Friday Fable. Group 1’s* “The tall visitor follows the short villager.”**

Posted by jlubans on March 04, 2016

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Caption: Group 1 Creating.

“The tall visitor follows the short villager.” – African Proverb
“A big and mighty dog wandered in the woods. A hare offered him help and guidance through the woods. The dog rejected him – why would he, the biggest dog in the neighborhood need any help? After a while he got lost and realized that he would not be able get out of the woods without help. But help was nowhere to be found.”

On a personal note, I told the discussion group** about my refugee camp experiences post- WWII. During that time, I acquired the nickname "Jāpacis". I am told it means “Jānis yourself”, as in “I’ll do it myself!” I was said to be a very independent boy who did not want any help from anyone. So, like many proud and haughty creatures, I probably would have benefited, as would the “big and mighty” dog, from less pride and more humility, à la the African proverb/moral. Later, in my career, there were more than a few moments when my inner "Jāpacis" interfered; during those times, I should have been more of a visitor following the villager.
On a broader note, there is Joan Druett’s accounting of the relationship between the stellar navigator, Tupai – a native Tahitian - and Captain Cook, the renowned explorer. To the end, Cook would not acknowledge his indebtedness to Tupai’s broad wisdom and pragmatism. Doing so, according to Druett, would have made him (Cook) “uncomfortable”.

*Group 1: Alīna Deksne; Silva Suhaņenkova, Viktorija Kovalova; Ilga Mantiniece; Guna Linkeviča; Marta Dziļuma

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Caption: Calling time on group activity. ©Photo by Anda Saltupe

**This is the first of five original Fables created by small groups at the "Wisdom in a Thimble: Managers and Fables" discussion led by me at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, February 24, 2016. Thirty-five participants in five groups of 7 chose one proverb from a provided list of Latvian and African proverbs. The African proverbs came from Kiley Shields' "Puzzling Proverbs: So Why Did The Goat Go Home After It Broke A Leg?"
After choosing a proverb, each group built a unique fable in about 20 minutes.
The February 24 event anticipates the publication of my e-book (tentatively named the same as the February discussion) and will include100 of the Friday fables along with my commentary, revised and updated, and original illustrations by Béatrice Coron.
Since mid 2012 I’ve blogged on about 175 fables. I’d like to make the e-book also print-on-demand. The tricky part is making sure a well designed e-book can become a nice looking print-on-demand book.

© Copyright John Lubans 2016
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