Aesopic Fables are one of my favorite subjects. They are the oldest known stories, passed down orally for centuries all around the world before they were ever physically written. The beauty of them lies in their simplicity. They are global representations of lessons that everyone should at least hear once in their lives. A good fable is short, and to the point. Usually, the moral, or point, of the story is not stated; and it shouldn’t be! It’s an insult to the author to have to explain his story, and an insult to the reader’s intelligence to restate the moral. It’s almost the same as telling a story and assuming that your listeners were not intently listening; at which point, you really have to ask yourself, “why am I even bothering to talk?”
Aesopic Fables are along the same lines as many proverbs and idioms. Some consider it folklore, and think it’s just mumbo-jumbo. But, you can learn a lot from folklore. For example, if I was to tell you, “people who live in glass houses, should not throw stones.” Would you be able to tell me in so many words what that means? Surely, you know that it means you should not criticize people for having the same faults as yourself. So, why am I telling you all about this old folklore mumbo-jumbo?
Microsoft Encarta 99 Encyclopedia. 1993-1998 defines "Folklore," as follows : -
Folklore, general term for the beliefs, customs, and knowledge of any culture, transmitted orally, by observation, or by limitation. People sharing a culture may have in common an occupation, language, ethnicity, age, or geographical location. This body of traditional material is preserved and passed on from generation to generation, with constant variations shaped by memory, immediate need or purpose, and degree of individual talent. The word folklore was coined in 1846 by the English antiquary William John Thoms to replace the term popular antiquities.
Everyday we develop feelings about or for something. Sometimes we try to put our feelings into words, or down on paper. Many times, it’s already been done and people just don’t know where to look. History tends to repeat itself, and sometimes we’ll find ourselves wondering if this has been done, or said before in so many words. The answer is yes. Yes it has. It’s all been done and said before. From religion, to ethics, to morals, to politics… all of the things we’re not supposed to discuss openly. Things we don’t consider “dinner talk.” My point is that there are two sides to every story, no matter the given situation. Even Aesopic fables, idioms, and proverbs have conflicting counterparts.
For instance, there is a fable titled “The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts.”
It reads like this:
A GREAT conflict was about to come off between the Birds and the Beasts. When the two armies were collected together the Bat hesitated which to join. The Birds that passed his perch said: “Come with us”; but he said: “I am a Beast.” Later on, some Beasts who were passing underneath him looked up and said: “Come with us”; but he said: “I am a Bird.” Luckily at the last moment peace was made, and no battle took place, so the Bat came to the Birds and wished to join in the rejoicings, but they all turned against him and he had to fly away. He then went to the Beasts, but soon had to beat a retreat, or else they would have torn him to pieces. “Ah,” said the Bat, “I see now,
Within the world of fables there is another story about the Bat, it’s moral somewhat conflicts with the moral of “The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts.” It’s called “The Bat and the Weasels” and it reads like so:
A Bat blundered into the nest of a Weasel, who ran up to catch and eat him. The Bat begged for his life, but the Weasel would not listen. "You are a Mouse," he said, "and I am a sworn enemy of Mice. Every Mouse I catch, I am going to eat!" "But I am not a Mouse!" cried the Bat. "Look at my wings. Can Mice fly? Why, I am only a Bird! Please let me go!" The Weasel had to admit that the Bat was not a Mouse, so he let him go. But a few days later, the foolish Bat went blindly into the nest of another Weasel. This Weasel happened to be a bitter enemy of Birds, and he soon had the Bat under his claws, ready to eat him. "You are a Bird," he said, "and I am going to eat you!" "What," cried the Bat, "I, a Bird! Why, all Birds have feathers! I am nothing but a Mouse. 'Down with all Cats,' is my motto!" And so the Bat escaped with his life a second time.
Both morals can be used in different situations to reflect advantages and disadvantages in any argument. Therefore, both stories are beneficial to the reader. However, without understanding the proper application of fables, they can be fairly confusing. Now, knowing that every story has two sides let’s take a look at something we discussed yesterday on the air.
We all know the problems within the great nation that we live in. At least, I hope you’ve taken some time to educate yourself about current affairs. This video is insignificant, I know. However, it is a small look at the big picture. There are many injustices in this video, only one of them is discussed. Also, this video is obviously from the 12 year old boy’s point of view. So I have to come out and say right off the bat, this video is bias. My major concern in this particular video would be this officer’s mustache. WTF is that thing? Have a great day everyone! Make it over that hump!
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