Today’s proverb is, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”
This proverb implies that foolish people spend money carelessly. I disagree. What may seem careless to one, is not to another. Some people are more simple than others. The things they like may be collecting DVDs and comic books, so if a windfall happens to them, they are likely to spend the money on furthering their collections and maybe some on repaying debt. One doesn’t have to understand why a person might place great enjoyment in such things. Spending money on something you enjoy isn’t a waste. In my opinion, spending money on things you don’t enjoy is a waste. If one is in the habit of going to social events simply because it would look bad if they didn’t go, and they have a bad time, doesn’t that imply they are a fool? Each of us has a finite number of hours to live. We don’t know our number, only that our time will eventually run out. Why foolishly waste time judging others instead of spending it on things we enjoy?
Who should be the judge that something is foolish? What qualifications would this person have?
One could argue that the whole concept of money is foolish in today’s global economy, but that feels like a topic for another day.