But that doesn't mean you shouldn't listen...
- Did the kid know that the Wolf's piping would catch the attention of the Shepherd Dogs?
- The reported moral is "Do not let anything turn you from your purpose." but there a couple of others.
- If you're going to go out, may as well go out having fun. (Kind of.)
- Listen to your elders.
- Don't be in a hurry to grow up.
- Kind of a bummer.
- Punished for curiosity. But also for hubris or vanity.
- Know when to keep your mouth shut.
- Hubris will lead to your downfall. (Literally)
- Don't piss off the gods? (You should've gone to that wedding sir.)
- Maybe: Be content with what you have.
- I'm not a big fan of being punished for curiosity but that moral could be changed more to "Be cautious when adventuring into the unknown."
- Lies often lead to more lies.
- Don't speak of things that you do not know.
- The use of a dolphin and monkey seems really oddly specific for this fable but this could be changed in a retelling to humans or more relevant animals.
- Some morals that they don't really want you to take away (but you can):
- The best lies contain a grain of truth.
- Smaller lies are easier to get away with.
- If you're going to lie, best to make sure that the repercussions (if caught) are not disastrous.
- Don't expect others to share your burdens if you don't share the rewards.
- Slightly reworded (as the story says):
- We cannot expect anyone to share our misfortunes unless we are willing to share out good fortune also.
- This could be reinterpreted and retold with a moral of "even when you share your good fortune, do not expect others to share theirs".
|The Travelers and the Purse|
Title: The Aesop for Children
Illustrator: Milo Winter
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