A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man’s wisdom even if he associates with a sage. – Dalai Lama
“A spoon cannot taste the food it carries” – Absolutely! A spoon is just a medium to carry the food. It cannot taste the food it carries. It remains unaware of the taste of the food that it carries on itself. This is because, in life, there are times we do certain jobs just because we have been chosen as the medium for it.
In the same way, a foolish man will never be able to understand the wise decision of a man who is virtuous. Even if a foolish man gets linked with the sage, it is less likely for that person to understand the logic behind a wise man’s decision.
This adage simply represents that in life, you will often be chosen as just a medium and you have no other job to do if you aren’t smart enough. It is important to understand your spaces of action if you actually want to achieve something.
You may not be born as a smart person, but if you are sensible enough, you are sure to act wisely and implement your life on the right path.
In the same way, you must understand that a foolish man will not turn smart overnight even though he remains in touch with a sage. Association will never help you if you do not have your own initiative to do better on your end and make things worthwhile.