Friday Fable: Aesop’s “The Flies and the Honey-Pot”*

Posted by jlubans on March 21, 2014

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Caption: Illustration from the Medici Aesop.

“A NUMBER of Flies were attracted to a jar of honey which had been overturned in a housekeeper's room, and placing their feet in it, ate greedily. Their feet, however, became so smeared with the honey that they could not use their wings, nor release themselves, and were suffocated. Just as they were expiring, they exclaimed, ‘O foolish creatures that we are, for the sake of a little pleasure we have destroyed ourselves.’"
“Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.”

Is that country western music I hear? Is that my good friend Hank Williams (“Hank Drank”) singing, “Baby, we’re really in love”? Could be. Even in libraries, office romance can flourish. My first job, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, my boss ran off with the “floater”, both married. Yes, she was called a floater (hah!) because she would fill in for absent staff in a system of about 300 people and 30 branch libraries. When my boss absconded, I was left pretty much to my own devices, a raw recruit.Then my second job, at RPI, an engineering school, similar story. Was it too much reading of romance novels or too many treatises on the First Law of Thermodynamics? I suspect the latter! There’s a price to pay when you go off the rails, and it’s not just a broken heart. Aesop’s flies know.

*Source: AESOP'S FABLES By Aesop Translated by George Fyler Townsend (probably from this edition): “Three hundred and fifty Aesop's fables”. Chicago, Belford, Clarke & Co., 1886.
Available at Gutenberg.

Friday’s Leading from the Middle Library: Roanoke College, Fintel Library.

@Copyright John Lubans 2014
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