Sunday, July 17, 2022

On power..........................

Why has there been so much misunderstanding around that day in the Valley of Elah?  On one level, the duel reveals the folly of our assumptions about power.  The reason King Saul is skeptical about David's chances is that David is small and Goliath is large.  Saul thinks of power in terms of physical might.  He doesn't appreciate that power can come in other forms as well—in breaking rules, in substituting speed and surprise for strength.  Saul is not alone in making that mistake. . . .

      What the Israelites saw, from high on the ridge, was an intimidating giant.  In reality, the very thing that gave the giant his size was also the source of his greatest weakness.  There is an important lesson in that for battles with all kinds of giants.  The powerful and strong are not always what they seem.

-Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

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