All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
This thread will be dedicated to The Hovamol and its wonderful wisdom, i will add a new stanza every couple of days. The only thing i ask is we stay on topic and that after i add a new stanza we will drop the discussion of the previouse one to focus on the new. I also ask we dont discuss the spelling of it :D i know there are several different spellings, this is the one i was introduced to.
Ok our first stanza is
Wits must he have | who wanders wide,
But all is easy at home;
At the witless man | the wise shall wink
When among such men he sits.
The first half of the stanza is interperted by me as: If your out for the day running errands, hanging with friends, or travelling far from home you must act in a professional manner, act respectfully and always use your intelligence and wisdom when not at home. The third line i see as meening, when your at home its all good act as you will, be goofy, be an asshole, be whatever you feel you need to be in the confines of your own home where all is easy.
The second half i interpert as: If your a moron or act like a moron you will be treated like one. "the wise shall wink..." to me meens that if your witless people will be condecending and haughty toward you, to avoid this act with wisdom and grace, something i know i could be better at.
How do you interpert this? How do you live this?
I agree entirely with your assessment of the first portion of the stanza. However, there are nine virtues that make up the backbone of this religion, and none of them promote "being an asshole". Being at ease at home is a common virtue though. You know, You are home, relax. Be with your kith and kin, care for them and let the stresses of the day melt away.
I think that the second half is not so much that others will be condescending towards the witless. However, it puts those who would act like a lack wit to be ignored at best; a much greater dishonor. The wise and strong do not mock those that are weaker or more simple; that would put them on the same level as the simpleton.