If you have ever been in a position where you know you are right, and someone else believes that they are right, but in fact they are wrong, and then realize that they are wrong, then your typical reaction would be one of confident victory.
There are only two views of life. The first view is the correct view, and the second view is the incorrect view.
Truth is the first view. Truth comes from God. Truth is the correct and accurate match-up of facts with reality. Anything and everything else, is not truth.
This is the Devils world. Evil is the Devils policy. Evil spends all of its time emphasizing distractions in everything imaginable in order to redirect people away from truth. And so people get caught up in the details of life, such as whether to wear this color or that color, whether someone is smarter or not so smart, whether to be a part of this group or that group, whether this or that sin is better or worse than another, and the list goes on and on and on, into every possible and imaginable subject and category of life.
And people get caught up in all of these details, and consequently get distracted away from truth. And therefore their focus and priorities in life, get all mixed up.
God has created a process by which truth can be learned and understood, and therefore allows a person to see the real and important things of life, and discern the differences in life, and realize that eternal life and preparation for it, are more important than any or all of the details that exist in this world.
The details of life lead to pettiness and mediocrity, and they lead you to a dead end in your life.
The details of Bible doctrine lead you to correct wisdom, and therefore the correct priorities of life, which are God, and Christ, and your spiritual life, and your eventual destiny in heaven forever.
And so people run around through life and through history, with their, I am so right, heads cut off, and do not realize the error of their ways and the error of their priorities, until the end of their life.
And they are hounded and burdened with the calamities of life, never realizing that they are bringing them all onto themselves.
And wisdom, which happens to be the subject of these Proverbs, sits back and smiles and laughs at the ridiculousness of humanity in its distraction from truth, and the calamity consequences of that mindset.
Making the details of this life your utmost priority, even to the point of being rigid about those details, whatever they are, are nothing more than a trap and a distraction away from truth.
Your destiny is not in this world, it is in heaven. And ignoring preparation for that correct destiny, is the ultimate failure of life.
Study [by instruction],
to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]
a workman [student]
that need not be ashamed [ignorant],
rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]
the word of truth [Bible doctrine].