in the fables
While browsing in the library, I happened upon an esteemed work dating back 2,500 years. Many are familiar with “Aesop’s Fables,” those wonderful tales that culminate in moral edification via narratives involving animals. Most are familiar, for example, with the race between the tortoise and the hare. Many others have inspired illustrators as well as the Disney Studios and other animation filmmakers.
The ancient Greek historian Herodous alluded to Aesop’s work that was written by a slave in the 5th century B.C. According to legend, he cleverly freed himself and became an adviser to kings and city-states. Other famous Greeks, such as Aristophanes and Plato, were also aware of his work. Plato in his “Phaedo” writes of Socrates, awaiting execution while in prison (399 B.C.), whiling away his time changing Aesop’s tales into verse.
One of the fables that gave me pause was simply titled, “Mittzie the Chameleon.” Unhappily, this poor creature did not fit in with the mainstream species (the “Common Chameleon”) because of his religion. But he wanted to. Badly. So after ingratiating himself with the locals sufficiently enough to get elected to the Provincial Council, he bodaciously decided he would run for the job of Commander-in-Chief Chameleon. But, alas, he had one problem. He was given to wearing an expensive and rather ornate garment that concealed his natural-born epidermis.
Sad to say, it led to a bitter defeat after a quite contentious campaign. By trying to cloak the fact that he was just a garden-variety chameleon, given to taking on the color of his surroundings, he was rejected by the electorate.
The moral: Be true to who you are. Do not try to deny your congenital nature, lest you be seen as a hypocrite.
— Saul Rosenthal
I continue to be baffled by how Indiana voters contradict themselves.
Case in point: The overwhelming defeat of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett should tell us that the majority of the state didn’t like the direction he was taking. However, with Mike Pence winning the governorship just as easily, it is obvious that many of the people who voted against Bennett voted for Pence.
Pence and Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma have both stated they plan to go full steam ahead with Bennett’s education reforms, regardless of the constituents’ disapproval.
Here lies my confusion with the voters of Indiana. This is but one example of many over the years. I ask, as I have done so many times, why do the people of Indiana vote against their own best interests?
— Ben Brower
Ben Franklin Elementary’s fundraising effort for the USO will be today at the school from 7 to 10 a.m. A letter to Readers’ Forum published Thursday stated the event would be on Saturday.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 3, 2013
• Prestige chosen over practicality
• Tea partiers love country, freedom
• Same old clowns
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 3, 2013
Prestige chosen over practicality
Tea partiers love country, freedom
Same old clowns
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 2, 2013
‘Ask not …’: Living by the words we speak
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 1, 2013
The dangers of aggressive driving
Thanks to Lowe’s for great work
Another ‘Miracle’ set for Friday
Obama lies with malicious intent
Down the path to nowhere
Remembering to help needy
Jihadis, be careful what you wish for
Hanging on to people’s rights
No more trespassers thanks to mayor
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 29, 2013
Cooperation helps enhance security
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 28, 2013
Governor can put words into action
- Readers’ Forum: Nov. 27, 2013
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 26, 2013
• Include Wea in Terre Haute’s ‘Walk of Fame’
• You can pardon a holiday turkey
• Rebuffed by Bennett
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 25, 2013
• Bosma wrong on marriage debate
• Savings Bank was key event sponsor
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 24, 2013
• Tech fails, but change positive
• Terre Haute Take care of your own trash, please
• What about the women?
• Another view of a physician’s life
• Could you follow these instructions?
• Just more lies from politicians
Readers’ Forum: November 23, 2013
Common sense or just nonsense?
Why all the air evacuations?
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 22, 2013
Nominations open for Polaris award
Frustrated by city’s response
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 21, 2013
• Bleeding green at West Vigo HS
• Fundraiser a great success
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 20, 2013
• More liberal shortsightedness
• Food no longer tried and true
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 19, 2013
• Candle lighting honors children
• Join the fun of Girl Scouts
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 18, 2013
Very pleased with child care center
Wrong directionon health care
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 17, 2013
What do you know about distracted driving?
Patriotism on display at vets museum
Here’s what’s governing nation
Bird’s legend the greatest gift of all
Mott misses boat on health care
Celebrating JA of Wabash Valley
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 16, 2013
FLASHPOINT: A pledge to work together with respect, civility
Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Indiana is improving at the second-fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, teachers and the parents and school reformers everywhere who have insisted that we hold ourselves to high standards.
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 15, 2013
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 13, 2013
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 12, 2013
• Wonderful walk on memory lane
• ‘Mini-Hitlers’ still plague world
• 'Amazing’ theater at Rose-Hulman
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 10, 2013
FLASHPOINT: A common-sense Congress could strengthen our economy
My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree — Democrats and Republicans — that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were significant setbacks to this seemingly simple goal.
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 9, 2013
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 8, 2013
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 7, 2013
• Pilot uplifted by all who helped
• Great heart care at Union Hospital
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 6, 2013
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 5, 2013
• Meijer better in northside location
• Voters’ voice in government
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 4, 2013
Still, the shame of Benghazi
Park field trip took many great efforts
Time’s now to join literary group
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- READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 3, 2013