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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Aesop's Fable Friday.

The Stag at the Pool.

A thirsty Stag went to a Pool to drink. As he saw his own reflection in the water, he was struck with admiration for his fine antlers, but at the same time felt disgust for the weakness and slenderness of his legs.

While he stood there he was attacked by a Lion: but he drew away from his pursuer, and kept his lead as the ground over which he ran was open and free of trees.

But coming to a wood, he was caught by his antlers in the branches, and fell victim to his enemy.

"Woe is me!" he cried with his last breath, "I despised my legs, which might have saved my life, but gloried in my horns, which have proved my ruin."

Moral of the story: What is worth most is often valued least.

Deep. Aesop's Fables are deep. And brutal too. The stories make the point though - don't they?

14 Comments:

Blogger Mike's America said...

But couldn't the stag have used his antlers to defend himself against the lion?

20 May, 2006 12:46  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I thought the same thing, Mike. LOL! I guess he didn't think of that.

20 May, 2006 20:59  
Blogger Mike's America said...

It must have been a liberal stag. Run away and hope your weaknesses don't catch up with you.

20 May, 2006 22:54  
Blogger MonicaR said...

The first thing I do when I read an Aesop's Fable is attempt to apply it to the lefties. Then I attempt to apply it to nations and what is happening in the world today.

This one I would apply like this: The lefties value those things that would bring us down. They do not value those things that will keep us safe and strong. They feel scorn and contempt for the qualities in Americans that make our nation great. They hate patriotism, individualism, religious devotion, capitalism, constitutionalism and logic among other things.

21 May, 2006 12:07  
Blogger Adrian said...

Monica,
I thought it might mean that one's points of strength are paradoxically one's greatest liabilities / weaknesses.

Eg. the greatest strength of America today is its readiness to go to war to protect its own interests. And that's why its antlers have been caught in the Iraqi date palms.

21 May, 2006 14:38  
Blogger MonicaR said...

That would be an incorrect interpretation Adrian. :-D

The moral of the story: What is worth most is often valued least.

It also cannot truthfully be applied to coalition forces in Iraq - because it happens to be the terrorist insurgents whose antlers are hopelessly entangled in date palms. Don't you get the latest news? Oh. That's right. They're not reporting that - - one has to go digging to get it.

Also - the greatest strength of America is not it's willingness to go to war. I WOULD count among our strengths as Americans: knowing that war is sometimes necessary.

21 May, 2006 14:52  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Oh you just KNEW you'd get at least one moonbat interpretation on this!

Let it go Adrian: You foks were WRONG about Iraq! Wrong, wrong and WRONG!

21 May, 2006 23:01  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Adrian believes, with all his heart and soul - and in spite of any evidence to the contrary, that the insurgents are winning in Iraq. Unfortunately he is not alone in this.

21 May, 2006 23:45  
Blogger "Alice" said...

It's amazing how the moral of this fable can be attributed to so many things throughout one's life.

22 May, 2006 05:38  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I know Alicenot. I am thoroughly enjoying Aesop's Fables all over again.

22 May, 2006 23:30  
Blogger Adrian said...

About insurgents winning in Iraq, the very existence of a protracted insurgency is itself a defeat for America which is striving for one world - one ideology - one superpower. That's why they aren't venturing into Iran for the time being.

Well may be Iraq's the wrong example then. How about Vietnam? Did the MSM misrepresent that one? Are the history books still misrepresenting it?

25 May, 2006 01:22  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Adrian raises the specter of Vietnam in typical lefty fashion. You're too predictable and quite frankly the Vietnam comparison has been ripped to shreds by the facts and it happened quite awhile ago. Didn't you get the memo?

Okay so we're only killing 2,000 terrorists a month in Iraq. Not enough for you Adrian? Too bad.

I like the one about how the US wants to rule the world - that's a good one. Imperialism, another fave of the left.

25 May, 2006 10:41  
Blogger Adrian said...

Monica,
Comparison with what? Don't be so defensive. I was comparing the Vietnam story with the Fable and not with Iraq.

Killing 2000 terrorists a month? You've been watching that dreadful Fox News again! At that rate the last terrorist would have died in April 2004.

The number of insurgents may be declining at present (I don't think the insurgents can win in the long run) but the US has systematically sown the seeds of disasters to come by training Shiite militia in the name of building up an Iraqi security force.

Well fine I agree that the US doesn't want to rule the world. The Middle East and Venezuela will do for the time being!

27 May, 2006 14:31  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Sadly it's not even being reported on FoxNews. In fact FoxNews has been annoying me quite a bit - they're quite sensationlistic and the crap they're reporting (over and over and over and over and over again...) is so miniscule in importance when compared with what is happening in this world.

27 May, 2006 23:32  

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