Insight – Cy Young Aesop’s Fables For The 21st Century

Talk about Insights! Now here’s a guy who was the King of Insights. No, I’m not talking about Cy Young, (though he certainly has had his share) I’m talking about his predecessor, Aesop.

Wikipedia tells us, “Aesop (620-560 BC), a slave and story-teller who lived in Ancient Greece, wrote Aesop’s Fables, a blanket term for collections of brief fables, usually involving anthropomorphic animals. His fables are some of the most well known in the world. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children” (and many adults who need moral refresher courses) “today. Many stories included in Aesop’s Fables, such as The Fox and the Grapes (from which the idiom “sour grapes” was derived), The Tortoise and the Hare, The North Wind and the Sun and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, are well-known throughout the world.”

Interesting how the folks back in 500 BC struggled with many of the same moral problems as we do today. I could not have raised my own son without The Boy Who Cried Wolf. It was a philosophical staple in our home and it got so that all I would have to say was, “The Boy Who” and my son would roll his eyes and finish with, “Cried Wolf”. The tale’s moral was so clear that it was one of the few inarguable lessons of his childhood.
These humble incidents taught and still teach great truths and do so in Biblical proportion. A race between a turtle and a rabbit becomes a life lesson that is considered by us and governs us over and over. Now if this ain’t inspirational, I don’t know what is.

So when Cy Young first approached me with his 21st Century musicalized version of Aesop’s Fables, I gladly put it on top of the stack. On top of it all was the fact that Cy’s treatment was truly funny, child hip and immanently singable.

If you have children, or if you know children, you will be doing them a great disservice if you don’t immediately rush out and buy Cy Young’s most charming musical on CD. In fact, you don’t even have to “rush out”. You can just sit back and order it on line with a few easy clicks.

Do so now. Teach your children (or grandchildren) life’s great truths. Save the world.

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