Saturday, September 7, 2013

My New Love For Aesop (African origins)

I have been recently introduced to the fables of Aesop, and I am enthralled by them . These stories are an untapped resource. The wisdom and life lessons that flow through these stories is incredible. The one issue that i have about these stories is that they are market only for kids, but I feel that these stories are even more relevant for adults.
These Tales use animals, tools, and gods to teach life lessons that stick. I was doing some studying and ran across the idea of inoculation. For those that don't know,  inoculation is a process by which a disease is implanted in a person, plant or animal to stimulate disease resistance. Of course the disease that is implanted is weakened but it is strong enough to cause the recipient 's immune system to react thereby developing the antibodies to fight the disease. When reading about this process immediately I thought about Aesop's fables, and the proverbs that I have been studying throughout the years. I believe that these tales and words of wisdom act on the mind the same way inoculation works on body. It helps build up an immunity to life's foolishness. Saying all that I believe that not tapping into the wisdom of our ancestors (I don't mean just the history) by way of the proverbs, fables and myths, we are exposing ourselves to foolishness and dangers that we would be able to overcome a lot quicker if we were exposed to the potent medicine that was left to us by those who came before us.
I also want to stress to all those who are reading this that aesop was an African. Whether he was Nubian, Kemetic, or ethiopian I am not sure. The reason I will argue for him being Black is not just from the descriptions left, because many scholars dispute this, nor do I stress this because of his name ( some say that his name is a variation of ethiop or ethiopian) again many scholars state this is not the fact. I believe because of this coin:
This is an old greek coin that was widely distributed. Now many scholars will dispute this as well, but here is my reasoning. When we follow the story of Aesop at least the fragments that can be put together we find that he was a captive (slave) that gained his freedom by his wits. He mentally sparred with the heavyweights of his time such as Solon, Thales, and other wise men of the time in the court Croesus king of Lydia  and out did them all as a matter of fact a widely used proverb was created from this encounter " the Phrygian has spoken better than all" which from my reading of it means that wisdom can flow from one who has not followed the traditional methods of learning and that wisdom is no respecter of person. Aesop eventually gained a high position in this kings court and went on many diplomatic missions. One of the missions led him to the city of Delphi (the home of the world famous oracle) with the task of distributing  gold for the king. When Aesop arrived he was appalled by the greediness of the people and sent the gold back to the king and the people of Delphi publically executed him. Now this is where I believe the facts point to this coin being Aesop. It was said that Delphi was hit by many calamities after this crime and until they made public reparations. Also A statue was erected of Aesop in Athens. Now thinking about this I have come to the conclusion that a coin was also minted in his honor to make amends for the crime against wisdom perpetrated by the greeks in his murder. So there you have it judge for yourself. 
So now that you read this prepare yourself for my next book that I am allowing to brew in my head using this fables once again, but this time consciously in a work that will revolutionize self help and Mastery.
Nuff said 
Peace and 1hunid years