Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten

A fable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson, which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim – Wikipedia


Who doesn’t know the “Slow and steady wins the race” from ‘Hare and the tortoise’ or sour grapes from ‘The Fox and the grapes’! Everybody would know Aesop then. He was apparently a slave in Ancient Greece. Aesop’s existence remains uncertain, and no writings by Aesop survive but he luckily has copyright on innumerable  stories. Aesop’s fables are more of a ‘genre’ than actual fables written by him if he ever existed.  I recently got hooked to Aesop’s fable when I got a iBook by that name. On my journey back from Goa I was immersed in these fables. I realized that its more relevant for adults that for kids. These fables might be one of the easiest way of developing moral values in kids but adults could also relate to the experience they have been through and grasp the depth of these morals.  Each fable which hardly has some 10-20 lines has so much of profound depth. This particular fable hit me hard, I could relate to this due to a recent incident in my life. I could not imagine a simpler and a shorter story which could convey this message.

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The Man and the Serpent

A Countryman’s son by accident trod upon a Serpent’s tail, which turned and bit him so that he died. The father in a rage got his axe, and pursuing the Serpent, cut off part of its tail. So the Serpent in revenge began stinging several of the Farmer’s cattle and caused him severe loss. Well, the Farmer thought it best to make it up with the Serpent, and brought food and honey to the mouth of its lair, and said to it: “Let’s forget and forgive; perhaps you were right to punish my son, and take vengeance on my cattle, but surely I was right in trying to revenge him; now that we are both satisfied why should not we be friends again?”
“No, no,” said the Serpent; “take away your gifts; you can never forget the death of your son, nor I the loss of my tail.”
Moral : Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.

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A number of links to read the fables, one of the source which has explicit moral at the end  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28 . Enjoy the read and lets keep our morals high.

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One Response to “Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten”

  1. True Very True!!!!

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