Thursday, August 21, 2008

Market Meditations

A wayfarer unexpectedly encounters a tiger and so runs to get away from it. He comes to a cliff, looks back to see the tiger in ravenous pursuit, and left with no other choice, leaps off the edge. Much to his temporary relief, a small ledge breaks the treacherous fall; he clings to it, suspended more than seventy feet above the ground. The traveler briefly regains his composure before he realizes another hungry tiger lurks at the bottom of the cliff. He is trapped, unable to step in any direction and cornered from above and below by predators. He looks over at a cluster of rubble and is surprised to see a delicate strawberry plant and with it a small, bright red berry, which, with nowhere else to turn, he happily eats while leafing through a packet of ads printed from the Job Information List.

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Posted by: bonnie kyburz at August 22, 2008 10:38 AM

I read somewhere that one of the earliest versions of the parable ends with a note about the berry being poisonous. For now, I'm not going to contemplate that version.

Posted by: Derek at August 22, 2008 10:18 PM

right. best to leave that alone :)

Posted by: bonnie at August 27, 2008 9:42 PM