April Fool’s Day

Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it. (H. L. Mencken, 20th century American journalist)

Mencken’s comment is a rather cynical observation. Surely, it isn’t helpful to anticipate that anyone who speaks is a fool. Yet, the point is well taken that after one speaks, it usually becomes quite clear whether the speaker is wise or foolish. The best attitude may simply be to listen with discernment and reserve judgment until you’ve heard the whole story.

Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish (Proverbs 18:13).