Aesop’s On It: Personal Freedom

What do you sacrifice for routine?

I was recently researching Aesop for an ensemble devised children’s theatre residency when I had a few “aha!” moments. Here’s one:



Aesop's On It: Freedom -- Creatively Independent photo by Danielle (stubbornbeauty) FlickrA gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. “Ah, Cousin,” said the Dog. “I knew how it would be; your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. Why do you not work steadily as I do, and get your food¬†regularly given to you?”

“I would have no objection,” said the Wolf, “if I could only get a place.”

“I will easily arrange that for you,” said the Dog; “come with me to my master and you shall share my work.”

So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On the way there the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the Dog’s neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about.

Oh, it is nothing,” said the Dog. “That is only the place where the collar is put on at night to keep me chained up; it chafes a bit, but one soon gets used to it.”

“Is that all?” said the Wolf. “Then good-bye to you, Master Dog.”



Oh… The Many Questions That Follow:

  • Are we calling our own shots or putting it up to others to provide for us?
  • Is the risk of not knowing where our next job or meal is coming from so great that it’s worth sacrificing freedom… enduring a modicum of pain?
  • Which feels better, the Wolf or the Dog? Why?
  • Am I the Wolf or the Dog?
  • Am I Master to another Dog?
  • Am I trying to make a Wolf a Dog?


Aesop's On It: Personal Freedom -- Creatively Independent photo by Josh Schwartzman (Flickr)

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