Tuesday, May 28, 2024
WORTHLESS ENDEAVORS

WORTHLESS ENDEAVORS

– Courses of Action

YORUBA: Kíni kìràkìtà l’ára kẹ́tẹ́kẹ́tẹ́ t’a gùn tí ò sá’ré? Àgùn f’ẹsẹ̀ wọ́’lẹ̀; atan’ni f’ógun mú ẹran!.

ENGLISH TARANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA: What’s exceptional about the donkey that doesn’t sprint when we ride it? The beast that drags the rider’s feet through dust, till war catches up with him.

CLARIFICATIONS: Donkey is not known for speeding. It is not the right animal for someone who is trying to escape from a war. Horse is a better beast of burden when one engages in an expeditious mission. This axiom indicates that one is better off by espousing an individual or a course of action than the other.

IMAGE: A man and his donkey.

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