[Read more…] about The Frog and The Ox
A frog inflates itself bragging he can be as big as an ox or bull. Too big, too bad. Pop.
Conceit may lead to self-destruction.
[Read more…] about The Two Pots
Two pots, metal and clay, float down a waterway. The metal pot asks the clay to be close; the clay demurs fearing breakage.
Equals make the best friends.
[Read more…] about The Father and His Sons
A dying father told his sons about a treasure in a field if they only dig for it. They did. Good yield was their treasure.
Good counsel is the best legacy.
[Read more…] about The Two Crabs
A child crab is berated by the parent crab for walking awkwardly. The child crab points out the parent should set the example.
Example is the best precept.
Throughout history fables have been a popular method of giving instruction. Fables contain a short narrative that seeks to illustrate a hidden message. Generally, fables use animals or objects as part of the narrative yet the message is designed to apply to humans. By doing this, the fabulist is not perceived as the teacher and this reduces any bias the listeners might have against the person. The most famous fabulist would be Aesop who most date around 620 B.C. Many fables are attributed to Aesop, but it’s unclear how many he actually wrote; indeed, his historical existence as a person is under question. I’ve collected many of them here for your enjoyment. A number of translations were found and the fables collected. Several different translations and interpretations of the same fable may be found on many of the pages here; including, now and again, a simplified version I wrote.[Read more…] about Aesop’s Fables Home Page
[Read more…] about A Jackdaw and Peacock Feathers
A fine bird is more than fine feathers. A Jackdaw tried to make itself look pretty using peacock feathers. It had to flee when found out. What a rout.
A fine bird is more than fine feathers