Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs

I’m not much of a podcast kind of gal. In fact, I often forget that they exist unless my husband sends me a recording or another friend directs me to something profound or otherwise entertaining. Youtube I utilize, but anything that suggests I need to add another app leaves me cold.

Or at least, that was the case until my friend made me aware of the upcoming series of podcasts by Joshua Gibbs aptly titled, Proverbial. You can listen to the introductory overview of what to expect at this Castbox link.

It wasn’t long ago that I reviewed his excellent book, How to Be Unlucky, and included a short excerpt, the spirit of which appears to be the motivation for the podcasts:

The modern man wants every proverb qualified, asterisked, and stated so tentatively that it has nothing to do with himself. Only a common man cares about what commonly happens, but ours is a generation of proud weirdos. For a proverb to be of value to a man, he must see himself as normal, ordinary, common. He must not see himself as special, atypical, excused from the law of averages. A proverb is not a law, but a description of the world right down the middle. Thus, the more unique a man thinks himself, the less open he is to the wisdom of the ages, for Solomon is not interested in describing the unusual cases, but the conventional ones. p.91

Yeah. I’m totally looking forward to listening to this, seeing as I am a woman constantly in the throes of disavowing myself of my uniqueness and sense of self-importance.

3 thoughts on “Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs

  1. smkoseki says:

    Only a common man cares about what commonly happens, but ours is a generation of proud weirdos. For a proverb to be of value to a man, he must see himself as normal, ordinary, common.

    I would say anyone who attempts to follow Christ & not their personal version of Jesus & me (that is, could still enjoy a beer with Sts. Clement/Ignatius/Martyr https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0030FQOU2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 ) seems to me (by definition) today a “proud weirdo”. The common man today? Seems mostly unrepentant pagan with TV & Disney mixed in. But maybe I need to listen to the cast to get the flavor.

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  2. Elspeth says:

    He’s juxtaposing the mentality of the average, or common, postmodern man against the type that can appreciate the wisdom of a proverb.

    You’re saying the same thing as him but you’re talking about how people really are and he’s talking about how postmodern people perceive themselves as a “proud weirdo” for whom no general truism applies.

    Post modern men (and women) see themselves as walking, breathing exceptions to every rule.

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  3. smkoseki says:

    Ah, I get it now! It’s amazing, as our culture splinters, how hard it is to convey “normal”, even if really trying. Humor is especially hard; jokes are not funny at all to the people actually living out what said joke, and how does one know? Or, as a pastor, should you bring “popular” TV shows or movies or news into your homilies, leaving many like me clueless? Or discuss porn? It’s simply impossible anymore to talk about anything anymore without calling attention to the fact nothing is “normal” anymore…

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