Aesop’s Fables

Main Idea

A set of fables, with  certain realistic edge.

Take the very first one, where a clever fox deceives a dumb goat for his own benefit and to save his own life… and leaves the goat to die alone.

You aren’t going to see that in school, or on TV.

But with some thought, such fables can definitely be adapted to Traveller.

Additional Notes

Note that, while the West has abandoned its own wisdom for the sake of unrealistic (but ideologically useful) fantasies, other cultures — East Indians, in this case (the same folks who have a huge say in the Empty Quarter) — take the old tales, the wisdom, and the forgotten lessons for their own.

I suspect that the real reason why Aesop was abandoned long ago – no later than the 50s ‘Dick and Jane’ era – is hinted at by the subtitle, “Moral tales for children.”

No doubt, Our Leaders found the sentiment distasteful – overly fluffy and moralistic long ago, then overly complex for the Dick & Jane generation, and now overly retrograde and cruel.

But for me? I appreciate the tough life lessons someone else paid for, and the concise way the truths are conveyed.

In Christianity, Truths are Swords, Truths are Weapons. I’ll grab as many as I can, even from long-dead pagan slaves.


About Alvin Plummer

I'm working to build a better world, a world that blesses Christ and is blessed by Him. I hope that you're doing the same!
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One Response to Aesop’s Fables

  1. Tim Newman says:

    I will note one thing. The tales may have been ‘fluffy and moralistic’ after the Victorians got hold of them, but before then they were a lot less fluffy for sure and often taught different lessons. Hansel and Gretel became a cautionary tale about not wandering off into the woods and being wary of strangers – I rather prefer the older version where it was about learning how to cope with dangerous situations (by tricking the witch into her own stove and cooking her).


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