Answer not a fool according to his folly,     lest you be like him yourself.Answer a fool according to his folly,     lest he be wise in his own eyes. Which one is it? Answer the fool or not? On the surface, these verses appear contradictory. But with just a little thought, the brilliance of the poetry comes through, and the meaning is clear and agreeable. It all hinges on how you interpret the preposition ke (“according to”) in each…