Liberal Arts Blog — Aesop’s Fables (Part I) — Lion and the Bulls, Tortoise and the Hare, Wolf and the Lamb
Liberal Arts Blog — Tuesday is the Joy of Literature, Language, Culture, and Religion Day
Today’s Topic — Aesop’s Fables (Part I) — Lion and the Bulls, Tortoise and the Hare, Wolf and the Lamb
Anything worth saying about mankind was said better in Aesop’s Fables. This is why Abraham Lincoln said it was his favorite book (after the Bible, of course). Where do you think he got his gift for pithy sayings and colorful anecdotes? Lincoln’s favorite fable of all was the Lion and the Bulls. Today a few notes on that fable as well as two others. Next week three more. Experts please correct, elaborate, elucidate.
THE LION AND THE BULLS — United we stand, divided we fall
1. A single bull is easy prey to a lion, but united the bulls are invincible.
2. The lion waits until the bulls quarrel amongst themselves and separate.
3. He picks them off one by one.
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE — perseverance triumphs
1. At the starting gate, the hare had the clear advantage.
2. But he squandered it by taking a nap.
3. Hard work and perseverance can trump the natural advantages of talent at birth.
THE WOLF AND THE LAMB — might makes right
1. The wolf gives reasons for eating the lamb.
2. The lamb refutes them.
3. The wolf eats the lamb anyway — might makes right.
Do you have a favorite fable from Aesop or any other source?
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