Friday Fable. Aesop’s “JUPITER AND THE TORTOISE”*

Posted by jlubans on December 25, 2015

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Caption: “Bruņurupucis” (Turtle) in Winter at Jurmula Beach in Latvia, heading out, house and all, to the Baltic Sea.

“Jupiter was about to marry a wife, and determined to celebrate the event by inviting all the animals to a banquet. They all came except the Tortoise, who did not put in an appearance, much to Jupiter's surprise. So when he next saw the Tortoise he asked him why he had not been at the banquet. ‘I don't care for going out,’ said the Tortoise; ‘there's no place like home.’ Jupiter was so much annoyed by this reply that he decreed that from that time forth the Tortoise should carry his house upon his back, and never be able to get away from home even if he wished to.”

So, now we know how the turtle got its carapace; well in advance of the tiny house movement. And, it goes to show that a blasé answer might get you more blowback than you want. Be not a dolt; mind your manners. There’s a reason.
I recall how - when answering Suggestions and Questions in a public forum - sometimes I’d make a supposedly funny reply instead of taking the question seriously. While I apologized, I probably should have had a more sensitive ear. Taking the question seriously, I’d follow a different path for repairing something broken or fixing a policy or situation in need of improvement rather than dismissing it out of hand for a cheap laugh. Sort of like Jupiter’s turtle, stupid things said and done can become a burden.

*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.

© John Lubans 2015
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