Five little monkeys sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile: “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile
As quiet as can be and…SNAP!
Four little monkeys sitting in a tree…
Three little monkeys sitting in a tree…
Two little monkeys sitting in a tree…
Ukila na timsaha, hutapata nyingi raha.
If you want to eat with the crocodile, you will not have much pleasure
Do not be too ambitious; stay with your own people.
Timsaha [dialect], mamba, ngwena: crocodile.
A fish from the river, a staff from the wood and a deer from the mountain – thefts no Gael was ever ashamed of.
Meaning: A frog which leaves under a cocunut shell will think that the shell is the world. So, one who is like the frog will have no knowledge of
things/events/places outside his ‘world’. He refuses to venture out into the world-he remains ignorant but is happy with it.
“He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a home for himself and a heritage for his children”
– South Seas saying
― Donald Barthelme, Come Back, Dr. Caligari
Fragments of fox fur, sewn together, will make a robe.
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
– Robert A. Heinlein
“Take for instance a man driven to incessant work by a sense of deep insecurity and loneliness; or another one driven by ambition, or greed for money. In all these cases the person is the slave of a passion, and his activity is in reality a “passivity” because he is driven; he is the sufferer, not the “actor”. On the other hand a man sitting quiet and contemplating, with no purpose or aim except that of experiencing himself and his oneness with the world, is considered to be “passive”, because he is not “doing” anything. In reality, this attitude of concentrated meditation is the highest activity there is, an activity of the soul, which is possible only under the condition of inner freedom and independence”
― Erich Fromm