Friday Fable. Aesop’s “The Monkey and the Camel”*

Posted by jlubans on September 11, 2015

Caption: Cool Camel, with sax.

“THE BEASTS of the forest gave a splendid entertainment at which the Monkey stood up and danced. Having vastly delighted the assembly, he sat down amidst universal applause. The Camel, envious of the praises bestowed on the Monkey and desiring to divert to himself the favor of the guests, proposed to stand up in his turn and dance for their amusement. He moved about in so utterly ridiculous a manner that the Beasts, in a fit of indignation, set upon him with clubs and drove him out of the assembly.
It is absurd to ape our betters.”

Smokin’ Joe, depicted, begs to differ. Is there a cooler creature than Joe? Not only does he dance, he plays a mean sax. I’ve met a few in my career. Have you?
My Joes all had kissed the Blarney Stone, so to speak, and could talk a convincing blue streak as to why we should or should not do something. Like so many pols, it was all smoke blown and promises uttered for the incumbent (pol or bureaucrat) to stay in office. Accidentally, Joe might get something done but that was never his/her first intent. Indeed, getting something done – i.e. real work - was to be avoided because in real work is real risk.

*Source: 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.

© John Lubans 2015

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