Friday Fable. Aesop’s “The Peacock and Juno”*

Posted by jlubans on November 07, 2014

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Caption: Royal Doulton Figurine by Robert Jefferson, 1984. (Inexplicably reminiscent of Robert Arneson’s less-than-dainty ceramics.)

“A PEACOCK once placed a petition before Juno desiring to have the voice of a nightingale in addition to his other attractions; but Juno refused his request. When he persisted, and pointed out that he was her favorite bird, she said:
‘BE CONTENT WITH YOUR LOT; ONE CANNOT BE FIRST IN EVERYTHING.’”

Or, as La Fontaine puts Juno's words:

“Cease then complaining, or from tail to throat
I’ll strip thee, murmurer, of thy gaudy coat!”

So while we may be the best in many ways, we are less than pleasing in others. Waste not your time on idle envy. When the green devil prods you with his fork, go do something helpful to yourself and to others.

Source: Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables. The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

@Copyright 2014 John Lubans
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