“Why do you walk side-wise like that my son? You ought to walk straight.”

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In one of Aesop’s fables, an old Mother Crab says to her son, “Why do you walk sidewise like that my son? You ought to walk straight.”  The little crab responds by asking, “Show me how, dear Mother, and I’ll follow your example.” Though the Mother Crab tried in vain to walk straight, she could only move sideways. She quickly saw how unreasonable her advice was to her son. The moral of the fable is obvious, it is easier to tell than to do, and an example is more authoritative than is a lesson.

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Newsletter 27-28 Jan 2018