You Offend Me…the voices whisper
Adrianne Truett
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Aesop had the same experience and expressed it in his fable of the man and son who took a donkey to market; everyone they passed told them they were doing it wrong: (“one of you should ride”; “Disgraceful for a son to ride and make his father walk”; “Disgraceful for the father to ride and make his son walk”; “Cruel for both to ride that poor animal”); at which point the father ordered his son to carry the donkey with him which elicited uproarious derision when they came in sight of the market, which so startled them that they dropped the animal into the river they were crossing, causing the animal to drown, losing them their profit, and the animal its life. Living for the approval of others is a sure path to misery.

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