The story behind the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme makes clear a few facts: Humpty Dumpty sat high and fell low, he was broken as a result of his fall and not even the most powerful people – who he had access to – could help Humpty Dumpty recover so, he was destroyed, he lost everything.
What we don’t learn from the story is the details of what caused Humpty Dumpty’s fall. We do know that it was a great fall, suggesting Humpty Dumpty was either powerful, important, well known or all three.
A “fall” can be a result of carelessness, an error, an oversight or underestimating a risk. What are the circumstances for the fall of a powerful person despite their access to the best knowledge and advisors? The answer usually involves dealing with arrogance – the decision to ignore or dismiss counsel from the great minds of wisdom and/or – failure to engage in study, meditation, thought, prayer and consideration,
Not all falls are avoidable but many may be avoided.
The Greatest Minds Appreciate Good Counsel and Meaningful Consideration
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.