Friday Fable, Abstemius' “An Impertinent and a Philosopher.”

Posted by jlubans on January 30, 2015

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Caption: Sir Roger L’Estrange, 1616 – 1704. Translator of Fables of Aesop, and other Eminent Mythologists (including Abstemius): with Morals and Reflexions (1692).

“A Certain Pragmatical, Senceless Companion would make a Visit to a Philosopher. He found him Alone in his Study, and fell a Wond-ring how he could Endure to lead so Solitary a Life. The Learned Man told him; Sir, says he, You are Exceedingly Mistaken; for I was in very Good Company till You came in.”

“Good Thoughts and Good Books are very Good Company.”

Interesting use of capital letters and the utilitarian term pragmatic.
Maybe the philosopher's put down was meant as a joke. Maybe not. If not, he may find his solitary life less a choice and more a condition. History tells us Aesop insulted one too many who took umbrage and was hurled over a cliff to his death.
There’s little doubt as to the truth of the Good Books moral, but all in balance. I may prefer thinking in solitude, but then I want to talk to someone about it. That’s to hear my thoughts expressed and, more importantly, to get another’s opinion.

*Source: Abstemius' Fables translated by Sir Roger L'Estrange.


@Copyright John Lubans 2015
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