Keep company with wise people and you will become wise, live right and you will be rewarded with good things because good people will have wealth to leave their grandchildren.
“We fight not for glory nor for wealth nor honour, but only and alone we fight for freedom which no good man surrenders but with his life.”
–Robert the Bruce (Brus), King of Scots, 24 June 1314.
Keeping company with those who have rejected God will ruin you because trouble follows – your wealth will go to those who live right.
In children’s stories, this can be very simple: the good guys win, the bad guys lose. In narratives for older readers, the ending is more complex, with some lose ends left dangling, and others ambiguous. Yet the ultimate appropriateness of the ending is rarely in doubt. If a tale ended with Harry Potter being tortured to death and the Dursley family dancing on his grave, the audience would be horrified, of course, but also puzzled: that’s not what happens in stories. Similarly, in a tragedy, we would be surprised if King Lear’s cruelty to Cordelia did not lead to his demise.
Definition of good – someone who will take unused fields so they can yield plenty of food for the poor – those who have rejected God will keep those fields from being farmed.
Being good at whatever we want to do – playing the violin, running a race, painting a picture, leading a group of people – is among the deepest sources of fulfillment we will ever know. Most of what we want to do is hard. That’s life. Encountering problems, discouragement, and disappointment is inevitable. So any knowledge about what makes us better at the things we want to do – real knowledge, not myth or conjecture – can be used not just to make us richer but also to make us happier. – Talent is Overrated