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2/11/2008

The Sour Grapes


Already as a child I liked the story of the fox and the grapes. I myself had suffered the fate of the fox a few times. And even as an adult I can still show a touch of sour grapes behavior from time to time. The story is so human and so well made that the message is for every one of us acceptable because the persons acting are animals. This technique is known as alienation or should it be called aesopination?

The Fox and the Grapes


One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard
till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which
had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing to quench
my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and
a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a
One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again
and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to
give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I
am sure they are sour."

It is easy to despise what you cannot get.



From Aesop Found at Project Gutenberg


Aesop found by Project Gutenberg

2 comments:

Liara Covert said...

A neologist is a person who invents words. I like what you do with the word "Aesop." You are a philosopher and a neologist. Thanks for the reflections. How we understand it today may be very different from what we get out of it tomorrow. We're always growing.

Ray Gratzner said...

Hello Liara thank you for commenting and for explaining to me neologist. I didn't know that word. ;-)