[Read more…] about The Trees Under The Protection of The Gods
Each of the gods picked a tree for protection. Minerva, wisest, picked the olive tree on account of its fruit which can be put to good use.
Do what is useful.
[Read more…] about The She Goats and Their Beards
Female Goats got beards like the males who then complained to Jupiter. Jupiter said the let them be as they were not as strong or courageous as males.
It matters little if those who are inferior to us in merit should be like us in outside appearances.
[Read more…] about The Cat and Venus
In a test a Cat was turned into a young maiden. She found a young man and were to be wed. At the wedding Venus released a Mouse and the maiden chased it.
Nature exceeds nurture.
[Read more…] about The Oaks and Jupiter
The Oaks complained to Jupiter about being cut so often. Jupiter told them they make excellent structures; if they did not then they would be cut less.
Men make their own fate.
[Read more…] about An Ant Formerly A Man
A Man used to steal and store goods from neighbors. Jupiter turned him into an Ant but his behavior did not change.
At the root, people stay the same even if they look like they are changing.
[Read more…] about The Ass and His Masters
An Ass worked under many masters, each worked him harder than the last. He decried ever leaving the first as the last was a tanner who will take his hide.
Tis madness and folly to appeal to providence and nature.