Friday Fable. Aesop’s “The Bald Man and the Fly”*

Posted by jlubans on June 20, 2014

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Caption: Fly in rebuttal.

“A Fly settled on the head of a Bald Man and bit him. In his eagerness to kill it, he hit himself a smart slap. But the Fly escaped, and said to him in derision, ‘You tried to kill me for just one little bite; what will you do to yourself now, for the heavy smack you have just given yourself?’ ‘Oh, for that blow I bear no grudge,’ he replied, ‘for I never intended myself any harm; but as for you, you contemptible insect, who live by sucking human blood, I'd have borne a good deal more than that for the satisfaction of dashing the life out of you!’"

Well, keeping to my contrarian ways, the fly may have a point. Why be thin-skinned about a tiny insult? Some criticism isn’t worth a response. I recall an insinuation against me that while no longer employed by an institution I was still trading on its “good” name. This was absurd; since my departure that library had returned to its smug and conventional ways. If anything, I was embarrassed about the numerous (and inevitable) google links. What did I do? Nothing. I figured my professional work – separate from any institution - would speak for itself and the rumor-monger and the google links would diminish.

*Source: AESOP'S FABLES A NEW TRANSLATION BY V. S. VERNON JONES WITH AN INTRODUCTION By G. K. CHESTERTON AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY ARTHUR RACKHAM (Publisher: London: W. Heinemann; New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912). Available at Gutenberg.


@Copyright John Lubans 2014

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