Krylov’s THE MONKEY AND THE SPECTACLES*

Posted by jlubans on December 22, 2018

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Caption: Drawing by Nathan Altman, 1969.

A MONKEY, which had grown weak-sighted in old age, remembered having heard men say that this was not a serious misfortune, but only made it necessary to wear glasses.
So the Monkey provided himself with half a dozen pairs of Spectacles, and after turning them this way and that, tried wearing them first on the top of his head, and then on the end of his tail, smelled of them and licked them, but all to no purpose.
The Spectacles did not help him to see any better.
"Good gracious," cried the Monkey, "what fools people are to listen to all the nonsense that they hear.
All that I have been told about Spectacles is a pack of lies.
They are not a particle of use to me!"
And hereupon the Monkey in his vexation flung the Spectacles down upon the ground so violently that they were broken to pieces.

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Too great an impatience and an unwillingness to ask for help just might doom one to a lonely life, not only without books, but without friends.
Of course, if you can find like- minded friends, i.e. those whom agree with your myopic view of the world, well you won’t be alone but you also won’t appreciate different perspectives.
Group think (actually un-think) is the greatest drawback I believe to human advancement, or more humbly, to an organization’s ability to roll with the punches and to take what comes and make it better.
Christmas tidings to the battlers of unthinking, the contrarians, among us!


*Source: Krilof and his fables, by Krylov, Ivan Andreevich, 1768-1844; Ralston, William Ralston Shedden, 1828-1889. Tr. London, 1869.

© Copyright John Lubans 2018

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