Friday Fable: Aesop’s “THE DOGS AND THE LION SKIN”*

Posted by jlubans on March 21, 2013

“Some dogs found a lion's skin and were tearing it to shreds, when a fox saw them and said, 'If that lion were still among the living, you would see that his claws are stronger than your teeth!' 
This fable is for people who attack a man of renown when he has fallen from his position of power and glory.”
Translator’s Note: “Compare the Biblical proverb, 'A living dog is better than a dead lion'.”

We’ve all been there. Shortly after an accomplished colleague left a job – shall we say, not in the most amicable way – there appeared a snide Internet posting, from a stranger, questioning why Google searches under her name still brought up an association with the former employer. I guess she had forgotten to tell the search engine industrial complex not to link her name to this former relationship. Imagine, if you can, Google’s non-response to any request to somehow repress search results.
However, the small minded stranger’s imputation was clear – my colleague was somehow trading on the “good name” of the former employer. This was risible since the very opposite was true. That organization had changed from pro-active to re-active and she was embarrassed to have her name linked with it.

Announcement: This week I was added to the Fulbright Specialist Roster, making me eligible for grants in a number of countries to collaborate in teaching short classes on the Democratic Workplace, or other subjects we find of mutual interest.

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

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