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Parables and Stories

Alex has taught at seven public schools, been accepted into three honorary societies, and traveled the Americas and Europe. He has his BS.


The Dog And The Panther

There was a dog who prayed for bones, and a panther who prayed for meat.
Perhaps if they had prayed together, they could have both been full from their desires.
Instead the cat ate the dog, until there was naught but bones.
Their prayers were answered, but the dog was not satisfied.

The Fan And The Wind

The electric fan said to the wind, "I am a god, created in your image!"
The wind said nothing. It simply blew the fan over on its side.

The Poet And The Soldier

The poet dreams, but she doesn't live.
The soldier lives, but has forgotten how to dream.
She who can master both is truly alive.

The Smoker And The Murderer

The murderer said to the smoker, "We both desire fleeting pleasures, and they end in death for each of us."
The smoker said, "You cursed among men! I practice the right of my autonomy, while you take what was never yours."
The murderer asked, "And what of the man who sold you your tobacco?"
The smoker replied, "That man did not force me to come and purchase it."
Thus, philosophy cannot aid the unrighteous.

The Two Rats

There were two rats. The first ate everything, while the other was a vegetarian.
The first rat became large with time, and was easily found and caught by an owl.
The vegetarian rat could find little food for herself, and died of starvation.

© 2020 Alexander James Guckenberger