Proverbs 26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
so honor is not fitting for a fool.
- One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.
- A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.
- One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.
The peace prize was created partly to encourage ongoing peace efforts, but Obama's efforts are at far earlier stages than those of past winners, and the committee acknowledged they may not bear fruit at all.
"If everything goes wrong, then one cannot say that this was because of Barack Obama," Jagland said. "It could be that it is because of us, all the others, that didn't respond. But I cannot exclude that Barack Obama also can contribute to the eventual failure."
Proverbs 26:8 Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.
One who fastens into a sling a stone that is meant to be flung out of the sling shows that he has neither the knowledge nor the skill to use it, and is in danger of hurting himself. Likewise, one who bestows honor on a fool shows a failure to understand the purpose of giving such recognition and stands to suffer harm when the fool proves unworthy of the honor and thus damages the reputation of the one who wrongly honored him.
Time will tell. But I'm guessing that the Nobel fools are going to be kicking themselves in the not too distant future.