As axioms and contemporary proverbs go I think this is a good example to consider. A fool thinks that a proverb or axiom must apply in every possible case while a wise person can recognize that a proverb must be understood with at least some context. I'm willing to go on a limb and propose that Wendy's case study is a positive example of how a proverbial observation can develop and how it is grounded in an observation of the world at large. We're not done blogging through Ecclesiastes and Martin Shields' commentary on the book just yet but it's worth mentioning that many proverbs developed through observation of the world. More, perhaps, on this stuff later as adventures in Ecclesiastes moves on.