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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, August 11, 2006

Aesops Fable Friday.

The Sick Stag

A Stag fell sick and lay in a clearing in the forest, too weak to move from the spot.

When the news of his illness spread, a number of the other beasts came to inquire after his health. They one and all nibbled a little of the grass that grew round the invalid until at last there was not a blade within his reach.

In a few days he began to mend, but was still too feeble to get up and go in search of fodder; and thus he perished miserably of hunger owing to the thoughtlessness of his friends.

Moral of the story: Thoughtless friends can be as bad as enemies.

What a horribly sad and painful tale. These are some brutal stories and I thought for a moment that we ought to sugar coat some of them a bit. But no - that wouldn't be right and it wouldn't be true to the brutality of life at times. In any case, the Aesops Fable is supposed to teach us something. It warns us of the pitfalls so that we may avoid them. I don't think that the human race is one that learns its lessons well or easily. We keep making the same mistakes all through history. It ought not be that way. It is up to us to 'teach our children well'. We certainly can't trust the leftists to do it - - and they are the ones in charge of education right now. The confusion and the inability to make the distinction between right and wrong, the thoughtless opinions and ignorance of history on the part of most young adults - the deliberate equivocating on the part of our media - are all a testament to the ones in charge of public education.


Blogger Rastaman said...

"When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all!" Paul Simon

So true for me too. My public school "education" was a miserable experience from start to finish, I hated it, it was robotic and sterile and abusive.

I'm fortunate in having a seeking mind and a love of books, I read my way to an education once I finally got the hell out of high school.

As for that stag story, it reminds me of a Far Side cartoon. All these cows are munching away, out in the field, when one cow picks its head up and with a wide-eyed look says: "Hey! This is GRASS! We've been eating GRASS!"

Human nature is a strange thing. People will help some without thinking and then turn their backs on others. I think it depends on how others perceive us. A child in trouble gets help, a helpless looking old person gets help, but a bratty child or an aggressive old person in trouble may just have to take their chances. Sometimes the opposite of that is true if the onlookers value aggressiveness above other traits.
The problem is, we never know which way a stranger is going to lean. I take the advice of my grandmother, who told me when I was a boy that whenever I wanted a helping hand, to look at end of my arm. Self-sufficiency is a good thing to learn.

The other part of that stag story is the value of friendship. I have 3 friends I can trust implicitly and I've know them for most of my life. Friendships are important and deep friendships are rare and to be treasured. If that stags friends had been more sincere in their friendship, he would have survived.

13 August, 2006 05:25  
Blogger Sprittibee said...

Hey girl. I wanted to invite you to come and join a couple of the blog rolls that are on my site. They are put out by Texas Fred, but I think you would love them...

Here's they are:

American Conservative Blogroll


Reject the U.N. Blogroll

;) Waving hello to you Griz! ;)

13 August, 2006 22:43  
Blogger MonicaR said...

We had it good, Rasta, compared to the kids coming up now. We actually learned how to read! I agree with you that I learned more after I got out of high school. Especially history. Troll is a great history buff and he introduced me to how fascinating it can be. I like your grandmothers advice and I agree with it. It is also important to be able to accept help when one really needs it. It is good to know how to be a good friend as well - - and to know what a good friend is.

Sprittibee - thanks girl! I like the sound of those blogrolls and I will check them out!

15 August, 2006 00:48  

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