This much is indubitably true:
the world is a dark and dangerous place.
Of course, this is equally true:
the world is a wondrously marvelous place.
And Jesus advised followers
to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.
The trick, of course, is just how to be as wise as a serpent
without compromising the innocence of a dove,
and how to remain innocent
while cultivating wisdom.