Thumbing — or whatever it’s called when one goes item by item through an old file in search of ideas — through a long-ignored collection of odds and ends, I came upon a less-well-known Aesop fable this morning.
The Man and His Two Wives
IN the old days, when men were allowed to have many wives a middle-aged Man had one wife that was old and one that was young; each loved him very much, and desired to see him like herself. Now the Man’s hair was turning grey, which the young Wife did not like, as it made him look too old for her husband. So every night she used to comb his hair and pick out the white ones. But the elder Wife saw her husband growing grey with great pleasure, for she did not like to be mistaken for his mother. So every morning she used to arrange his hair and pick out as many of the black ones as she could. The consequence was the Man soon found himself entirely bald.
Moral: Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield.
So what does that have to do with anything? Somehow I see in that a reflection of our current political system. It surely resembles the plight of poor John Boehner.
And I say “poor” in genuine sympathy for the man.