Category Archives: Fables, myths & parables

“Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes”

(un├╝bersetzt?) “Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes” That was the deep uncanny mine of souls. Like veins of silver ore, they silently moved through its massive darkness. Blood welled up among the roots, on its way to the world of men, and in … Continue reading

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Fable of the Olive Gloss Army Jeep

When my Uncle Steve was in the Army he managed a warehouse. He was responsible for ordering and shipping supplies and managing inventory. I say he “managed a warehouse”, but actually he managed two warehouses, an official one that belonged … Continue reading

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Serres’ pragmatogony

“I imagine, at the origin, a rapid whirlwind in which the transcendental constitution of the object by the subject would be nourished, as in return, by the symmetrical constitution of the subject by the object, in crushing semicycles that are … Continue reading

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Two case fables

Case fable 1: Qualico Qualico studied one unique customer and came to understand that customer very deeply and thoroughly, to the point that they knew precisely how that customer perceives, interprets and responds to every detail of his life. From … Continue reading

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Lennon-McCartney reimagined

In an alternate universe John Lennon came to Paul McCartney with the start of “She Said She Said” and Paul said “That’s a great start. Let me know when it’s finished, then let’s record it.” * In an alternate universe … Continue reading

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Titan vs olympian

A pretty simple truth made confusing through my own idiosyncratic mythical language: The essential difference between titan vs olympian is relationship with Hermes.

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Muir – “The Grave of Prometheus”

“The Grave of Prometheus” No one comes here now, neither god nor man. For long the animals have kept away, Scared by immortal cries and the scream of vultures; Now by this silence. The heavenly thief who stole Heaven’s dangerous … Continue reading

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Janus drawing

I’m going to draw a picture of Janus. The first face will be Maria (from Metropolis) and the second face will be the usual one.

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The Eighth Day Adventist

The theologian began with the assumption that humankind is created in God’s image, and proceeded to reverse-engineer God’s being from the psychological image of mankind. He concluded that the Seventh Day was the most strenuous day of all for the … Continue reading

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Gathering

Suddenly and miraculously, three people find themselves sitting together in a room, conversing. Moments before, nine people sat alone in three rooms, talking.

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Vision management

To be assigned responsibility for something is almost synonymous with taking care of all the details of some work activity or work product. But rarely is anyone assigned responsibility for maintaining the vision of the whole in the execution of … Continue reading

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Two stories about skin

His overwhelming desire to get out was his eviction notice. He had to leave this place immediately. It wasn’t so much that he needed to not be here anymore. It was that he needed to be there — to know … Continue reading

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Crests

Years ago my sister and I were swimming in the ocean as a storm was coming in. The waves were huge and powerful. It was nearly impossible to move from the near-region where broken waves grappled in churning knots, out … Continue reading

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Edenic seeds

A biologist held out two seeds, one in each hand. “This seed in my left hand is a future tree. If you plant this seed in a sunny spot on fertile soil and keep it watered it will consume nutrients, … Continue reading

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The explorer and the settler

An explorer discovered a beautiful unsettled site at the foot of a mountain. He marked the spot on his map, and went back to the city for supplies. His plan was to establish a settlement there. When he returned to … Continue reading

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The good gardener

A gardener had a policy of treating all the plants fairly, giving each its equal share of water, sun, fertilizer, etc. According to this gardener, the plant’s health was its own responsibility, seeing that the plant itself was the sole … Continue reading

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Advice to the drowning

An objective lifeguard shouted practical advice to a drowning man: “Stop panicking and you’ll be okay; but if you keep panicking you’ll drown.” The man continued to panic and eventually did drown, proving the lifeguard right.

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Iridescent irritants

Some random notes on the inner topology of oysters… * A pearl is an inside-out oyster shell. * An oyster coats the ocean with mother-of-pearl. Outside the shell is ocean, inside the pearl is ocean. Between inner-shell and outer-pearl is … Continue reading

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Aesopian cactus

According to the cactus: “During a drought you see what a plant is really made of.”

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Beyond deism

Santayana: “Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.” * An estranged couple went on a road trip. Fearing a meltdown they avoided the subject of where they were going. Instead they bickered about one another’s … Continue reading

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