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Fiction- Stories, Myths, and Legends. THE LESSON. PARTS 5-7.

THE LESSON. PT 5.


Student, Professor, Uni, Books, Study

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS. IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS."

The Fire Continued to Burn Brightly, as the Young Man Stirred the Embers with a Long Branch Taken From a Nearby Oak Tree. He was Trying to find the Words that would Answer the Accusation that his Guest had just Confronted him with.

"Well," he stammered, "I didnt want to- uh- you see, worry Them...So I... Um..." his Voice Cracked with Uncertainty.

"You Lied to Protect Their Feelings?", asked the New Arrival.

"Yes," was the Immediate Reply. "I didnt see the need to Cause Them unnecessary Distress. Besides, I am of Age to choose what I do, and where I go."

The Older Man Crouched down before the Fire, Directly Opposite his Host. Rubbing His Hands Together, he said, "Old Enough to Choose. There is Wisdom that comes with Age, but it is the Product of Experience, Developed Reasoning Skills, and Disciplined Contemplation, not from Marking Days on a Calendar. Just because one can make choices, does not mean that They Should, at least without the Guidance and Advice of Those who are in a position to know More Than They."

The Young Man looked across the Fire, and feeling embarrassed, struggled to form a response. Finally he said, "They would have Tried to Dissuade Me, with Warnings about Imagined Perils and Unseen Forces that I would Face on such a Venture."

The Older Man took a Drink from a Canteen that was wrapped around his shoulder, and with a sigh said, "YOU WILL LOSE NOTHING BY SEEKING ADVICE, AND GAIN NOTHING BY NEVER ASKING FOR IT. THAT IS A LESSON THE FOOL NEVER LEARNS. SOME CALL IT PRIDE, I CALL IT STUPIDITY."











Fiction-, Stories, Myths, and Legends.

THE LESSON. PT 6.

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS. IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS."

Learning, Teacher, School, Outdoor, Pa


The Young Man stared sullenly into the Fire. It had been several minutes since his Visitor had Reprimanded Him for the Decision to Enter the Mountains, in a Hazardous Quest to find a Man he didnt know.

He looked Up Across the Fire at his Visitor, and Thought; "He Thinks I'm a Fool, yet it is His Reputation that brought me here. He Doesnt Understand, just like all the rest."

Almost, as if on Cue, the Visitor Broke the Silence.

"Alright Lad", He said with a Sigh, "You May be a Fool, but you Sought me out at great Risk. Ask Me Your Questions, and see if I was Worth the Time and Effort to find."

The Young Man Couldnt Believe His Luck, and His Wide Smile did Nothing to Hide the Elation he felt. Gathering Up his Courage, he Took a Deep Breath and Spoke;  "I have sought your Council about What I should do with my Life. Everyone Seems to Think That I can do Anything I want, That I will be a Success No Matter What Path I Choose. Yet, I am not so sure."

The Older Man Stood Up, and Stretching his Arms Out to Loosen his Muscles, shook his head as he looked up at the Moon.

"Just what makes you Think My Reputation as a Wise Man of Great Intellect is Deserved?" He said this while resuming his seat by the Fire. After Settling Himself, he continued, "Did it Occur to you that I left the Company of Other People to Live Alone, because I realized that it was not Possible for Me to Live Up to the Standards Others expected."

Gaining Confidence, the Young Man Answered Quickly. "With No Disrespect Intended, I Find that Difficult to Believe. There are Numerous Examples, Told Often, of Your Intelligence and Insight Rescuing others From Certain Destruction, and Making Right Things Done Wrong."

The Older Man got up, walked around the Fire, and Took a Seat Next to his Younger Acquaintance. He Looked Him Straight in the Eye, and said, almost kindly, "What if My Skill was not Providing Solutions for everyones problems, but the Ability to See The Answers to such difficulties lay within the Minds of Others, and all I did was just bring them out?"















Fiction-, Stories, Myths, and Legends.

THE LESSON. PT 7.

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS. IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS."


Wanderer, Backpack, Hike, Away, Path

The Young Man was Stunned. Could it be True? Were all the Stories and Anecdotes about the Vast Intellect and Wisdom of the Older Man just a lot of Empty Noise, with no Basis in fact?

The Fire Reflected off the face of his visitor, and the Smile across his face was Wide and Apparent. The Youth couldnt Bring Himself to ask another question, afraid that it would elicit more information about the Folly of the Search he had Undertaken.

His Guest continued to look at him, but the smile had Disappeared, replaced by a Far Away Look of Contemplation. Looking Up at the Newly Risen Moon, he began to speak.

"You See," his voice was Low, but Steady. "I Possess no Vast Store of Knowledge. When I was your Age, I wanted to be a Teacher, but it was a Vocation that Lacked Discipline and Exacting Standards. I Realized that Students were being Harmed by a Lack of a Thorough and Comprehensive Formal Education. I set out to change that, and Succeeded in a way I never expected. Unfortunately, an Increase in the Needed Capabilities to Teach Required that There be a Way to Judge Who Met the New Qualifications, and Who did not."

The Young Man suddenly found His Voice again, and Blurted Out; "So You became the One Everyone else looked to, to Approve or Disapprove each Perspective Teacher. Then You really are what I have been Told. I Don't Understand Your Reluctance to Admit that. You Became the Standard by which all Future Teachers are measured."

The Elder Man stood up slowly, and walked over to a nearby Tree. The Bark was Discolored in Several Places, and some Form of Mushroom seemed to be growing at the Base.

"Im Hungry," he said after a few Moments. He then bent down and pulled several of the growths free from the ground. Standing back up he said, "I Believe Cooking these properly will suit my purposes. Lend me a Pan and some Utensils, and I will make each of us a quite adequate Meal."

The Youthful Explorer jumped up immediately, and rushing over, grabbed the Hand Holding the Intended Menu Item. "STOP!", he yelled, "THOSE ARE OF AN INEDIBLE GROUP THAT GROWS AROUND THAT SPECIFIC KIND OF TREE. WE WOULD DIE IN AGONY IF THEY WERE CONSUMED."

The Man looked at his Potential Savior, with a Stunned and Perplexed look that seemed to Indicate his Displeasure at such an action. Pulling his hand free from the grasp of the Young Man he said, "What are you Talking About? Everyone knows the Color and Shape, along with the Time of Year, makes this Variety a perfect Blend of Taste and Texture. Watch." He Then proceeded to wipe off one of Mushrooms with his sleeve, and...


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