I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.
Each Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.
I hope you will too.
Both the proverb and quote this week come from America. The proverb is an interesting old Native American saying –
“Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.”
~ Native American Proverb
Again from America, Mark Twain has some humbling words for us.
What do you make of the proverb? Concealed force naturally gets people off side because it borders on trust issues. We trust that our friends are not going to hurt us, or force us against our will, because we do believe they care about us. If we felt they didn’t care, the friendship would wither and die.
We feel insulted if someone forces us to do something we don’t want to do. Sometimes we may dig our heels in and refuse, even if it is the sensible thing to do. We seem to like deciding for ourselves, which points to the intense need for self-respect.
Furthermore, it threatens our independence, choice making and self-control. All these things most people take for granted, and for someone to manipulate and force a course of action invalidates the person’s ability and right to choose for themselves.
Politicians might have sometimes forgotten the message the American Indian proverb is trying to convey.
I invite you to join in the discussion by sharing a comment below. Is force ever justified?
Does it always lead to resistance or compliance?
Proverbial Friday – Something to Ponder About