My mother ued to read "Moral Fables" to me. One of our favorites was the Joel Chandler Harris rendition of "Brer Rabbit, (Brother Rabbit) and the Tar Baby."
I am recognizing a connection here with myself and thought it might be appropriate to share.
How many of us decide we are going to change a situation, the more entangled we become. The more we exert force, either verbal or physical, and wind up getting stuck in it? The more that Br'er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes.
"tar baby" refers to any "sticky situation" that is only aggravated by additional contact.
As usual, I am writing to myself. Saying the things I want to remember. Keeping my eyes on the path, enjoying the Journey and walking past sticky situations. These are private words I say to myself in public.
I know that I know and that I don't know, but I forget. Writing it down helps me remember.
I am trying to see the point of this story. I guess this is where the term outfoxed came from. The fox didn't gain anything except a good laugh. The rabbit didn't gain anything and maybe died stuck there. The tar baby was nothing but a decoy and trap set.
I remember some version where the tar baby was used to repair a pot hole. I am trying to remember where. Oh I found it the was SNL Mr. Mike.
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