By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Fable of the Turkey

English: Portret of a turkey
English: Portret of a turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was speaking the other day with a farmer near my home. I was admiring her colorful turkey with all his black and white feathers burgeoning around his body and in his very large, fan-like tail. He was quite a colorful, large, and impressive sight strutting around his fenced yard. His face was very much like the photo at right.

But the farmer noted that actually the proud turkey is quite small--the fluffy feathers make him seem much bigger than he actually is. His actual body is quite smaller than the feathers alone would lead you to believe.

And so, there is more "puffery" in the turkey than actual meat.

This image of the overblown turkey is quite applicable to many of our fellow humans and many human entities--from universities to nations. For example, some prestigious universities are so besotted with themselves that they play the puffed-out turkey: their arrogant self-regard far surpasses what is really there of actual intellectual and human worth. And, of course, many individuals play the same delusory game. Elected politicians come to mind since they are in the business of actually making you think that they are somehow indispensable, when, of course, they are perfectly and unequivocally dispensable and expendable.

Look around and see if the fable of the turkey applies to what you observe. We have the expression "take X or Y with a grain of salt." Maybe, we should take many arrogant institutions and individuals as if they were really scrawny turkeys with deceptive plumage and so puncture their delusions.
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