Friday Fable. Aesop’s “THE MAN AND THE LION”*

Posted by jlubans on March 27, 2014

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Caption: Hercules bringin’ it on. Book Cover, 2005.
“A Lion and a Man chanced to travel in company through the forest. They soon began to quarrel, for each of them boasted that he and his kind were far superior to the other both in strength and mind.
Now they reached a clearing in the forest and there stood a statue. It was a representation of Heracles in the act of tearing the jaws of the Nemean Lion.
‘See,’ said the man, ‘that's how strong we are! The King of Beasts is like wax in our hands!’
‘Ho!’ laughed the Lion, ‘a Man made that statue. It would have been quite a different scene had a Lion made it!’
It all depends on the point of view, and who tells the story.”

Indeed, there are two sides to most stories. Nor do we celebrate the times when the tables are turned and the lion scarfs up Bwana, the Great White Hunter. (A pretty monogram for your Abercrombie & Fitch Safari Jacket that, GWH, what?)
BTW, if you want to show Aesop’s lion who’s Bwana (boss), an unimpeachable source on the Internet reveals what you will need: “Any large caliber weapon with a well-placed shot, but I suggest a short knife for a REAL thrill.”

*Source: Aesop for Children (translator not identified). Illustrations by Milo Winter (1886-1956). Chicago: 
Rand McNally & Company, 1919. Available online at Project Gutenberg.

Friday’s Leading from the Middle Library: Tarrant County College Library, Ft. Worth, TX. USA

@Copyright John Lubans 2014

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