It is unbecoming. . .

Teacher Afram

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
— Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

Also proverbs. But if you are a budding anthropologist they seem like a natural gather.  However proverbs were never meant to be harvested like saskatoons, or stripped from the branches like chokecherries.  They are more like wild strawberries, picked one at time.

So proverbs are to be judiciously used by elders, to salt their conversation.  And we youth painstakingly gather them one by one over time.  We also obey, run errands for, sit at the feet of, and otherwise cultivate our elders so than from time to time they will unbend and explain meanings and usage.

Proverbs, like idioms, are tricky things and should not be misapplied.  An elder knows the shifting colours of a proverb he has employed and when to use it.   One thinks of Jesus, sitting on the hillside broadcasting his maxims and extended proverbs, the parables, to the masses, but reserving their interpretation for those few who had the passion to see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and respond with their hearts.

Nkonyas say, “If you know how to wash your hands, you have eaten among the elders”


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