Aesop’s THE ASTROLOGER*

Posted by jlubans on June 09, 2019

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Caption: Illustration by Sophia Rosamund Praeger, (1908)

An astrologer, who was famed for his great learning and his knowledge of the stars, went out for a walk.
As he walked, all the time looking up at the sky, he said to himself, "Oh, how much wiser am I than most men!
All the secrets of the stars are known to me. I read them as other men read books.
What a fine thing it is to have brains, and how glad I am not to be stupid as some arel"
Thus speaking, he came to a well, but being far too busy praising his own cleverness to notice it, he tripped and fell in headlong, and there he had to stay until his servant, hearing his cries, came and pulled him out.
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I like this new translation and a new-to-me- illustrator, Sophia Rosamund Praeger.
Save us from the experts!
I remember how experts in my field of work would always tell me how to do a better job, but they hardly ever took their own advice!
Instead, as a manager, I turned for advice to the people doing the work. That resulted in many excellent ideas for improvement.
Social media, including television, is rife with experts on how others should believe and behave. Their view, shared by like-minded people, is the only legitimate one.
No wonder this skewed perspective, from time to time, leads them to stumble into ditches or to tumble into a well.
No worries!
The downed expert, like our astrologer, never really stumbles – if he appears to, he lands on his feet, so to speak. Treading water at the bottom of the well or on his back in a muddy ditch, he insists he now has an even better view.

*Source: Aesop's Fables by Lena Dalkeith
Aesop's Fables by Lena Dalkeith, with pictures by S. R. Praeger, published in 1908.

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