Friday Fable. Abstemius “An Eele and a Snake”*

Posted by jlubans on October 27, 2017

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Caption: Papercut by Béatrice Coron, 2016**

“You and I are so alike, says the Eele to the Snake, that methinks we should be somewhat a-kin; and yet they that persecute me, are afraid of you. What should be the reason of this? Oh (says the Snake) because no body does me an Injury but I make him smart for't.

In all Controversies they come off best that keep their Adversaries in fear of a Revenge.”

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So, bite your tongue or bite the attackers head off? Abstemius suggests that the fear – not necessarily action - of “a Revenge” is what keeps the adversary at bay. Snarling like a junkyard dog will get you labeled as uptight, thin-skinned, paranoid, and, horrors, un-cool!
In the workplace we're told to turn away, that karma will come around and bite the maligner. Eventually.
Instead, cultivate humor as your vehicle of revenge, the snake’s stinging bite; petty people abhor ridicule.

*Source: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange.

**This fable appears on p. 187 of “Fables for Leaders”. I include it to whet your appetite to see more of Béatrice Coron’s captivating illustrations and Alise Šnēbaha’s creative book design.)

Fables for Leaders, with original illustrations by Béatrice Coron and designed by ALISE ŠNĒBAHA, launched September 30, 2017 ($19.99- NEW PRICE pending).
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ISBN: 978-0-692-90955-3
LCCN: 2017908783
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