Friday Fable: “THE DONKEY, THE PRIESTS AND THE TAMBOURINES*”

Posted by jlubans on August 03, 2012

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It is not enough that a man who is born under an unlucky star leads an unhappy life: the bitter affliction of his fate pursues him even after he is dead. 
The Galli, those priests of the goddess Cybebe, used a donkey to carry their luggage when they went around begging for alms. When their donkey finally died, overcome by work and the whip, they stripped his hide and made themselves some tambourines. When someone asked them what they had done with their darling donkey, the priests replied, 'He thought that once he died he would get some rest, but he keeps on getting beaten just the same!”

Sort of like an organization that, after being rescued from failure decides to rid itself, in a shabby way, of the person who saved the bacon through his or her hard work and leadership. After “skinning” the leader’s reputation, the organization then proceeds to demonstrate that whatever the leader did was no big deal. To add insult to injury, the organization hires outside “experts” to pronounce (beat on the tambourine) that the organization never needed to be rescued! Hee Haw!

*Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.



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