thanks to Seer Snively, Jackal of All Trades on flickr
Straight out of the Ten Commandments, after putting the Lord your God first, having no idols, and remembering the Sabbath, we read, “Honour thy father and thy mother.”(Ex 20:12)
Proverbs 8 Hear, my child, your father’s instruction,
and do not reject your mother’s teaching;
9 for they are a fair garland for your head,
and pendants for your neck.
At first glance, of course, one may take the father’s teaching to be from God, but as it is paired with mother’s teaching it becomes clear that this refers to human parents. Imagine that! Listen to the teaching of your parents without rejecting it, wear it on your head and carry it on yourself like a pendant.
Please note, it doesn’t say anything about carrying a chain around your neck or shackles on your feet! Wisdom, and learning are not meant to weigh us down but to lift us up. To ornament or brighten us.