“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.” Proverbs 15:14
Our false self is the self-invented world that distracts us from living in God’s world. This is not how God sees us. God does not love us in this way, but it is how we have been programmed to view ourselves and others. I love this passage because it is a constant reminder that I am either on a search for truth or trash.
The fool is in constant search to feel worthy, to fit in, to be validated. He is searching for evidence outside of himself to prove that he is “great” and “superior.” He is not sure that he is. He is not sure that everything will be okay. He seeks second-hand confirmations to soothe its fears and inflate his hopes.
The wise person seeks the truth, not his truth which can be easily skewed, but God’s absolute truth. He is also on a constant journey, but the wise man goes inside. The wise man does not consult the world or condemn it. The wise man rests with God. He does not ache to be validated. He is sure everything is as it should be. He seeks truth inside of himself, while still embracing his humanity and that of those around him. He soothes his fears by resting in God and awakes to offer love to himself and others.
What makes us wise men or fools is simply defined by what we are seeking.