Saturday, May 13, 2023

On Turtles, Giraffes, and Bad Motivational Quotes

A few days a go I saw a post on Facebook that said:

If you're a giraffe and you get criticism from turtles, just remember they are reporting the view from the level they are on. #Perspective

A lot of the comments said things like, "Amen," "Great word," and "Beautiful!" On the surface of it, the saying sounds like good advice, especially in the context of the giraffe being in a position to physically see things the turtle cannot.

However, we must keep in mind that lowly turtle, because of his vantage point, can see things about the giraffe that the giraffe cannot. 

Even though the giraffe has a very long neck, placed on top of a body supported by long legs, the giraffe cannot even see all of himself. Giraffes, like most mammals, have only seven vertebrae in their necks. No matter how long a giraffe's neck is, the limitation of seven neck bones means it can't position its head to see every part of itself.

Now, if there is someone in your circle whose chief aim in life seems to be finding fault and criticizing, then you're probably fairly safe in discounting their criticism. But the fact that someone else doesn't have the level of education you have, hasn't reached the measure of success you have attained, or doesn't wield as much influence as you, does not mean you can automatically cast aside any critique or correction they bring. Their lowly perspective may just allow them to see something to which your lofty vantage point blinds you.

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment. -- Romans 12:3

So dont be so quick to dismiss criticism on the basis of who is offering it. God may just be using the lowly things of the world to point out the weakness of those who consider themselves to be great.

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