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Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Event Horizon on September 8th, 2018, 8:12 pm 

I thought I might make a place where we can share folk/oral/learned wisdom. For example, there was an old Indian saying that you don't know a land until you know its shadows. I thought about that. Then I came up with, you do not know a man until you know their shadows.

I wonder what other stuff we can add.
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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Braininvat on September 8th, 2018, 9:41 pm 

Floss daily. (you included oral wisdom)
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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Serpent on September 8th, 2018, 10:34 pm 

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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Event Horizon on September 9th, 2018, 5:29 pm 

Dentistry wasn't quite what I had in mind, but gongrats on finding humour in the OP!
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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Braininvat on September 10th, 2018, 12:04 am 

Seriously, it's a good thread topic and I will try later to contribute some folk wisdom.

I would guess you want something more than just Benjamin Franklin type stuff.
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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Event Horizon on September 19th, 2018, 9:13 am 

Example: Lichen does not generally grow on the north side of a tree-trunk. So if one finds oneself lost in a forest, day or night, one can navigate successfully by feeling where the lichen is if it's too dark to see, without having to refer to the stars which will be obscured. Works better in cold climates.
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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Braininvat on September 19th, 2018, 9:55 am 

Lichen grow only on the north side of trees. It is sensitive to direct sun, so it stays on the north side in the northern hemisphere.
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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Serpent on September 19th, 2018, 11:17 am 

But a rolling stone gathers no moss.

This old folk saying is physically accurate, and a good summary of a human situation. You also have to think about the implications to realize just how pithy an observation it is.
Sometimes I think our ancestors of two thousand years ago were smarter than in we are.
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Re: Folk Wisdom Thread.

Postby Braininvat on September 19th, 2018, 12:05 pm 

One I've always liked, particularly in how you grow deeper in your understanding of its truth:

The world doesn't owe you happiness.
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