Friday Fable. Aesop’s “THE GOAT AND THE VINE”*

Posted by jlubans on October 09, 2015

Caption: Illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1912.

“A Goat was straying in a vineyard, and began to browse on the tender shoots of a Vine which bore several fine bunches of grapes. ‘What have I done to you,’ said the Vine, ‘that you should harm me thus? Isn’t there grass enough for you to feed on? All the same, even if you eat up every leaf I have, and leave me quite bare, I shall produce wine enough to pour over you when you are led to the altar to be sacrificed.’”

In the vengeful vein of “don’t get mad, get even” the vine gets his own back.
In the office, I like to think, this fable might apply to the boss who is jealous of a star-follower’s achievements – indeed that boss claims those achievements for herself while never publicly recognizing the worker’s innovation and productivity. Turning about, the worker moves on and achieves recognition elsewhere.
And, this fable could apply to the goatish boss who claims responsibility for an organization’s success but blames workers when things go downhill.

*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 2015

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Posted by Evangela on October 09, 2015  •  10:32:25

Gotta love the vine. The imagery of the goat being sacrificed at the altar is so vivid. I love your interpretation of the fables. Keep them comin'!

Posted by jlubans on October 10, 2015  •  15:55:32

Thanks, Evangela! Aesop said it all 2000 years ago. J

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