Category Archives: Allegorical April

Allegorical April – Day 20

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The Crab and the Fox

A CRAB, forsaking the seashore, chose a neighboring green meadow as its feeding ground. A Fox came across him, and being very hungry ate him up. Just as he was on the point of being eaten, the Crab said, “I well deserve my fate, for what business had I on the land, when by my nature and habits I am only adapted for the sea?”
Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness.

That’s a fine moral upon first glance. Be content.
However, I assure you that before I indulge in the delectable delicacy of crab legs in the future I’ll be sure to confirm it isn’t magically gifted and capable of speaking. Silly fox.

Allegorical April – Day 19

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Plato paints the picture of a Charioteer driving a chariot pulled by two winged horses:
“First the charioteer of the human soul drives a pair, and secondly one of the horses is noble and of noble breed, but the other quite the opposite in breed and character. Therefore in our case the driving is necessarily difficult and troublesome.”

I feel we can all benefit from a little understanding that there are choices to be made and some decisions are not as healthy or progressively positive as others. However, not wanting to overlook an important facet of Plato’s allegory…where the heck is my flying chariot??!! At this point I would settle for a winged horse.

Allegorical April – Day 18

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Much has been conveyed on the subject of love. I couldn’t possibly begin to address in a blog post the myriad of ways to share or express, in truth or through allegory, the brevity each of us feels and carries on the matter. Accepting this, I’ve chosen to share what I can in the simplest and most concise way I can. Happy Hump Day!

Allegorical April – Day 17

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Alligator Allegory:
The objective of all dedicated product support employees should be to thoroughly analyze all situations, anticipate all problems prior to their occurrence, have answers for these problems, and move swiftly to solve these problems when called upon. However, when you are up to your ass in alligators, it is difficult to remind yourself that your initial objective was to drain the swamp.

Love this! Totally get it. Out of curiosity though, has it been taken into consideration that if alligators are a primary concern as a threat to your daily security that perhaps it’s time to move out of the swamp instead of draining it?

Allegorical April – Day 16

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Androcles ~
A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain. He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog. Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days. The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognized his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog. The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

While Aesop also tackled this lesson with his allegorically vivid The Lion and The Mouse, I still think the moral is slavery is wrong and you should always be kind to animals.

Allegorical April – Day 15

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Interesting, I was hoping for someone to magically write my allegorical blog illustrating how the universe will conspire to aid those endeavoring to achieve a defined goal when I realized it has been completed since 1988′s THE ALCHEMIST by Paul Coelho. Subsequently, the universe has rewarded me with ice cream and a relaxing evening with family. Seems to be working already.

Allegorical April – Day 14

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I’ve heard of May-December romances in my day, but only the recent nuptials between an 86-year-old former chimney sweep and his 40-year-old bride is Supercalifragilisticexpiallegoricalidocious!

Allegorical April – Day 13

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Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Some people are superstitious and believe today is unlucky. Others don’t believe in that mumbo-jumbo and go after their dreams no matter how high the odds are stacked against them. When I was growing up I had a shining example of an allegorical symbol of luck, perseverance, and desire. I would like to share it with you now.

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Allegorical April – Day 12

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“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Well you go ahead and think what you like with that brilliant thinker you think with “Mr. I created Hobbits, Ents, and everything else in Middle-earth”.

Allegorical April – Day 11

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The Ass and His Purchaser

A MAN wished to purchase an Ass, and agreed with its owner that he should try out the animal before he bought him. He took the Ass home and put him in the straw-yard with his other Asses, upon which the new animal left all the others and at once joined the
one that was most idle and the greatest eater of them all.
Seeing this, the man put a halter on him and led him back to his owner. On being asked how, in so short a time, he could have made a trial of him, he answered, “I do not need a trial; I know
that he will be just the same as the one he chose for his companion.”
A man is known by the company he keeps.
I think it’s safe to say that one might mistake me for being kingly because my friends and family are absolute royalty.