An article written by Lee Sonogan
You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. — Matthew 5:13 (World English Bible)
- An individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.
- Basic, fundamental goodness; the phrase can be used to describe any simple, good person: “I like Mary: she’s reliable, trustworthy, and straightforward; she’s the salt of the Earth.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers, who are mainly fishermen and other simple people, “Ye are the salt of the Earth.”
I have always liked the phrase Salt of the Earth as it is a metaphor essential for life. The symbolism alone makes it ambiguous although containing many themes of positive value and quality. In human health, the analogy is somewhat a chemically a necessity, its key meanings associate with morality, principles, innocence, upright, decent, incorruptible or anything else you can interpret it as. The phrase as displayed above originated from Christianity.
- People who are described as ‘the salt of the earth’ are those who are considered to be of great worth and reliability.
The saying also can be as negative as in the Middle Ages salt poisoned the land under authoritarian rule. Other older phrases that could have contributed good to win in definition, ‘above the salt’ and important workers were ‘worth their salt‘. Remaining in pop culture, there is a movie with that name that looks interesting and there is a professional wrestler named MJF who also goes under label Salt of the Earth.
Concluding this explanatory article, expect more pieces of content like this as I determine definitions of information that I want to learn more about. Typing out these things only add to my and your vocabulary. One day I intend to complement something by commenting they are the Salt of the Earth.