Re: Coursera Course Fantasy and Science Fiction — New Submission, posted to Coursera Sunday, July 29, 2012
Dear Courteous Reader:
Shortly after the disaster at the Bay Pigs, President Kennedy began his press conference thusly: “Success has many fathers. Failure is an orphan. For all the blunders in Cuba, I take full responsibility.”
Here, now, I take full responsibility for my failure to read thoroughly the boundaries set forth by Dr.Rabkin. My original Essay (posted at http://tinyurl.com/HibbsBlunder) does not come within a long country mile of meeting his instructions. Therefore I have withdrawn it and substituted this piece instead. (Do two wrongs make one right?)
But, Dear Reader, here is the main point: I do not want to be orphaned from this class. I promise to carefully review all submissions as outlined by Dr. Rabkin.
In support, I tender this fable:
There once was a diligent farmer who entrusted his son to trek to a far-off market where the boy was firmly instructed to buy a cow. “Here, son is our life’s savings. Get us a fat cow so we know we will always have milk.”
Weeks later the boy returned with a few hens, a rooster and an aging but otherwise healthy horse. Enraged, the father threatened to banish his son from the household. “Please Father,” pleaded the son, “do not be so quick. It’s true our soup will be thin all next year. But the chickens will keep us from starving. The rooster will get us up early. And, if we follow what I learned about horses, soon we will have not just one cow, but many.”
Forgiveness is easier to grant than permission. Here, I must ask for both. Please don’t orphan a well-meaning student who has a hard time following well-meant instructions. —
P.S. The “Dear Courteous Reader” salutation comes from Ben Franklin’s Way To Wealth. The parables there are, I say, without peer. Found at http://tinyurl.com/HibbsBlunder. Enjoy!