still, your comment is simply NOT LOGICAL.

Anonymous said...

Donation - up to you to donate. In taxes, even though you do not agree, you HAVE TO pay, whether you are stupid or smart.

Still cannot see the dif, dear LOGICAL ?

Stanley Wong said...

Dear Anonymous,

Going by your logic, I guess the organization receiving the donations should just make it compulsory for members to donate, thus effectively converting the donations into some sort of tax.

Hence the members can no longer be termed as fools since they HAVE TO pay, whether they are stupid or smart. Same actions as before but now a different conclusion.

Kat said...

I think it is absolutely LOGICAL that those who have not donated a cent should not comment. For eg. If the MYOB Foundation decides to donate 500k to a student to further his studies, it is their prerogative to do so. Those who have not donated a cent are in no position to write to them or call them and question why 500k, exclaiming that the amount is preposterous and the student concerned does not need so much money to pursue his studies, etc. It is also totally A WASTE OF TIME for those who have no business in this matter to comment negatively and argue incessantly about it as the money belongs to the MYOB foundation and it has no need to answer to the public, especially those who try to hide behind the cover of anonymity.
People who laud freedom of speech and others who find joy in giving their two cents worth behind anonymous facades can say that it is a free world and they can say whatever they want but that does not make their griping logical or edifying.

“If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin

I shall heed Benjamin Franklin's advice and not waste anymore time. The Book of Wisdom in the Bible aptly says that " A fool has no interest in understanding but only wants to air his own opinions."(Proverbs 18:2)

No point wasting time on people (I am being polite by not using the Bible's term) who only want to air their opinions...

Anonymous said...

Dear Stanley

I don't understand how you can arrive at the scenario “going by my logic”.

My logic tells me that we should not link tax and donation. Your logic says that they are linked. How can the 2 be linked? One is compulsory and the other is free will! One is sharing and helping others; the other is fulfilling one responsibility as a citizen. Going by your logic that since both the recipients are highly paid, therefore they can be linked, then if the PM is not highly paid, it is not linked? How can you link them both by such a “logical” argument?

You just focus on the end and not the act itself to satisfy your argument! If you can get away with such argument, bringing up children and sending them to university is as good as taxes and donations!!!!!!!!!! Etc, etc, etc, etc

Anonymous said...

Dear Grace

Anonymous started the comment with "A fool donates money into somebody's fat pay cheque." The statement on its own has no merit? If the “MYOB Foundation” situation is to be reported half a year later, would the people have replied this way? Nobody would have been bothered with the first comment!

Stanley has chosen the Blog to air his views. This is not a closed/limited medium, not a newsletter or a sign-on forum. It's his choice to select a medium for his purpose. As a net surfer, I understand the nature of such a medium and I use it accordingly. Also, Stanley replied directly to me and we are discussing Tax and Donation. I don't know why this Grace lady just barge in and vent her frustration. She can, of course... this is a internet medium. But since you've spoken, now I speak.

"Those who have not donated a cent are in no position to write to them or call them and question" - Has anybody written to “MYOB FOUNDATION” and demand a explanation for the decision? You have received such a demand? Then direct your comments to them. BUT HAVE I DEMANDED AN EXPLANATION FROM “MYOB FOUNDATION”? When I first wrote the comment, I also didn't expect Grace to response. And this is not the 100+ responses from her. But the 1st! My goodness. This is the 1st and she is complaining that she has wasted time! She should not respond at all. I was chatting with Stanley on his linkage between Taxes and Donation at this moment, not on “MYOB FOUNDATION”. Grace, I must say, you are disturbed by the issue and you better find a way to calm yourself down or you'll be going around hurling accusations at people.

"No point wasting time on people (I am being polite by not using the Bible's term) who only want to air their opinions..." Please tell me which bible term that you have in mind that would make your utterance impolite? I don't know if you are really a Christian or not, cause I don't know of a Christian so far who use a Bible term to say impolite things to people or even think about doing it!

And Grace, if your comment was not targeted at Anonymous (since you did address Anon in your opening), Anon apologies to you. But you do have my sympathies.

Kat said...

Indeed Proverbs is truly The Book of Wisdom :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Grace,

Your comments are brilliant. I like your style. Keep up the neat work!

Shalom,
Benjamin