ANST - Re: Story of wisdom and turth
marguerite at ih2000.net
Sat Oct 28 05:44:09 PDT 2000
> ...a small crowd is gathered. They appear a mixed bunch of fighting men and
> women, scholars, monks, wenches, artists, and craftspeople. A plainly
> dressed warrior sits among this group quietly teaching and sharing from his
> travels. This week Gryphon shares some traditional wisdom and tells a tale.
> He begins with a tale...
> A Knight, A Squire, and A Horse
> A knight and his squire were once on their way to a war in a far away land.
> The knight proudly sat his horse and his young squire walked along beside
> him. Together they set a leisurely pace that was easy to keep up with. One
> day some onlookers in the strange lands they traveled through said, "What a
> terrible thing, a big strong man sitting on the horse's back, and the poor
> boy has to walk."
> So the knight wishing for the favor and good will of these strangers got off
> the horse, and the young squire got on. Shortly they passed another group
> of people and these said, "How terrible, this noble knight is walking while
> that young boy bestrides the horse."
> So both the knight and squire got on the horse's back, but the next group of
> people they passed just around a bend in the road said, "Oh what a poor
> horse! Two people sitting on his back - that's terrible, why it's downright
> inhumane." The horse looked askance at these folks, for he was a warhorse
> stout and true and the double weight was nothing to him at this strolling
> gait. But being a horse he held his tongue.
> However, based on these last words, the knight and squire both got off the
> horse. The next people they passed said, "How crazy, the horse has nothing
> on his back, and two people are walking in the dust when they could be
> Sometime later, people at the war were astonished at what they saw when the
> knight and squire approached. What did they see ye ask? The knight and
> squire were both carrying the horse!
> Gryphon's commentary:
> How does this apply to us? Most people want to be liked, so they try to
> avoid criticism. At its worst, our efforts to avoid criticism can make us
> compromise things we shouldn't. The knight and his squire were minding
> their own business, doing what they thought was right. When people
> criticized them, the knight and squire caved in to the criticism and tried
> to please everyone. They ended up acting like something they were not and
> looking, well, a little foolish. They were acting like a horse (the horse
> had more intelligence than to try and act like a knight but he wasn't given
> any choice in the matter).
> Ever try to carry a horse? It isn't easy, likewise our lives aren't easy
> when we cave into criticism rather than stand for what is right. Stop and
> think for a moment. Is there a difference between the ideals you profess
> and the way you act? If your beliefs mean anything to you, they should be
> reflected in your words and deeds each day. Is it? Others may criticize
> you. But the only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing, and
> be nothing.
> Now for those of you who think I'm being too preachy and want the typical
> wisdom categories, here you go:
> Biblical Wisdom
> 1 Peter 3:17
> "It is better. . .to suffer for doing good than for doing evil."
> Honi soit qui mal y pense
> Shamed be he who thinks evil on it - (motto of the Order of the Garter)
> Celtic Wisdom Triplet
> Three things which the upright will gain:
> contentment with what they have,
> peace of conscience,
> and unending happiness.
> Always in humble service,
> Gryphon Savage
> ... We could all take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to
> ...The "wisdom" shared is either from period sources, in a period style
> (such as a Celtic triplet or story), or on a topic that relates to life in
> the Society. However, I reserve the right to "modernize" obscure words or
> phrases in translation or to be really perverse and go in the other
> direction to describe the underlying Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Old Norse, or
> Gaelic for a particular piece (then again I might just make it up) - my
> library is decent for Biblical Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, Gaelic and Old
> Gryphon can be reached at harpandblade at home.com or visit Gryphon at The Harp
> and Blade web site at http://members.home.net/harpandblade
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