Fools find no pleasure in understandingProverbs 18::2 NIV
but delight in airing their own opinions.
I’m sure you have met this person. The one who has an opinion about nearly everything. And who freely and boldly shares those opinions as if they were facts. They share, not to promote understanding; either for themselves or others. But simply because they want everyone to know what they believe. They delight in airing their own opinions.
Is it wrong to have opinions? Certainly not; we all have them. We have opinions about nearly everything we encounter. And sharing those opinions, if done correctly is not wrong either.
The problem comes when sharing our opinion is our whole purpose. When we are not interested in the feedback others might provide. Feedback that might help us to form a more grounded opinion. Nor are we particularly interested in promoting a greater understanding in those we share with. But our primary purpose is just to air our opinion.
Solomon calls this person a fool. Not because they are mentally deficient. On the contrary, they could be brilliant. Solomon contrasts the fool with the one who exhibits wisdom. The fool is one who lacks wisdom and seems uninterested in obtaining it.
One way that the fool can gain wisdom is to listen and learn from others. You do not necessarily need to agree with them. But listen and try and understand. Pay attention to their feedback. It is just possible they might have something valuable to say. Something you might learn from.