“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
There once was a General who needed to cross a river. He was unsure of the depth and wondered if he and his horse could make it to the other side. He looked around for a bridge, but instead saw a little boy fishing nearby. He asked the little boy for advice on which part of the river would be safest to cross.
The boy looked at the size of the General’s horse and paused for a moment. He then confidently said, “General, it is safe for you and your horse to cross the river.” The General proceeded to cross the river. As he approached the middle of the river, he suddenly realized that it was, in fact, very deep, and as a result he almost drowned. Miraculously, his horse brought them both safely to shore.
After he recovered from his shock, he shouted at the boy and threatened to punish him for his lies. The boy was stunned and innocently replied, “But General, I see my ducks crossing the river every day without any problem, and my ducks have shorter legs than your horse.”
Many people love to give advice, but do they really know what they are talking about? Make sure those who give you advice know what they are talking about.