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    Mdw Ntr - Divine Speech - Good Speech

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    by , 03-21-2008 at 01:44 PM (14353 Views)

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    I was reading the book, The Teachings of Ptah-Hotep, which is considered the oldest book in the world. This book comes out of Egypt from Ptah-Hotep who is a Pharaoh trainer to put it simply. It’s amazing that the oldest known book to man spoke about righteous. Anyways the point I wanted to draw attention to is his first teaching/instruction to the Prince (the king’s son) was:
    Don't be proud of your knowledge, Consult the ignorant and the wise; the limits of art are not reached, no artist's skills are perfect; good speech is more hidden than emeralds, yet may be found among maids at the grindstones.
    If this is what was being taught to the soon to be highest person of the ancient Egyptian empire, which was roughly the size as modern day Egypt, why can’t we apply the same logic? How many of us are arrogant with their knowledge? And ignore and look down on the ignorant? He says “the limits of art are not reached, no artist’s skill is perfect” - which is linked to the he earlier statement in the book where he says “No man is born wise” – so why do we sometimes claim perfection through our arrogance and shunning ways? The killer part is that he then says, “good speech (Mdw Ntr) is more hidden than emeralds, yet may be found among maids at the grindstones.” He takes it further to compare good speech (Mdw Ntr) to the speech of a servant. You have remember this one compacted teaching/instruction is being given to the soon to be most important and highest ranking person in the empire. He is training him to be knowledgeable, wise, and humble. What has happened to our knowledgeable people?

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    1. MsLioness's Avatar
      Here I am. (jp)

      Thanks for introducing me to him. I believe I read the different translations of the book until I literally couldn't keep my eyes open.
      In my sleep, I swear I dreamed of emeralds in clear water.

      I don't know, you have the 45 pages of commentary that I don't have.

      But, reading it, I was thinking about the maids. Maids are not to have anything to say, but are the doers. And perhaps that is the best speech....good deeds and silence.

      Thanks for the introduction, again Truth.

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