Friday Fable. Aesop’s “THE MISCHIEVOUS DOG”*

Posted by jlubans on February 26, 2016

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Caption: Looking for Cesar Millan, the dog behavior guy.

“There was once a Dog who was so ill-natured and mischievous that his Master had to fasten a heavy wooden clog about his neck to keep him from annoying visitors and neighbors. But the Dog seemed to be very proud of the clog and dragged it about noisily as if he wished to attract everybody's attention. He was not able to impress anyone.
"’You would be wiser,’ said an old acquaintance, ‘to keep quietly out of sight with that clog. Do you want everybody to know what a disgraceful and ill-natured Dog you are?’"
“Notoriety is not fame.”

Aesop’s take - from 2500 years ago - on today’s culture of celebrity. Poor pup, I’d say.
The story goes that Aesop was to achieve some notoriety among the citizens of Delphi. Insulted by his claim Delphians were descended from slaves, they hurled him over a cliff. No more Aesop. While extreme, this remedy might rid us of …, well, you name the most annoying celebrity. Over you go!

*Source: Aesop for Children (translator not identified). Illustrations by Milo Winter (1886-1956). Chicago: 
Rand McNally & Company, 1919. Available online at Project Gutenberg.

© John Lubans 2016

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