July 18, 2008

Aesop’s Fables

Filed under: Book Reviews, Philosophy — Robert John Ed @ 4:42 am

A fable is a great way to learn something.  They have a way of overriding normal stories because of their succinct and memorable nature.  We have heard fables from a very young age, through many different places including schools, churches, friends, television and books.

Aesop’s Fables is a culmination of the earliest usage of fables.  Aesop himself was a story teller, born a slave and given his freedom for his auspicious wit and ability.  It’s actually intriguing that his own end would come as somewhat of a parable.  He was commissioned to distribute a sum of gold to another country’s population.  Upon his arrival in the foreign land he held disdain for those people and decided against giving them the gold.  The people sought revenge by hiding a gold chalice in Aesop’s bags and framed him as a thief.  The crowd then took liberty to throw him off of a cliff.

This isn’t a business book.  But it is a life book.  There are a great many lessons to learn and the beauty of the fables is their naturally digestible nature.  The book is about 250 pages, but reads as though it were 100.  It would take an average reader a scant few days to complete it.  Animals are often used to illustrate the tendencies and precarious situations we humans find ourselves in.  Find the lessons here, they apply everywhere and especially in business.  I’ll leave you with the first fable of the work:

A famished fox saw some clusters of ripe black grapes hanging from a trellised vine. She resorted to all her tricks to get at them, but wearied herself in vain, for she could not reach them. At last she turned away, hiding her disappointment and saying: “I had thought those grapes were ripe, but I can see now they are quite sour.”


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