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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 26, 2006

Aesop's Fable Friday.

The Astronomer.

There was once an Astronomer whose habit it was to go out at night and observe the stars. One night, as he was walking about outside the town gates, gazing up absorbed into the sky and not looking where he was going, he fell into a dry well.

As he lay there groaning, some one passing by heard him, and, coming to the edge of the well, looked down. On learning what had happened, he said, "If you really were looking so hard at the sky that you didn't even see where your feet were carrying you along the ground, it appears to me that you deserve all you've got."

Moral of the story: You can look at the stars, but watch where you're going.


Blogger Always On Watch said...

Reminds me of the typical absent-minded professor. Head in the clouds but no practicality.

27 May, 2006 06:58  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Too funny! When I was a kid, I was this fable, in reverse.
I always had my eyes on the ground. I was a big-time rock collector AND a horrible klutz. Watching the ground kept me from tripping over everything in my path.
My Dad constantly nagged me to keep my head up and notice the world around me. ;)

27 May, 2006 08:11  
Blogger Adrian said...

Is this a true story or a fable? It's said to have happened to Thales of Miletus.

It refers to a group of people who invaded a country for the sake of oil and kept thinking of nothing but the oil and landed up in a mess...:)

27 May, 2006 14:36  
Blogger Skye said...

From Aesop to Liberal Cognitive Dissonance Disorder.

Quite a leap.

I love that "oil" story, although you have completely missed the point. Which, by the by, is a direct reflection of this Friday's Fable.

The 'Oil' you referred to is Olive Oil.

Oneday, Thales concluded that there would be a bumper crop of olives. He raised the money to put a deposit on the olive presses, so that when the harvest was ready, he was able to let them out at a rate which brought him considerable profit.

In this way, Thales was history's first Venture Capitalist.

Speaking of Oil, it is a pity about the oil deals saddam offered to Russia, China, and France. Perhaps they never heard of Thales..

It refers to a group of people who invaded a country for the sake of oil and kept thinking of nothing but the oil and landed up in a mess...:)

27 May, 2006 22:22  
Blogger Adrian said...

Olive Oyle? You wouldn't be suggesting that Thales was the first Popeye as well?

Paul Wolfowitz (he and none other) said that Iraq was invaded because of its oil.

29 May, 2006 23:27  
Blogger MonicaR said...

When did Wolfie say that? I know you and your Zionist conspiracy theories Adrian - out with a link to the quote.

29 May, 2006 23:40  
Blogger Skye said...

Thales was the world's first conservative, my dear Popeye.

Me thinks you indulged in too much of the Olive Oil tonight, adrian. Misquoting Wolfowitz is a clear indicatior of Olive Oil intoxication or stuck-on-stupid syndrome. Which is it, Popeye?

What can one expect from an individual who misunderstands Aesop?

30 May, 2006 00:13  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Now isn't the comment by Adrian the perfect example of LCD as Skye points out?

I mean REALLY! You have to be some kind of nut if something like that pops into your head after reading this fable.

And as for "It refers to a group of people who invaded a country for the sake of oil"

Isn't that a line from one of the Al Queda tapes of bin Laden and Zawahiri?

And just how much are we paying for that oil anyway???

Grow up Adrian... you bore me!

30 May, 2006 02:08  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Adrian is pissed because we don't give his country enough aid money. Atleast I THINK that's what's going on...

31 May, 2006 02:07  
Blogger dcat said...

Grizzly Mama,

I think you are on to something! ;)

02 June, 2006 01:11  

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