The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 18: Birth

Another bag of mixed wisdom. I think what annoys me most about this is the complete lack of any attempt to work out a consistent system of ethical or moral conduct in this book. There’s just a bunch of prescriptions for behaviour, without any context or explanation, and many a contradiction between them to be found.

1. No one can help being born.
Painfully obvious
2. We are not completely born until we are dead.
I suppose no one can help dying, either.
3. I wept when I was born, and every day shows why.
Depressing much? I assume Grayling is a fan of the Vale of Tears interpretation of the world
4. No one is born with an axe in hand.
And what a good thing for their mothers that is.
5. No one is born a partisan of this or that cause; all such are made.
The immediately preceding proverb said the same thing, only so much more evocatively.