Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
This passage gives me hope for myself. I, a foolish man, have come to recognize that I am foolish.
The Lord surely created the human heart a wonder. Painful knowledge of one’s own failings comes with its own consolation: knowing that you’re in a better state than you were before, when you did not know your failings.
In this line, I think that recognition of the painful truth is primarily what Christ meant when he said, “Blessed are those who mourn. They shall be comforted.”
Also, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The truth, the truth – bringing both joy and pain, sets us solidly on the path to freedom from the chains of the hidden, unacknowledged, and unrecognized fact. And the path is trodden by means of mourning.
To look truth straight in the eyes: this is the vocation of the Christian.
Dear reader, may God grant you self-knowledge, and the eyes to see truth.