Bill Sutter: Learning the hard way

Bill Sutter

Everyone is responsible for their choices. Man’s choices produce effect, good and bad. Our choices had best be made by intent and not by accident or chance. Too much is at stake to not choose wisely.

These matters help us to learn life’s great lessons and help us acquire necessary perceptions and skills. A humorous story comes to mind how an ignorant man became smarter.

A man entered a grocery store to get some meat. Among the meat being displayed was a pan of fish heads. The man asked the butcher, “Why are you selling these, and how much are they?”

The butcher replied, “Fish heads make you smart, and they only cost one dollar a dozen.” After a brief thought, the man bought a dozen. The man took his fish heads home, and after preparing them, sat down to eat. But soon after he ate them, he became very sick. 

A few days later, the man returned to the store and told the butcher that he had gotten really sick from eating the fish heads. He then told the butcher, “I know one thing for sure, I am never going to eat fish heads again.” The butcher replied, “See, you’re smarter already.”

In so many ways, we are like the fish-head eater, learning about life the hard way. Not only are we gullible, we are so inclined to believe anyone. Have you been eating fish heads lately? What did you learn?

One of life’s major lessons is that we need to defer to a higher authority about life and look beyond our limited thinking. Our pride gets in the way at this point. We need to be cautious of those giving their spin on what is what.

Also, our higher authority is more than an urban legend. How about reading the Good Book? There you will find a sure-fire offer from God. To paraphrase the New Testament Gospel of Matthew 11:28-29, “Come unto me, all ye that are sick of eating fish heads. Take my truth ... learn of me, for I love to help those who are teachable. You will find the truth in me and from me. It’s yours for the taking and it makes good things to happen.”

Where do you get your ultimate truth? Who is that someone who is totally for us and not against us? Certainly, we should not listen to the ignorance of those defiant of God. Ignorant and evil people are all around us. We must not be naïve about evil being in the most unexpected places.

Evil masquerades itself in many ways. Don’t learn the hard way, and do be careful of those selling fish heads. They will make you sick.

Bill Sutter is a Carthage Press columnist from Carthage, Mo.