Aesop's Fables - FLNWO #42

09/20/2019100 Comments

On this edition of Film, Literature and the New World Order, James examines Aesop's Fables for some of the timeless wisdom that we can still benefit from here in the 21st century.

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  1. kraanik says:

    My favorite fable is the fable of dirty johnny

  2. Joris says:

    The video thumbnail is awesome!

    It’s like the tree in the background is the growing from the book. Was that your intention or is it a very cool coincidence?

  3. tiffany.p says:

    I hadn’t thought about these fables, but I will try reading them to my daughter. We read every night and I think she’ll really enjoy them. Once again, taking seemingly complex ideas and breaking them down so everyone can grasp them. I truly appreciate the work you do.

  4. generalbottlewasher says:

    A hungry fox stole one day into a vineyard bursting with clusters grapes all ripe and luscious for eating. But they grew on trellises so high that he leaped, and leaped again, until he was worn out and panting. Giving up at last, he stalked away jauntily. ” Take them who will,” he sniffed. ” The grapes are sour!”

    ¤¤¤ Aesop is supposed to have lived some time after 560 B.C. But the Fables originated in many places and in times much more
    remote ¤¤¤ Four Fables. From the ” A Treasury of Satire” by Edgar Johnson” Simon & Schuster 1945.

    What the moral is? Not provided. Im guessing about Honest work and Universal Incomes inevitable sour harvest.

    • Duck says:

      I read the moral was that people hate what they cant have/do/become…hence people getting ‘sour grapes’ and being ‘glad’ they didnt get the awful promotion or have to put up with the hectic life of the rich and famous or have the anoying number of suitors pretty people get….

  5. cooly says:

    Another little gem is the fable (though not attributed to Aesop) The Scorpion And The Frog, which I’m sure most of you know of.

    It comes to mind when people keep falling for the voting charade. “Oh, this political candidate is trustworthy, not like the others.”

    And also with the creation and stockpiling of nuclear weapons, which if, or most likely when, they are deployed may cause a chain reaction of deployments which will not just obliterate the “enemy”, but most if not all life on the planet.

    • Duck says:

      ‘… falling for the voting charade…’
      The charade is national politics…which is why its where they keep the drama… you can make a big difference in local politics with just a few people.
      People dumb enough to live under housing associations often suffer under a petite tyrant for years when a few dozen votes could kick them out. Agenda 21 and its ilk is mostly implemented by LOCAL authority

  6. manbearpig says:

    A fable for internet forums:

    “Good-morning, beautiful creature!”

    The Crow, her head cocked on one side, watched the Fox suspiciously. But she kept her beak tightly closed on the cheese and did not return his greeting.

    “What a charming creature she is!” said the Fox. “How her feathers shine! What a beautiful form and what splendid wings! Such a wonderful Bird should have a very lovely voice, since everything else about her is so perfect. Could she sing just one song, I know I should hail her Queen of Birds.”

    Listening to these flattering words, the Crow forgot all her suspicion, and also her breakfast. She wanted very much to be called Queen of Birds.

    So she opened her beak wide to utter her loudest caw, and down fell the cheese straight into the Fox’s open mouth.

    “Thank you,” said Master Fox sweetly, as he walked off…”

    • artemis says:

      That, in One of my favs….I also liked the one where the dog (or fox) gets water by putting rocks in a jar of water to raise the water levels, so he can reach it to drink…”little by little does the trick”….

    • mkey says:

      I do remember these. I have some of these old books containing wisdom on my shelf, I guess this would be a very fortuitous moment to dust them off. These fables probably offer a better education than the entire 8 years of the schooling system.

  7. jamd says:

    Thanks James, I really enjoyed that.

    Hopefully there’s a bit of wild ass in all of us!

  8. artemis says:

    I am so very glad you pointed out the worth of these tales. They are one of the few things i chose to share as a parent as well(not that they remember at this point)…The other gems i really liked, that now seems impossible to find, is the original “bambi, a life in. the woods”….NOT the horrid disney abomination. It was so deep and thoughtful, (about who really ‘above’ whom) it captured the imagination …. with questions….I also liked Riki Tiki Tavi, because he was “eaten up from head to toe with curiosity” and so could never be frozen with Fear….these for slightly older children, of course. It is a good strategy to frontload wisdom like this….they will not get it now, but it will come easier, when they are ready….or when they really need it. As a parent that is all you can do…

  9. flammable says:

    I prefer this use of the word moral. The moral of the story is often true wisdom. The other use of the word moral such as acting moral is used to control us. Be nice to everyone and don’t talk about certain topics because it would upset others. Don’t talk about a politician’s criminal history because that is not nice. Vote because many people died for the right to vote. Let the real murderer get away with it because their family would prefer to know the killer is already caught.

    • Duck says:

      Its not moral to take the easy path that costs you nothing which is why people take the choices you mention (except for voting… which is at least a little useful sometimes)
      Moral is talking about things that effect peoples lives, complaining about politicians and judicial mistakes even when people thin your weird or less socially desirable to be around.

      • flammable says:

        I do want to clarify I think there is legitimate morality in all people. We should be taught to explore our true desires and realize for ourselves that we don’t want to harm and control others. Instilling fear and approval seeking to teach right from wrong is just pure manipulation.
        For voting I agree with you it was just me generalizing the BIG Presidential vote. Because most people only vote for that. I do vote but only locally.

        • Duck says:

 good for a grin….
          I know a few local political types and its kinda ‘surprising’ how they get to go on flights to hear famous folks talk about whats ‘important’- one was gushing over hearing elon musk talk on an all expenses paid trip.
          I’m less optimistic about human nature In our hearts people are SELFISH, and its only by long training OR fear of results that we dont all go around taking what we want like savages.
          Pretending that humans are naturally nice leads to boomer thinking about how the government has our best interests at heart….worse is that stupid Dave Grossman’s idea that there are wolves and sheep and sheepdogs which in practice works out to be ‘the aristocratic elite protects you from the bandits who WANT to be the aristocratic elite…. ‘pirates n emperors’ lol

  10. Drazen says:

    Very Good.

    Glad to see that Aesop hasn’t been completely forgotten.

  11. JonQ says:

    So simple, so succinct. If I was a young father today and happened upon this essay, it would have hit me like a ton of bricks. But I’m neither, although watching this brought back memories of Pink Floyd’s (actually Roger Water’s) last album, “The Final Cut,” last song, “Two Suns…” which I bought at the end of my university days. Existence on this planet for the common man doesn’t have to be bleak, if we just wake up!

  12. sherry.a says:

    Old traditions and cultures seem to have more wisdom…one of my favorite Iranian adages is:

    ‘There is NO fruit that is not bitter before it is ripe’…..’after ripening, the fruit decays…the seed is put into the earth and the cycle repeats.’

  13. FatKat says:

    Cool segment!! Would be nice if someone made some public domain cartoon of the Fables.

  14. andy.m says:

    so simple, so true.

  15. Octium says:

    Once again, good timing James.

    I had been looking into setting up one of those little free/street libraries (As in the link below)

    And was thinking of posing a question for Corbett to ask if you had any recommendations for good “seed” books for a children’s section.

    I had completely forgotten about Aesop’s fables.

    • pearl says:

      Wonderful! I hope you get many recommendations. My contribution for a good seed book is Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, showcasing the incredible spectrum of kids and their parents as they make their way through the mysterious factory. The moral? No matter what, don’t be that spoiled rotten, disrespectful, addicted loser! There was nothing admirable about any of them except in little, humble Charlie.

      • manbearpig says:

        Totally! I preferred of course Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the destabilizing Gene Wilder.

        For a moment I confused Dahl with Shel Silverstein who wrote “The Giving Tree”. I was supposed to read that story to my little brother but I wouldn’t ’cause I hated it! I found it to be totally, utterly, painfully depressing! I know, The commendable (ecological?) moral went right over my head… or at least totally unappreciated in the harshness of the narrative…

        I much preferred Max who was sent to bed without any supper and his voyage to where the wild things are!

        And it all made me think about the album “Free to be You and Me” with Marlo Thomas and Mel Brooks among others (Diana Sands) which for my entourage was kicking in open doors about letting girls and boys be “who they are.” But I loved the title song and the stories had fablesque morals and messages.

        The link below begins with Grandma (my favorite) and is automatically followed by Dudley Pippen (my second favorite along with Boy Meets Girl which can be found elsewhere on the net.

        But the best anthropomorphic story that seemed the most allegorical to me was Watership Down with Hazel, Bigwig and Fiver…

        And now it’s time to get to work…

      • artemis says:

        My son and i read “the twits” by Dhal several times…..and we laughted

  16. pearl says:

    I had a beautiful picture book of these fables for my children, the same one Broc showed at the very beginning of the video (why did I put that book in storage?) I must bring it back out; they’re timeless reminders for every phase of life.

    The person I was when I read them to my brood is very different from the one I am today, so it was enlightening to hear James’ comparisons, ones I totally see now but probably wouldn’t have back then.

    Someone above mentioned Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. I loved that one! Also, as a very young listener, one of my most favorite, worn records was Disney’s presentation of Kipling’s “Just So Stories”, specifically “The Elephant’s Child” read by the lovable voice of Sterling Holloway. Though there must be a moral in that story somewhere (persistence?), it’s obscured by a rather odd family of parents, uncles and cousins who have no patience for questions of any sort! I always felt very sorry for the poor elephant, that he had to grow up with such a family. They were worse than the crocodile!

    Of Aesop’s many fables, it’s impossible to pick a favorite but I always did gravitate toward The Lion and the Mouse:

    A lion was sleeping in his lair when a mouse, not knowing where he was going, ran over the mighty beast’s nose and awakened him. The lion clapped his paw upon the frightened little creature and was about to make an end of him in a moment, when the mouse, in pitiable tone, besought him to spare one who had so unconsciously offended, and not stain his honorable paws with so insignificant a prey. The Lion, smiling at his little prisoner’s fright, generously let him go.

    Now it happened that a short time later the Lion, while ranging the woods for his prey, fell into the toils of the hunters. Finding himself entangled without hope of escape, he set up a roar that filled the whole forest with its echo.

    The mouse, recognizing the voice of his former benefactor, ran to the spot and, without more ado, set to work to nibble the knot in the cord that bound the lion. In a short time the mouse set the noble beast at liberty, thus convincing him that kindness is seldom thrown away and that there is no creature so much below another but that he may have it in his power to return a good favor.

  17. padraig says:

    i hope this gets it! jeez i giggled myself silly many times whilst reading this chapter to the boys. not aesop. but closer. genius writing indeed. sorry to stray from fables. this tickled me me as a child… and much more so as a dad. a giggling loopner dad a few times…. hahaha slainte!!

  18. Duck says:

    Not Aesop but an insightful tale nevertheless….
    Though this is a truly awful rendition of the story I have often thought that this story, ‘The Twany Scrawny Lion’ , perfectly describes the inner life of the psychopath… how kids will laugh when they hear of the lion watching the bunnies and wishing that he would get hungry again….but the soup keeps him delightfully full and happy.
    He even, I believe, loves the rabbits that feed him stew… though if he felt the need they would no doubt be gobbled up.

    • manbearpig says:

      Haven’t watched the video yet, but your description reminds me of Alex in the movie Madagascar when he discovers his true predatory nature in the wild and starts seeing his closest friends as nice juicy steaks.

      I know, I know, I’m so cultivated…

  19. nail says:

    My favorite is “The man, the boy, and the donkey”. It seems a necessary lesson for the times. And thank you for the refresh…Have you read “little one inch”? It is a Japanese story and there was another the “Weaver of the clouds”. I looked them up online for a refresh..Very cute children’s story/folktale.

  20. HomeRemedySupply says:

    What is interesting to note, is that Aesop’s Fables contains many stories involving animals and nature, the environment of the time period. Wild boar were in several of Corbett’s tales.

    In this age, that wildlife environment is somewhat foreign to many.

    Well, unless you visit a golf course in Texas, where this fellow wrestled down a 400 pound wild hog.

    Video Story

  21. scpat says:

    I enjoy The Story of the Chinese Farmer, as told by Alan Watts.

    • mkey says:

      If we would combine this story with the newstory posted above by HRS we could have a runaway hog come back with some 1.5 tonnes of hog friends. That would surely be good news… maybe?

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      scpat, Thanks for that.
      “The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it’s really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad — because you never know what will be the consequence of the misfortune; or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.”

      I think I will get the book by Alan Watts “Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks: 1960-1969”.

  22. Rufus Kohn says:

    Here is the fable of the Polarbear and the little bird.

    The little bird flew in the wrong direction when winter came. Heading North the cold became so unbareble the she fell from the sky. She landed softly in the belly of a Polarbear. She excused an explained herself and the bear kept het warm under his arm.
    After a while the bear got hungry. so as bears do he had a big shit before diving into the ocean. he gave the bird an option to stay in the pile of shit of possibly freeze while the bear went fishing.

    choosing option one the bear pushed the little bird up to its head in the shit and dove in the ocean.
    After a bit a fox appeares and he said well look what we have here! he picked the little bird from the pile of shit and brushed her off. And with one gulp ate her up.

    Moral of this story is: It are are not always your enemies that push you into the shit and it are not always your friends who get you out of the shit.

    Pardon any typo’s and my French 🙂

  23. Mintaka says:

    Very nice episode James.
    An episode about Humanity and Wisdom. Wisdom, on which it should build its foundation.

  24. alexandre says:

    James is one of those guys who makes you hopeful. Incredible.

    Curiously I was trying to buy a window (the outside part without glass, wood, venezziana etc) and it costs about 500 bucks (Brazilian money) and you have to wait a month (it’s made in another state) and then I thought to hell with that and decided to make it myself. Am I incapable of building a simple wooden window? So I went to the wood store, talked to the guy, showed him my plan, he gave me some suggestions and it’s gonna cost about 200 bucks. Not only a lot cheaper but made by myself. It was such a great feeling, even if it ends up being shit. It’s MY shit. So there was a fable there (can’t remember which) that james talks more or less about that, so I went “hurray”. Dr Jung built a whole house himself! (The Bollingen tower).

    In any case, who, these days, reads Aesop’s Fables to the children? James must be a rare individual.

  25. hugo.c says:

    I just wanted to say thanks, James.

    More to the point would be that inspiration is a wonderful thing, and it is surprising how often children are involved in its arrival.

  26. mkey says:

    Midsommar: Initiation into the Ancient Religion of the Future

    Apparently, there’s this new movie out and it’s quite symbolism laden. Seems to be next step toward having unsuspecting public take part in ancient rites.

    • manbearpig says:

      I haven’t finished listening to this (as the video keeps getting blocked by… whatever) but it all makes me feel the same way I felt when as a fairly young person I read the short story by Shirley Jackson entitled “The Lottery”.

      Besides that, I think Aaron confused carbon dioxide with carbon monoxide at one point…

      • manbearpig says:

        blavatsky… isn’t that name associated with the Mahatma Gandhi?…

        theosphists or something like that … can’t quite remember… have to check … tomorrow…I mean later on today…

  27. alexandre says:

    Here’s a fable. It’s called “An Assoops Fable”.

    You’re minding your own business, trying hard to stay alive. A man in a suit comes and says: “Hi, I’m your government and I want to love you, because I love you so very much”. You reply “erm…yes?”. “Yes”, says the man in the suit. “I’m going to love you very much now if you don’t mind”. “Not at all”, you reply. The man in the suit takes off your clothes, rapes you, takes all your belongings, puts them in his limousine and ties you up naked in a tree, then says: “You do believe I love you so much, don’t you? After all, I’m saying so”, and you reply “erm…yes, I guess so….if you say so, yes”. “Jolly good”, replies the man in the suit. “Do you know anybody that wants to be loved so much around here?” he asks. You reply “erm….yes, my neighbor Pablo lives just around the corner… “Jolly good! See you next week for some more loving!” and drives away in his limousine. You hear many laughs from inside the limousine, but you think it’s the sound of the birds in the sky.

    Moral of the story: We’re all idiots.

  28. TheDarkMatters says:

    Enjoying one story at a time before bed.

    The lamb drinking downstream politely telling the wolf, ‘I have no WMDs’.
    Various countries, each a lamb.

    And a big thanks for the comprehensive and compelling Whistleblowers series.

  29. manbearpig says:

    A Fable by Mark Twain

    Once upon a time, an artist who had painted a small and very beautiful picture placed it so that he could see it in the mirror. He said, “This doubles the distance and softens it, and it is twice as lovely as it was before.”

    The animals out in the woods heard of this through the housecat and they asked what a picture was, and the cat explained.

    “It is a flat thing,” he said; “wonderfully flat, marvelously flat, enchantingly flat and elegant. And, oh, so beautiful!”

    That excited them almost to a frenzy, and they said they would give the world to see it. Then the bear asked:

    “What is it that makes it so beautiful?”

    “It is the looks of it,” said the cat.

    This filled them with admiration and uncertainty, and they were more excited than ever. Then the cow asked:

    “What is a mirror?”

    “It is a hole in the wall,” said the cat. “You look in it, and there you see the picture, and it is so dainty and charming and ethereal and inspiring in its unimaginable beauty that your head turns round and round, and you almost swoon with ecstasy.”

    The ass was calm, and said there was one way to find out: he would go and look in that hole, and come back and tell what he found there.

    But he did not know where he ought to stand; and so, through error, he stood between the picture and the mirror. The result was that the picture had no chance, and didn’t show up. He returned home and said:

    There was nothing in that hole but an ass.

    The elephant asked:

    “Did you see it good and clear? Were you close to it?”

    “I saw it good and clear, O Hathi, King of Beasts. I was so close that I touched noses with it.”

    “This is very strange,” said the elephant; Let another witness try. Go, Baloo, look in the hole, and come and report.”

    So the bear went. When he came back, he said:

    “Both the cat and the ass have lied; there was nothing in the hole but a bear.”

    Great was the surprise and puzzlement of the animals. Each was now anxious to make the test himself and get at the straight truth. The elephant sent them one at a time.

    First, the cow. She found nothing in the hole but a cow.

    The tiger found nothing in it but a tiger.

    The lion found nothing in it but a lion.

    The leopard found nothing in it but a leopard.

    The camel found a camel, and nothing more.


    You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      “You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination.
      You may not see your ears, but they will be there.”

      That’s beautiful.

      • Robert Smith says:

        This is another grreat Corbett Report Video, although I can’t believe James Corbett ignored one of the most famous Aesop’s Fables, which is The Tortoise & The Hare. The very few actuallly truthful Alt Media types like James Corbett, Derrick Broze, etc. are like the Tortoise while the many FAKE ALT Media shenanigans like Alex Jones, & all of those Conservative Media scum including Hideous QTards are exactly just like the Hare. The Hares always promote hideous brainwashing LIES that’s the Conservative Media Mind Control garbage shove it down the stupid masses as viral as possible while The Tortoises like The Corbett Report, The Conscious Resistance, The Anti-Media, Last American Vagabond, etc. are the only very few outlets that actually tell the truth.

  30. Robert Smith says:

    Oh yeah, the whole thing about don’t take other people’s food is something I’ve always been so guilty of. Although I’m much more familiar with the classic fairy tales by Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, etc. far superior than the BULLSHIT Disney adaptations, we all know how the Drunk Hitler shill Walt Disney ruined great fairy tales like Cinderella, for example. From what I can tell, I sure bet thst Aesop’s Fables teach far better morals to kids than the Bible especially the Old Testament, as we all know that those superstitious Judeo-Christian morons love to shove that bible garbage down kids throats as a social engineering tool, esoeciallt by the Catholic Church alongside EVIL Evangelical Christian Zionist churches run by pedophile bigots.
    I’m looking forward to read the Aesop’s Fables, since that can be very helpful for someone with autism like me, in addition to Self-help books, meditation, etc. Grreat video, James, Keep up the grreeat work, & I wish you could continue the Well Read Anarchist Program with not only more Proudhon, but also Benjamin Tucker, Josiah Warren, Clarence Lee Swartz, Emile Armand, etc. PEACEFUL ANARCHY FTW! One last thing, am I only the autistic anime-loving gamer here in the Corbett Report community? I’m pretty quite curious that’s all, cheers!

  31. EmmyA says:

    I am exceedingly grateful for your inspiration!! Thank you for the pearls of wisdom you’ve bestowed, or at very least, reminded us of!

    A particular favorite of mine that I think the moral has been lost to society is “The mischievous dog”

    “There was once a Dog who used to snap at people and bite them without any provocation, and who was a great nuisance to every one who came to his master’s house. So his master fastened a bell round his neck to warn people of his presence. The Dog was very proud of the bell, and strutted about tinkling it with immense satisfaction. But an old dog came up to him and said, ‘The fewer airs you give yourself the better my friend. You don’t think, do you, that your bell was given you as a reward of merit? On the contrary, it is a badge of disgrace.’
    ~Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.”

    Can we tell the difference anymore? :'(

  32. judyanne says:

    wonderful podcast….it feels so simple & yet common sense is almost non-existent today…thanks james

  33. sTevo says:

    Here is a song by Kurt Elling

    Those Clouds Are Heavy, You Dig?

    Moral? When your young heart loses faith, an elder will be there for you.

  34. alexandre says:

    Funny. I got by email some comments from this post, but I got one from “darla” that looks like some AI text, kind of weird, starting with “Im sorry did nobody else hear what I thought hes saying because Im totally freaked out.”

    BUT, I can’t find any “darla” here. Does someone knows what this is?

  35. zyxzevn says:

    The Tao of Pooh
    The philosophy of Tao has a lot of elements that are liberating.
    Taoism promotes freedom.

    The Te of Piglet
    In the Te of Piglet there is a story about a fight over apples that are sold on the market. The taoist states that the apples should be free, because the salesman got it for free from the apple tree.

    • alexandre says:

      Many philosophies have the truth. We have an abundance of truths, much more than one would need. The problem is not what one reads (or hears), but what one understands, and of course if the ego has a good enough relationship with the self as to let the material go deep and do the transformation down there. As the ego thinks he’s God (i.e. nothing else exists but He), he thinks that when he understands something, that’s enough, but the material remains only in the brain for a while, then rots like milk in the fridge, and then he goes looking for the truth again. When the ego understands what he is and what his role is, then a simple flower is enough to understand everything. Easier said than done.

      • generalbottlewasher says:

        Alex; Sabedoria inestimavel, deves ter 1055 anos !

        • alexandre says:

          About. Lost count. “Se me fué la mano”, as Cortazar’s mother said at her 101th birthday.

          Remember the Buddha’s sermon of the flower? I was there! I was making the coffee. Ah, I remember, Gautama liked “milkoffeee pleese”.

          • generalbottlewasher says:

            Alex: my fingers hurt watching this guy play like he has 101 fingers on just his left hand. The beautiful Joe Pass


            • alexandre says:

              Good one. And that guitar is a D’Aquisto, which was the most expensive guitar in the world. (I think he got it as a present or something, maybe some endorsement thing). Joe Pass was my first influence. I took many of his solos when I was learning (alone at home). Around 1982 my mom bought me a mono tape recorder and a cassette tape by Joe called “Virtuoso #2” and I took everything I could. But you are correct about the fingers. I had to do a gig some years ago that was solo jazz guitar – I always play with a kitchen section – so it’s been long since last I played alone. Boy, did my hands hurt. Very hard to do a whole gig like that. And not only the pain, but in abou 15 minutes your entire repertoire is gone. Horrible gig. Joe was one of the greats. Check out his album “Intercontinental”. It’s him, bass and drums.

      • manbearpig says:

        Very true and very well expressed Alexandre. Mark Twain expressed something similar in his fable.

        Just finished watching the 2006 French version of the famous fable known as Flowers for Algernon. Devastating. And devastatingly well-acted.

        Now back to Operation Dynamo.

        • alexandre says:

          Obs – does milk rot in the fridge?

          What’s Operation Dynamo?

          • manbearpig says:

            Also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, it was, apparently, a harrowing evacuation effort during world war two that ushered French, British and some Belgian troops away to England from the Northern French shores of Dunkirk, which was under siege by the Germans. Some 330,000 lives were thus saved, seemingly against all odds.

  36. HomeRemedySupply says:

    A short marriage fable…
    Marriage – You have two options
    (10 seconds)

  37. zyxzevn says:

    For a bit older children, I would recommend Terry Pratchett.
    Books about faith & religions, ridiculous science,
    conspiracies, foreign politics, press, police, banks
    and death (heavy metal).

  38. NES says:

    Loved it all but… “If an enemy has decided to do you wrong he will ignore any plea no matter how just.” Because an enemy is not a just adversary. Take a note Globalists!

    Apparently, most humans have either never read the fables OR they have forgotten the real take-away from them. Aesop, whoever he was, was not a fool. His fables are still attempting to teach the real take away info to the willfully ignorant masses.

  39. Again, thank you James for excellent inspiration and uplift, here in Poland after another fake election ritual this gem of wisdom is now giving comfort to quite a few of my connections.

    We have a very old translation in rhymes of classical poetry, and that finds it’s way deeper into the heart and soul, I’m sure there’s one in English language too.

  40. trin3000 says:

    Awe thanks for this, perfect reminder. There is an Osho, transformations deck, that has stories from meditation based masters. It bit higher in the age appropriateness, but still a valuable collection of stories to have in the brain. When I find the book I’ll update this post for accuracy on the title and all that. Have a good one!

  41. Fact Checker says:

    Re: The Wolf & the Lamb:

    “If an enemy has decided to do you wrong he will ignore any plea no matter how just.”

    This is a great fable for those who defend the surveillance-security state because they “have nothing to hide.”

    Re: The Wild Ass & the Tame Ass:

    This is going to be the most important fable for our Vaxx-Mandated World. Sure, the Universal Basic Income and Vaxx-Passport privileges are going to look enticing…but what burdens will people take up into their bodies for these benefits?

    And for the Wild Asses among us, are we going to be able to forsake the yoke steadfastly when it means being outcast, impoverished, and starved?

    • wave.watcher says:

      I was going to make a comment on the The Wild Ass & the Tame Ass story, but Fact Checker’s comment basically says what I was going to.

      In my life I have had times where I lived with little, was poor and even what many would consider ‘homeless’ even though I owned and lived out of my car and later truck (that was older than me) so I never considered myself homeless. I have worked on farms as a WOOFer in exchange for food and access to a bathroom and a safe place to park my truck which was my home. As a child riding in the car as my parents drove from the suburbs into the city I used to do a thought experiment, “if I were homeless where would I make a shelter?” I would scan the area on the sides of the freeway and on-ramps looking for locations I could construct a stealth shelter (although at that young age I didn’t know that term for it) that would be concealed from view yet have a good view of anyone approaching. This is just one of many ways that I was so different from anyone around me. I was a ‘weird’ kid. I didn’t know why, but I was compelled/obsessed to do things and learn things that no one else around me was interested in. Now I understand why. There is no substitute for knowledge, ingenuity, flexibility and practice… including practicing things we would consider to be hardships.

      Good points about the The Wolf & the Lamb story Fact Checker. I inherently understood that, but there is value in making it explicit as you have.

  42. lekp says:

    Very sweet of your son offering a moral to the story…and very courageous. I remember my parents asking me such things and I never answered (even though I had one) being too afraid of being wrong or laughed at.

  43. Gavinm says:

    Your comments on the story with the cat and the mice (regarding statists that keep getting their hopes up and being betrayed) rings especially relevant when it comes to people in the “freedom movement” in Canada and their attitude towards Pierre Poilievre. So many are convinced he is some savior figure.. I find it exasperating hearing them talk about how he’s gonna ‘make Canada the free-est country on Earth again’ etc.

    It is like you said the programmed runs deep, like some kind of multi-generational stockholm syndrome

  44. blamming says:

    What is next month’s selection?

    I see show notes & next month’s selection under previous works, but not this one.

    I am a new subscriber. Am I missing something?

    • mkey says:

      Hi, where are you seeing that? There were a couple of changes in the FLNWO format.

      • Gavinm says:


        Maybe blamming is referring to how if you scroll down below the video in each FLNWO post there is a little part that says

        “Filed in: Film, Literature & The New World Order” and right above that it refers to something coming up “next month”?

        For instance at the bottom on FLNWO #40 it reads: “Next month: “And Then There Were None” by Eric Frank Russell” and then on FLNWO #41 it says “Next time: Gandhi (1982)” (though I don’t see an episode on Gandhi that I can find) but then under this episode (FLNWO #42) it does not say anything about a next episode.

        • blamming says:

          Thank you, @mkey and Gavinm.

          When I search the home page for “FLNWO,” I find a list of old episodes. All the ones I’ve checked have “SHOW NOTES,” which always include the next topic.

          I am currently paused in the midst of #29, Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist.” It directs listeners to “Next month” The Prestige – Movie / Book.”

          I find it odd that “Aesop’s Fables” includes no such direction.

          No matter. There is plenty of good material here to keep me occupied. I look forward to engaging more actively in this study. I will patiently await future assignments.

          Incidentally — regarding the current “New World Next Week,” linked at the bottom of this page — I knew about RFK’s real killer decades ago. As a longtime San Francisco resident, during the 1980s I listened religiously to David Emory and Nip Tuck on (I think) “One Step Beyond” — by a weak radio signal, I believe it was on Sunday nights. They referenced an “alternative” bookstore south of SF that peddled many books I learned a great deal from.

    • Gavinm says:


      I am relatively new as well, but it looks to me like the FLNWO (Film, Literature & The New World Order) only has 42 episodes and so perhaps it was discontinued ?

      In any case, I would like to offer you a warm welcome from Canada and look forward to the potential of discussing a range of topics with you in the future.

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