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Unveiling Solomon's Paradox & The "Guru" Hypocrisy

March 18, 20242 min read
  • Do you take health advice from a fat Personal Trainer?

  • Do you trust your dentistry to a Dentist with bad teeth?

  • Do you take relationship advice from a person who's been divorced twice?

  • Do you heed wealth wisdom from someone who's been bankrupt?

  • Do you take parenting advice from a parent whose kids are disengaged?

In the realm of wisdom and advice, the enigmatic Solomon's paradox emerges as a compelling phenomenon. This paradox suggests that individuals often possess the ability to dispense sagacious counsel to others, yet falter when it comes to heeding their own advice. Much like the biblical King Solomon, renowned for his wisdom yet flawed in his personal decisions, modern society witnesses a parallel in the behaviors of so-called gurus.

I wanted to write about this as we are all suffering from 'infobesity'. There's so much information out there. It's debilitating. Where do you start? Who do you watch, follow or listen to? Who do you give your precious attention to? Given that I've fallen prey to a number of 'gurus' over the years, I'm pretty sure I wrote this blog for me first and you second.

In today's world, self-proclaimed gurus inundate various platforms, offering guidance on everything from personal development to financial success. However, amidst their charismatic teachings lies a glaring incongruity—their failure to practice what they preach. While adept at articulating principles of success and fulfillment, many gurus find themselves ensnared in contradictions, unable to apply their own teachings to their lives.

This phenomenon serves as a poignant reminder of Solomon's paradox in contemporary context. Just as individuals may excel in advising others while neglecting their own well-being, so-called gurus often fall victim to their own human frailties, succumbing to the very pitfalls they caution against. It underscores the importance of discernment in seeking guidance, urging individuals to scrutinize the authenticity and integrity of those who assume the mantle of wisdom. For true enlightenment transcends mere rhetoric; it demands alignment between words and deeds, a harmony seldom found in the realm of self-proclaimed gurus.

Let me know how this resonates with you. Where have you fallen prey? Who do you follow & get advice from these days?

Question everything! Question everyone! Tread your own path carefully.


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