“Information is gold. Information is wealth. Know the state of your flocks.
Do not assume you know how your herds are doing. Check it out.
Look well to your herds.
The reason the exhortation is necessary is that when you are not looking, all kinds of things are happening. They don’t cease their activity simply because the overseer is being a slouch.
Unwatched weeds grow.
Unwatched sheep wander off.
Unwatched ledgers get into a horrible mess.
So the reason given for being diligent and looking well to your herds is that riches are not forever, and the legacy of a crown is not automatic.
But when you have wealth—any amount of it, any form of it—the easiest thing in the world to do is to take its continued existence for granted.
All of us tend to think that whatever happened to us last year, provided it was good, is an everlasting birthright.
It will continue on, automatically.
No, it won’t.
Be diligent. Look well.”