[Read more…] about Mercury and Tiresias
Mercury wanted to test Tiresias; he stole some of Tiresias’ oxen and then went to him in human form. Tiresias predicted Mercury could help recover the oxen.
Vanity lives with fortune-tellers.
[Read more…] about The Seller of Images
A seller had an image of Mercury and claimed it gave riches. When asked why he was selling he said he needed riches now and not later when the image worked.
When you lie, you often have to expand the lie.
[Read more…] about The Man and The Wooden God
A Man prayed to a wooden God to no avail. One day he threw the idol so hard it broke and inside he found coins. Strange way to answer prayers.
People expect religion to give them profit.
[Read more…] about The Philosopher, The Ants, and Mercury
A Philosopher saw a shipwreck. While musing on the fate of the vessel a swarm of Ants approach and one bit him. He stomped on them all. Hypocrite.
Act as you profess to believe.