Details make the difference: As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor
The book of Ecclesiastes teaches us with simple advice that wisdom consists in always being attentive to small details, to small things that often go unnoticed by ordinary people, many times small mistakes can make the difference and cause big failures: "As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor" Ecclesiastes 10:1.
Many times perfectionists are seen as people obsessed with their work, but this is not the case; wisdom is precision and accuracy, wisdom is assertiveness. Like that fly that ruins perfume, an old English poem teaches us that a kingdom was lost for a nail. The problem of progressivity means that many times we cannot calculate the consequences of our actions: "For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." Hosea 8:7.
And an example of how a little foolishness can ruin a lot of wisdom, was what happened to King Solomon, who had great wisdom and understanding, and with his government his nation, Israel, achieved the greatest achievements in their entire history, but as the Bible relates, he made the mistake, a small mistake compared to his entire career as King, of having many wifes and concubines who, being pagans, twisted his heart and brought the worship of other gods to the promised land: "As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been" 1 Kings 11:4.
Because of a weakness, this King behaved almost like as a person who does not understand reasons: "He followed Astoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD" 1 Kings 11:5-6. And this sin brought with it that God turned his back on his successor in the Kingdom, Rehoboam, and thus the definitive division between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah was produced.
The Bible then recommends us with its wisdom, to be attentive to the small to reach the great.