Grasshopper and dating someone younger
Some modern stereotypes of animals have a long tradition dating back to Aesop's Fables, which draw upon sources that include ancient Egyptian animal tales.Aesop's stereotypes were so deeply ingrained by the time of Apollonius of Tyana that they were accepted as representative of the various types of animals' "true" natures: And there is another charm about him, namely, that he puts animals in a pleasing light and makes them interesting to mankind.For after being brought up from childhood with these stories, and after being as it were nursed by them from babyhood, we acquire certain opinions of the several animals and think of some of them as royal animals, of others as silly, of others as witty, and others as innocent.Many animal stereotypes reflect anthropomorphic notions unrelated to animals' true behaviors.
While some authors make use of these animal stereotypes "as is", others undermine reader expectations by reversing them, developing the animal character in contrasting ways to foil expectations or create amusement, like a fastidious pig or cowardly lion.
Foxes are often stereotyped as sly and cunning tricksters, for instance in the famous fable of The Fox and the Crow, portrayed here on Léon Rousseau's painted panel of the fable, Musée Jean de La Fontaine.
India has a rich tradition of animal stories and beast fables, including one of the world's oldest collections of stories, the Panchatantra and its later derivatives such as the Hitopadesha.
Many Pastors I have known seem to feel they have all the answers, so the questions Don’t matter. That turns the heat up a little and, quite frankly, it stings! Nowadays if you are a “pastor” the only spiritual gifting your church wants is “administration.” Churches are corporations in search of a CEO/CFO type. These responses probably aren’t the way most people feel.
Pastors “seem to feel they have all the answers, so the questions don’t matter”? A pastor that helps you define anything other than who would lead a committee! And there’s something in me that wants to rise up and defend my fellow pastors. What if these responses represent more people than we realize? In response to these three replies, which probably came from deep hurt, cloaked in protective sarcasm, my friend wisely responded this way: My late father, a pastor for 30 years & minister for 46 years, demonstrated all the attributes I described in my original post. Maybe the role in the last 20-30 years has changed so radically that a pastor doesn’t coach anyone anymore. Quick 2 point sermon w/ motivational quotes, then shove them out the door for the 2nd service crowd.