Aesop’s Fables – FLNWO #42

by | Sep 20, 2019 | Film, Literature & The New World Order | 57 comments

On this edition of Film, Literature and the New World Order, James examines Aesop’s Fables for some of the timeless wisdom that we can still benefit from here in the 21st century.

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  1. A hungry fox stole one day into a vineyard bursting with clusters grapes all ripe and luscious for eating. But they grew on trellises so high that he leaped, and leaped again, until he was worn out and panting. Giving up at last, he stalked away jauntily. ” Take them who will,” he sniffed. ” The grapes are sour!”

    ¤¤¤ Aesop is supposed to have lived some time after 560 B.C. But the Fables originated in many places and in times much more
    remote ¤¤¤ Four Fables. From the ” A Treasury of Satire” by Edgar Johnson” Simon & Schuster 1945.

    What the moral is? Not provided. Im guessing about Honest work and Universal Incomes inevitable sour harvest.

    • Generalbottlewasher
      I read the moral was that people hate what they cant have/do/become…hence people getting ‘sour grapes’ and being ‘glad’ they didnt get the awful promotion or have to put up with the hectic life of the rich and famous or have the anoying number of suitors pretty people get….

  2. Another little gem is the fable (though not attributed to Aesop) The Scorpion And The Frog, which I’m sure most of you know of.

    It comes to mind when people keep falling for the voting charade. “Oh, this political candidate is trustworthy, not like the others.”

    And also with the creation and stockpiling of nuclear weapons, which if, or most likely when, they are deployed may cause a chain reaction of deployments which will not just obliterate the “enemy”, but most if not all life on the planet.

    • ‘… falling for the voting charade…’
      The charade is national politics…which is why its where they keep the drama… you can make a big difference in local politics with just a few people.
      People dumb enough to live under housing associations often suffer under a petite tyrant for years when a few dozen votes could kick them out. Agenda 21 and its ilk is mostly implemented by LOCAL authority

  3. Thanks James, I really enjoyed that.

    Hopefully there’s a bit of wild ass in all of us!

    • Ditto!

      And I loved hearing about Corbett’s son and his moral to the story of the dog and the egg. I laughed out loud.

  4. Once again, good timing James.

    I had been looking into setting up one of those little free/street libraries (As in the link below)

    And was thinking of posing a question for Corbett to ask if you had any recommendations for good “seed” books for a children’s section.

    I had completely forgotten about Aesop’s fables.

    • Wonderful! I hope you get many recommendations. My contribution for a good seed book is Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, showcasing the incredible spectrum of kids and their parents as they make their way through the mysterious factory. The moral? No matter what, don’t be that spoiled rotten, disrespectful, addicted loser! There was nothing admirable about any of them except in little, humble Charlie.

  5. I had a beautiful picture book of these fables for my children, the same one Broc showed at the very beginning of the video (why did I put that book in storage?) I must bring it back out; they’re timeless reminders for every phase of life.

    The person I was when I read them to my brood is very different from the one I am today, so it was enlightening to hear James’ comparisons, ones I totally see now but probably wouldn’t have back then.

    Someone above mentioned Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. I loved that one! Also, as a very young listener, one of my most favorite, worn records was Disney’s presentation of Kipling’s “Just So Stories”, specifically “The Elephant’s Child” read by the lovable voice of Sterling Holloway. Though there must be a moral in that story somewhere (persistence?), it’s obscured by a rather odd family of parents, uncles and cousins who have no patience for questions of any sort! I always felt very sorry for the poor elephant, that he had to grow up with such a family. They were worse than the crocodile!

    Of Aesop’s many fables, it’s impossible to pick a favorite but I always did gravitate toward The Lion and the Mouse:

    A lion was sleeping in his lair when a mouse, not knowing where he was going, ran over the mighty beast’s nose and awakened him. The lion clapped his paw upon the frightened little creature and was about to make an end of him in a moment, when the mouse, in pitiable tone, besought him to spare one who had so unconsciously offended, and not stain his honorable paws with so insignificant a prey. The Lion, smiling at his little prisoner’s fright, generously let him go.

    Now it happened that a short time later the Lion, while ranging the woods for his prey, fell into the toils of the hunters. Finding himself entangled without hope of escape, he set up a roar that filled the whole forest with its echo.

    The mouse, recognizing the voice of his former benefactor, ran to the spot and, without more ado, set to work to nibble the knot in the cord that bound the lion. In a short time the mouse set the noble beast at liberty, thus convincing him that kindness is seldom thrown away and that there is no creature so much below another but that he may have it in his power to return a good favor.

  6. Not Aesop but an insightful tale nevertheless….
    Though this is a truly awful rendition of the story I have often thought that this story, ‘The Twany Scrawny Lion’ , perfectly describes the inner life of the psychopath… how kids will laugh when they hear of the lion watching the bunnies and wishing that he would get hungry again….but the soup keeps him delightfully full and happy.
    He even, I believe, loves the rabbits that feed him stew… though if he felt the need they would no doubt be gobbled up.

    • manbearpig
      Lol… thats a funny movie.
      When people realize that THEY are predators the evil people stop having the magic power of being so alien that we cant see them.

  7. Its not moral to take the easy path that costs you nothing which is why people take the choices you mention (except for voting… which is at least a little useful sometimes)
    Moral is talking about things that effect peoples lives, complaining about politicians and judicial mistakes even when people thin your weird or less socially desirable to be around.

    • flammable good for a grin….
      I know a few local political types and its kinda ‘surprising’ how they get to go on flights to hear famous folks talk about whats ‘important’- one was gushing over hearing elon musk talk on an all expenses paid trip.
      I’m less optimistic about human nature In our hearts people are SELFISH, and its only by long training OR fear of results that we dont all go around taking what we want like savages.
      Pretending that humans are naturally nice leads to boomer thinking about how the government has our best interests at heart….worse is that stupid Dave Grossman’s idea that there are wolves and sheep and sheepdogs which in practice works out to be ‘the aristocratic elite protects you from the bandits who WANT to be the aristocratic elite…. ‘pirates n emperors’ lol

  8. My favorite is “The man, the boy, and the donkey”. It seems a necessary lesson for the times. And thank you for the refresh…Have you read “little one inch”? It is a Japanese story and there was another the “Weaver of the clouds”. I looked them up online for a refresh..Very cute children’s story/folktale.

  9. What is interesting to note, is that Aesop’s Fables contains many stories involving animals and nature, the environment of the time period. Wild boar were in several of Corbett’s tales.

    In this age, that wildlife environment is somewhat foreign to many.

    Well, unless you visit a golf course in Texas, where this fellow wrestled down a 400 pound wild hog.

    Video Story

    • If we would combine this story with the newstory posted above by HRS we could have a runaway hog come back with some 1.5 tonnes of hog friends. That would surely be good news… maybe?

    • scpat, Thanks for that.
      “The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it’s really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad — because you never know what will be the consequence of the misfortune; or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.”

      I think I will get the book by Alan Watts “Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks: 1960-1969”.

      • No problem, HRS. My perspective on life has changed after listening to Alan Watts’ talks. He was truly one of a kind.

  10. ‘There is NO fruit that is not bitter before it is ripe’
    That phrase has a lot of mileage.

  11. I couldn’t help but chuckle, especially at your French.

  12. kraanik,

    As dirty fables go, this one is packed full of morals. Bettie and Veronica are gonna be called on first, hands down, not so much if you’re lookin’ like dirty Johnny. Moral? Always dress for success.

    About Uncle Terry: Moral? – Don’t be giving no drugs and guns to the outcast, ostracized, marginalized and demoralized, ’cause it might just bite someone or many more persons in the ass. And for ejaculate, if you’re waving it, use the flag, if you must…. Damn.

    Now, here’s a song with a moral about being someplace you don’t belong, whilst thinking the grass is greener where you’re not. Yeah, there’s some sexual overtones to it, like the House of the Rising Sun, but, I don’t think that’s the point:

    Another version for those true Dylan aficionados:

    And another:

    And another:

  13. I just wanted to say thanks, James.

    More to the point would be that inspiration is a wonderful thing, and it is surprising how often children are involved in its arrival.

  14. I do remember these. I have some of these old books containing wisdom on my shelf, I guess this would be a very fortuitous moment to dust them off. These fables probably offer a better education than the entire 8 years of the schooling system.

  15. Midsommar: Initiation into the Ancient Religion of the Future

    Apparently, there’s this new movie out and it’s quite symbolism laden. Seems to be next step toward having unsuspecting public take part in ancient rites.

  16. Hi alexandre

    I think another moral to that fable is

    “Don’t trust anyone wearing an expensive, bespoke costume.”

    Politicians, MSM talking heads,lawyers, popes.

    I hope Pablo caught on in time.

  17. Oh yeah, the whole thing about don’t take other people’s food is something I’ve always been so guilty of. Although I’m much more familiar with the classic fairy tales by Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, etc. far superior than the BULLSHIT Disney adaptations, we all know how the Drunk Hitler shill Walt Disney ruined great fairy tales like Cinderella, for example. From what I can tell, I sure bet thst Aesop’s Fables teach far better morals to kids than the Bible especially the Old Testament, as we all know that those superstitious Judeo-Christian morons love to shove that bible garbage down kids throats as a social engineering tool, esoeciallt by the Catholic Church alongside EVIL Evangelical Christian Zionist churches run by pedophile bigots.
    I’m looking forward to read the Aesop’s Fables, since that can be very helpful for someone with autism like me, in addition to Self-help books, meditation, etc. Grreat video, James, Keep up the grreeat work, & I wish you could continue the Well Read Anarchist Program with not only more Proudhon, but also Benjamin Tucker, Josiah Warren, Clarence Lee Swartz, Emile Armand, etc. PEACEFUL ANARCHY FTW! One last thing, am I only the autistic anime-loving gamer here in the Corbett Report community? I’m pretty quite curious that’s all, cheers!

  18. “You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination.
    You may not see your ears, but they will be there.”

    That’s beautiful.

    • This is another grreat Corbett Report Video, although I can’t believe James Corbett ignored one of the most famous Aesop’s Fables, which is The Tortoise & The Hare. The very few actuallly truthful Alt Media types like James Corbett, Derrick Broze, etc. are like the Tortoise while the many FAKE ALT Media shenanigans like Alex Jones, & all of those Conservative Media scum including Hideous QTards are exactly just like the Hare. The Hares always promote hideous brainwashing LIES that’s the Conservative Media Mind Control garbage shove it down the stupid masses as viral as possible while The Tortoises like The Corbett Report, The Conscious Resistance, The Anti-Media, Last American Vagabond, etc. are the only very few outlets that actually tell the truth.

  19. I am exceedingly grateful for your inspiration!! Thank you for the pearls of wisdom you’ve bestowed, or at very least, reminded us of!

    A particular favorite of mine that I think the moral has been lost to society is “The mischievous dog”

    “There was once a Dog who used to snap at people and bite them without any provocation, and who was a great nuisance to every one who came to his master’s house. So his master fastened a bell round his neck to warn people of his presence. The Dog was very proud of the bell, and strutted about tinkling it with immense satisfaction. But an old dog came up to him and said, ‘The fewer airs you give yourself the better my friend. You don’t think, do you, that your bell was given you as a reward of merit? On the contrary, it is a badge of disgrace.’
    ~Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.”

    Can we tell the difference anymore? :'(

  20. wonderful podcast….it feels so simple & yet common sense is almost non-existent today…thanks james

  21. Darla has probably been taken care of. To quote an anthological scene:

    -Who’s Zed?
    -Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.

    • Alex , it could be from the Youtube comments , or bit-chute. Do you comment TCR outside James’s server?
      I get comments notification via Gmail of comments that are not to me but to who i commented too earliy. Very confusing. Very goo-tube.

  22. The Tao of Pooh
    The philosophy of Tao has a lot of elements that are liberating.
    Taoism promotes freedom.

    The Te of Piglet
    In the Te of Piglet there is a story about a fight over apples that are sold on the market. The taoist states that the apples should be free, because the salesman got it for free from the apple tree.

    • Alex; Sabedoria inestimavel, deves ter 1055 anos !

  23. Many years ago, I once had a fantastic, adventurous, but brief relationship with a Darla before she moved away. I thought about her the other day when on the Newsletter comment board. Coincidence, I guess, that that name should come up.

    • The way you have sown your wild oats, a mere coincidence, I’m sure.

      • I am laughing.

    • Yea. But then you can also see a fantastic, adventurous but brief relationship as a lovely little gift of random chance. A nice memory that you will always have.

    • HRS-

      Holy shit that’s funny. I rewatched that several times and kept laughing. Made my day.

  24. For a bit older children, I would recommend Terry Pratchett.
    Books about faith & religions, ridiculous science,
    conspiracies, foreign politics, press, police, banks
    and death (heavy metal).

  25. Loved it all but… “If an enemy has decided to do you wrong he will ignore any plea no matter how just.” Because an enemy is not a just adversary. Take a note Globalists!

    Apparently, most humans have either never read the fables OR they have forgotten the real take-away from them. Aesop, whoever he was, was not a fool. His fables are still attempting to teach the real take away info to the willfully ignorant masses.

  26. Awe thanks for this, perfect reminder. There is an Osho, transformations deck, that has stories from meditation based masters. It bit higher in the age appropriateness, but still a valuable collection of stories to have in the brain. When I find the book I’ll update this post for accuracy on the title and all that. Have a good one!

  27. People use wrong words all the time, that’s a good portion of the reason why we are here. You were houseless instead of homeless. Thanks for the story.

  28. Your comments on the story with the cat and the mice (regarding statists that keep getting their hopes up and being betrayed) rings especially relevant when it comes to people in the “freedom movement” in Canada and their attitude towards Pierre Poilievre. So many are convinced he is some savior figure.. I find it exasperating hearing them talk about how he’s gonna ‘make Canada the free-est country on Earth again’ etc.

    It is like you said the programmed runs deep, like some kind of multi-generational stockholm syndrome

  29. What is next month’s selection?

    I see show notes & next month’s selection under previous works, but not this one.

    I am a new subscriber. Am I missing something?

    • Hi, where are you seeing that? There were a couple of changes in the FLNWO format.

      • @mkey

        Maybe blamming is referring to how if you scroll down below the video in each FLNWO post there is a little part that says

        “Filed in: Film, Literature & The New World Order” and right above that it refers to something coming up “next month”?

        For instance at the bottom on FLNWO #40 it reads: “Next month: “And Then There Were None” by Eric Frank Russell” and then on FLNWO #41 it says “Next time: Gandhi (1982)” (though I don’t see an episode on Gandhi that I can find) but then under this episode (FLNWO #42) it does not say anything about a next episode.

        • Thank you, @mkey and Gavinm.

          When I search the home page for “FLNWO,” I find a list of old episodes. All the ones I’ve checked have “SHOW NOTES,” which always include the next topic.

          I am currently paused in the midst of #29, Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist.” It directs listeners to “Next month” The Prestige – Movie / Book.”

          I find it odd that “Aesop’s Fables” includes no such direction.

          No matter. There is plenty of good material here to keep me occupied. I look forward to engaging more actively in this study. I will patiently await future assignments.

          Incidentally — regarding the current “New World Next Week,” linked at the bottom of this page — I knew about RFK’s real killer decades ago. As a longtime San Francisco resident, during the 1980s I listened religiously to David Emory and Nip Tuck on (I think) “One Step Beyond” — by a weak radio signal, I believe it was on Sunday nights. They referenced an “alternative” bookstore south of SF that peddled many books I learned a great deal from.

    • @blamming

      I am relatively new as well, but it looks to me like the FLNWO (Film, Literature & The New World Order) only has 42 episodes and so perhaps it was discontinued ?

      In any case, I would like to offer you a warm welcome from Canada and look forward to the potential of discussing a range of topics with you in the future.

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