The Mystery Behind Aesop’s, The Tortoise And The Hare

by Samuel De Lemos

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I’ve finally
figured
it out!

The answer was given to me in a dream.

The concealed meaning
in Aesop’s delicate riddle.

The race between
tortoise and hare,
I’ve thought about
repeatedly,
deeply considering
it’s importance and
mystery.

Why does the hare
so fast and with
such aplomb
lose to
the tortoise’s
unprecedented
challenge?

The hare,
represents
youthful
self-assurance,

who’s vitality and
innate strength is
unquestionable,

in comparison with
the tortoises slow
moving feet.

The hidden secret
in this ancient
fabled story
is that the
tortoise,
is symbolic
of earthly time,
which is
constant,
and
delays
not.

O the untempered exuberance
of youth:

We deceive ourselves
and presume we
have all the time
to play around!

Cunningly represented
by, the hare taking
a nap and not caring;

an apathetic and
sophomoric regard
towards the importance
of the occasion.

What a
big surprise
when the hare finally
realizes that the
tortoise
has overcome it!

And the shock that
settles in when youth
ruefully perceives that:

Time has passed it by!

The Tortoise and the Hare
by Aesop
The hare laughed at the tortoise’s feet but the tortoise declared, ‘I will beat you in a race!’ The hare replied, ‘Those are just words. Race with me, and you’ll see! Who will mark out the track and serve as our umpire?’ ‘The fox,’ replied the tortoise, ‘since she is honest and highly intelligent.’ When the time for the race had been decided upon, the tortoise did not delay, but immediately took off down the race course. The hare, however, lay down to take a nap, confident in the speed of his feet. Then, when the hare eventually made his way to the finish line, he found that the tortoise had already won.

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