Friday Fable. Aesop’s “The Two Dogs”*

Posted by jlubans on January 09, 2015

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“A MAN had two dogs: a Hound, trained to assist him in his sports, and a Housedog, taught to watch the house. When he returned home after a good day's sport, he always gave the Housedog a large share of his spoil. The Hound, feeling much aggrieved at this, reproached his companion, saying, ‘It is very hard to have all this labor, while you, who do not assist in the chase, luxuriate on the fruits of my exertions.’ The Housedog replied, ‘Do not blame me, my friend, but find fault with the master, who has not taught me to labor, but to depend for subsistence on the labor of others.’”

“Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.”

Perhaps, but in this case the blameless child (the dog) knows he should be doing at least something – maybe sharing his bounty with the hard-working hound. But, the housedog has lost his independence, he’s become a smugly satisfied ward of the Man.
On the job, there’s the boss who claims credit for work done by subordinates, never mentioning their names. Only when there’s blaming does he get specific: “You ain’t nothin but a hound-dog!

*Source: AESOP’S FABLES By Aesop Translated by George Fyler Townsend (probably from this edition): “Three hundred and fifty Aesop’s fables”. Chicago, Belford, Clarke & Co., 1886.
Available at the Gutenberg Project.

@Copyright John Lubans 2015

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Posted by jlubans on January 09, 2015  •  14:43:08

Sheryl Anspaugh begs to differ:
Aahhh, but J the house dog has contributed. The sport dog has a safe home to come home to, a place intact, even perhaps comfortable, for the sport dog. Not all dogs have the same job, or do the same type (exertion) of work, but nonetheless, contribute. As long as each contributes as is asked, or able, then recognition, and even generosity should be extended.
I would hate to think how horrible our condition would be without our wonderful garbage folks who pick up after us. When you think about it, without them, we would need not only more doctors, but likely more undertakers.

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