No, this proverb isn’t about politics as it is usually discussed. Politics, when boiled down to its essence, is about the structure and functioning of relationships for the mutual benefit of all, usually through laws, policies, or procedures. Realistically, whenever there are human relationships, you also have politics; the two are inseparable. The more people involved, the greater the significance of politics. Of course, people, being people, twist what is supposed to be for the mutual benefit of all, to the benefit of themselves.
Triangles, in terms of relationships, has to do with the distribution of power and manipulation. If you are in conflict with someone, the best resolution comes when you deal with that person, and work out the problem directly. A triangle happens when you go to someone else within the same network and present your case in order to get them on your side and get their help in influencing a decision in your favor.
In the Bible book of Proverbs, Solomon writes “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.” (3:13) The book of Proverbs is Solomon’s manual on wisdom. According to Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, the foundation of wisdom is clearly identified: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7a). For “fear” in this context read “awe.” Until we realize how awesome God is, and who we are in comparison true wisdom will be an illusion.
Complacency is not the same thing as trust or faith; don’t get confused at this point. Trust is an active emotion which builds upon past performance and projects future behavior. Similarly, faith hinges upon belief in people or information that is often unsupported. Both are dynamic and provide foundations for change. Complacency, however, is the acceptance of the status quo at a level which relinquishes any personal options for change;