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#18 – “Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.”

Spanish Proverb

This proverb at face value:

  • It’s not advisable to tell a man/woman to go off to war if he/she is not ready to fight.
  • It’s not helpful to suggest a man/woman marry another if he/she hasn’t thought of it first.

This proverb peeled back a bit more:

  • If someone isn’t ready to “be brave,” then let him “be weak” until he’s prepared. But keep in mind he may never be ready. This is his prerogative. Someone else will go “to battle” in his place.
  • If someone doesn’t want to dedicate her life to someone (like a spouse) or something (like a career), you cannot force the affection. Spouses and professions should only be chosen by the one doing the marrying and the working.
A friend saw this proverb in a completely different light. Conclusion?
Proverbs: pithy statements meant to be interpreted and interpreted again . . .

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