The meme gives a bit of a warning as does the source of today's very short story.
This isn't the best known of Aesop's fables and I'm going to put it together from three sources. This story needs an introduction found in Aesop's Fables with Illustrations by John Tenniel. (He didn't illustrate this fable.)
The Three Tradesmen
There was a city in expectation of being besieged, and a council was called accordingly to discuss the best means of fortifying it.
(The rest of the story:)
Every man for himself.
That was from the 1912 volume and again a famous illustrator (Arthur Rackham) didn't illustrate it, letting you picture it in your mind.
The text by V. S. Vernon Jones includes his idea of the moral. Aesop's Fables with Drawings by Fritz Kredel is still under copyright, but I prefer his moral and believe just stating that little bit is Fair Use.
Application: It is difficult to see beyond one's own nose.
So what am I combining three versions of the great teacher, Aesop, to say on my soapbox?
Covid has been ridiculously politicized and it has become a case of "Every man for himself." It would be all fine if we weren't dealing with both a highly contagious situation and helpless children unable to be vaccinated and dependent upon the safety and responsibility of adults around them.
Whether masked or unmasked (pull it over your nose, PLEASE!) consider how you may be sickening or even killing children. I repeat: Application: It is difficult to see beyond one's own nose.
I'll step off my soapbox now, but please, if you go to hug me, first warn me if you're unvaccinated.
- There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, maybe none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection. I have long recommended it and continue to do so. He has loaded Stith Thompson's Motif Index into his server as a database so you can search the whole 6 volumes for whatever word or expression you like by pressing one key. http://folkmasa.org/motiv/motif.htm
- You may have noticed I'm no
longer certain Dr. Perez has the largest database, although his
offering the Motif Index certainly qualifies for those of us seeking
specific types of stories. There's another site, FairyTalez
claiming to be the largest, with "over 2000 fairy tales,
folktales, and fables" and they are "fully optimized for
phones, tablets, and PCs", free and presented without ads.
Between those two sites, there is much for story-lovers, but as they say in infomercials, "Wait, there's more!"
- Zalka Csenge Virag - http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com doesn't give the actual stories, but her recommendations, working her way through each country on a continent, give excellent ideas for finding new books and stories to love and tell.
You're going to find many of the links on these sites have gone down, BUT go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to find some of these old links. Tim's site, for example, is so huge probably updating it would be a full-time job. In the case of Story-Lovers, it's great that Jackie Baldwin set it up to stay online as long as it did after she could no longer maintain it. Possibly searches maintained it. Unfortunately Storytell list member, Papa Joe is on both Tim Sheppard's site and Story-Lovers, but he no longer maintains his old Papa Joe's Traveling Storytelling Show website and his Library (something you want to see!) is now only on the Wayback Machine. It took some patience working back through claims of snapshots but finally in December of 2006 it appears!