A satyr is a creature often depicted in classical mythology. A satyr is a deity of the woods and mountains and is represented as part human, part horse, and sometimes part goat. Satyrs are noted for riotousness and lasciviousness. One source claims that they like to spend their time drinking, dancing, and chasing nymphs.
One of my favorite Aesop Fables is The Satyr and the Traveller (or The Man and the Satyr as it is also called). Here's how it goes:
One cold bitter night in the dead of winter, a traveller had lost his way in the woods. As the traveller tried to make his way out, a satyr came up to him. Recognizing that the traveller was lost, the satyr offered the traveller lodging for the night and promised to help him out of the woods in the morning.
As the traveller and the satyr made their way back to the satyr's dwelling, the traveller, shivering from the cold, brought his cupped hands to his mouth and blew on them. The satyr, curious about the action, asked the traveller why he did that. The traveller explained, "My hands are numb from the cold. My breath warms them."
After arriving at the satyr's home, the satyr offered the traveller a pipping hot bowl of porridge. As the traveller raised the bowl to his mouth, he blew on the porridge. Watching this, the satyr became confused so he asked the man, "Why did you do that?" The traveller responded by saying, "The porridge is too hot. My breath helps cool it."
Upon hearing this, this satyr ordered the man out of his house exclaiming, "Out you go! I will have nothing to do with a man who can blow both hot and cold with the same breath!"
The moral of the story is simple - Beware of individuals who change their nature depending on the situation. This includes two faced individuals as well.
I recall this fable and its moral at least twice a year, usually when confronted with someone who behaves in this manner. I have heeded the warning and have steered clear of those individuals.
Do you have a favorite Aesop fable or a fable that you are constantly reminded of by real life situations?
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