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The heaviest ear of grain bends its head the lowest.
Note: The ancient Greeks wrote something similar to this week's proverb in the Apocrypha, "The greater thou art, the more humble thyself." Perhaps, the metaphor is a recognition that the greater one's knowledge becomes, the more one realises how ignorant one is. The more one strives for perfection, the more apparent becomes the futility of such a pursuit. For most of us,
"Buaic na baoise a deir Cóheilit, buaic na baoise! Níl in aon ní ach baois! ... Ritheann na haibhneacha go léir isteach san fharraige ach ní líontar í choíche; mar sin féin coinníonn na haibhneacha orthu ag déanamh ar a gceann cúrsa go brách." ("Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! ... All rivers go to the sea, yet never does the sea become full. To the place where they go, the rivers keep on going." )Cóheilit 1:2,7 (Ecclesiastes 1:2,7)