Posted by jlubans on June 26, 2021  •  Leave comment (0)

Caption: Illustration by Griset, 1874

The Owls, Bats, and several ether birds of night were on a certain day got together in a thick shade, where they abused their neighbours in a very sociable manner.
Their satire at last fell upon the Sun, whom they all agreed to be very troublesome, impertinent, and inquisitive.
After which the Sun, who overheard them, spoke to them after this manner:
"Gentlemen, I wonder how you dare abuse one that you know could in an instant scorch you up, and consume every mother's son of you;
but the only answer I shall give you, or the revenge I shall take of you, is to shine on."

Whence the sunny disposition
, the sun’s magnanimity?
Aye, that be the question.
Why do some people smile at personal assaults, slings and arrows and go on, while others Fizzle, Bubble & Pop? In other words, suffer fools not gladly?
Is a forgiving personality from nature or nurture?
Once when playing the fool, as I was wont to do when things got dull at work, one of my colleagues grabbed me by the head and exasperatedly implored me to “think”. I never did get an apology for that tantrum.
Then again, I never sought one.

*Source: Aesop's fables by Aesop; Griset, Ernest Henry, 1844-1907
London ; New York : Cassell, Petter, and Galpin 1874

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Posted by jlubans on June 21, 2021  •  Leave comment (0)

Caption: Pooh Bear gets dealt vigilante justice; no day in court!

Some Bees had made their combs in a lofty oak.
Some lazy Drones asserted that these belonged to them.
The cause was brought into court, the Wasp sitting as judge; who, being perfectly acquainted with either race, proposed to the two parties these terms: “Your shape is not unlike, and your colour is similar; so that the affair clearly and fairly becomes a matter of doubt.
But that my sacred duty may not be at fault through insufficiency of knowledge, each of you take hives, and pour your productions into the waxen cells; that from the flavour of the honey and the shape of the comb, the maker of them, about which the present dispute exists, may be evident.”
The Drones decline; the proposal pleases the Bees.
Upon this, the Wasp pronounces sentence to the following effect: “It is evident who cannot, and who did, make them; wherefore, to the Bees I restore the fruits of their labours.”
This Fable I should have passed by in silence, if the Drones had not refused the proposed stipulation.

With this “proposed stipulation”, we are told, Phædrus alluded to some who had laid claim to the authorship of his Fables, and had refused a challenge given by him, such as that here given to the Drones, to test the correctness of their assertions.
We are told “Ability proves itself by deeds.” No question but only if you get a fair hearing. I think of the political writing of the past few years and how accomplished deeds go unrecognized. When someone you despise does a good job give him or her credit. Don’t be a shmuck.
When I look back on my contrarian career and am reminded of some who sought to undermine good progress, it would have been nice to have a Missouri Wasp judge with the challenge, “If you can do it better, show me.”

*Source: The Fables of Phaedrus Translated into English Verse. Phaedrus. Christopher Smart, A. M. London. G. Bell and Sons, Ltd. 1913.

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