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A Parable for the Forum

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Joe Kish, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. Joe Kish

    Joe Kish Active Member

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    A Parable

    One day a majestic lion wanted to reassure himself that all the other animals knew and hadn’t forgotten just who was the King of Beasts. So he stalked a grazing zebra, leaped on its back, wrestled it to the ground and roared in its face, "Who is the king of beasts?" Quaking, the zebra answered, "You are your majesty, you are!" “And don’t forget it!” snapped the lion and walked off.

    Next the lion approached a giraffe plucking leaves from an acacia tree. He sprang onto its back, and with Herculean effort toppled it to the ground. Straddling its neck, the lion roared in the giraffe’s face, "Who’s the king of beasts?" Shivering, the giraffe answered, "You are your majesty, you are!" “And don’t you forget it!” snapped the lion walking off.

    Then the lion approached a bull elephant tearing branches off a baobab tree. Feeling cocksure all the animals would respond favorably, the lion sprinted up to the elephant, cuffed him sharply on a foreleg and roared, "Who is the king of beasts?" The elephant ignored him. The lion thought maybe the elephant was hard of hearing so he smacked him harder on the leg and roared in a louder voice, "Who is the king of beasts?" Still the elephant ignored him and kept right on feeding.

    That angered the lion. So he leapt onto the back of the elephant and roared into its right ear, "Who is the king of beasts?" The elephant casually reached over its head with its trunk, wrapped it around the middle of the lion then slammed the King against the right side of the tree, then the left side and finished him off by flinging his majesty over his back and calmly went back to feeding.

    The stunned lion slowly staggered to his feet, shook his head and sculked off yelling over his shoulder, "Sheesh! You don't have to get pssst just because you don't know the answer."
     
  2. mislynx

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    Mr. Kish have you been to Africa? And if so which countries.
     

  3. Joe Kish

    Joe Kish Active Member

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    Yes I've been there four times. So. Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, on the border with Mozambique. Two of my trips were tagalong with hunters to collect measurements, skeletons, deathmasks, and field sketches for future use in model making. And of course the bird watching. A bird watcher's paradise.
     
  4. Brian Reinertson

    Brian Reinertson Well-Known Member

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    This parable seems like an open invitation for more intellectual insults.
     
  5. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

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    " But THIS forum DOES provide a quick and easy way for thoughtful people to influence opinions. It’s unfortunate that it also provides a convenient playground for intellectual midgets and their toadies to parade their ignorance"

    Joe kish
     
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  6. DL

    DL Well-Known Member

    Our latest edition of the DSM 5 provides some intellectual insights. After perusing through borderline personality disorders I came upon this.

    If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don't receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having "the best" of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.

    At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior. Or you may feel depressed and moody because you fall short of perfection.
     
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  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. Which do you feel that you relate to Joe?