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Steve Lunetta: Wisdom just ain't what it used to be

Posted: February 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head
And ornaments about your neck.”

New American Standard Bible, Prov 1:8-9

Yeah, all you anti-God types out there already tuned me out. That’s OK. I don’t mind. But, maybe a few of you will hang around to read what I have to say.

The Bible has many good things in it. Even if you are not a Christian, there are so many pearls of great price in it that immensely enrich our lives. That is, if we are willing to practice them.

Take this little snippet from Proverbs. What this is basically saying is listen to your mom and dad. They have valuable things to share with you that will cause you benefit in the long run if you heed them.

Do moms and dads tell their kids wrong things so that they will be harmed intentionally? Of course not. Mom and Dad have “been there, done that” and are trying to impart some experience on their progeny.

Or, dare we use the word “wisdom”?

That word has such a bad connotation today. The media equates wisdom with old thinking, narrow-mindedness, shackles of the past and morbidity. The young, poisoned by this thinking, fail to listen and wind up making horrible and fateful mistakes.

Granted, every generation seems to go through this process. The younger generation shakes their fist at the older and loudly claims, “I’m not going to be like you!” but then eventually gains the wisdom to become the responsible older generation.

I was a typical teenager and college kid. I was convinced that my parents were stupid and I was all-knowing, until I had my epiphany.

During my senior year in college, I was washing my clothes in an apartment laundry room, wondering how much detergent and softener to use, where it went in the stupid machine and what buttons to push. I decided to call my mom and ask.

After she helped me get the clothes going and I hung up the phone, I began to realize how smart my mom was. Me, the smart college guy, did not have the brains to wash my boxer shorts. What an idiot.

Maybe I needed to learn how to put my pride aside, realize that I needed help, and ask the person that I knew was qualified to help me: Mom.

When I read about Governor Brown calling the new Congressional drought bill “divisive,” I was reminded of my same scenario.

Our state is out of water. For too many years, the Democrats that controlled Sacramento were too busy handing out big checks to public employee unions, creating new entitlements for people that did not need them and creating useless public works projects (bullet train anyone?) that they neglected basic needs like roads and water.

Essentially, our Legislature’s irresponsible behavior has got us into this position.

The United States Congress, with HR 3964, hopes to fix these issues by allowing farmers to increase pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and create a Congressional committee to begin addressing water problems in the west.

Rather than listening to the feds who are trying to help the Golden State fix a mess of our own creation, Brown’s response sounds almost teenager-like: We don’t have a problem. We don’t need your help. We don’t need to listen to you.

Quite unfortunate. I think one of the biggest turning points in my life was to start listening to people with the knowledge and experience that I did not have. By doing so, maybe I could avoid the problems and pitfalls that happened to them.

It amazes me how some people will not listen to sound advice. It could be arrogance, it could be pride, it could be self-delusion, or maybe a combination thereof. Many folks go through life never listening to the advice of others.
Those individuals will have a diluted impact in life. Man learns from his fellow man. Man learns from his mom and dad.

Jerry Brown needs to learn from those in Congress who have better ideas for water than what has been practiced in the past.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and realizes he still has much to learn. He can be reached at


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